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  • thecerealfactory
    I ve been a long time home brewer and have been easing up to distilling for awhile now (just got my mile hi pot still in the mail actually!) and for the past
    Message 1 of 14 , Aug 12 8:28 AM
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      I've been a long time home brewer and have been easing up to distilling for awhile now (just got my mile hi pot still in the mail actually!) and for the past year+ I have been reading everything I can find on distilling, and the one book that REALLY stood out to me was "How To Make Whiskey: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Whiskey" by Bryan Davis. I found it to be the best, most straight forward read on the subject. If I had to pick only one book for someone starting out, that would be it; and it's relatively cheap too! -Jason


      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "bubb4244" <bubbas55@...> wrote:
      >
      > seriously new here. ive read several books over the years about distilling but not until i looked into this group and the home distiller site did i learn certain aspects of this hobby. two questions.
      >
      > any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the cash
      >
      > i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it set up wrong so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only got 2 guarts before scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer and it froze... which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal, using bakers yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much but im here to learn.
      > comments welcomed.
      > thanks
      >
    • Zapata Vive
      Here are my recommendations in order for a beginner. zymurgy bob s Making Fine Spirits was a relatively new purchase for me.
      Message 2 of 14 , Aug 12 10:50 AM
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        Here are my recommendations in order for a beginner.

        zymurgy bob's Making Fine Spirits was a relatively new purchase for me.
        http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob-books/making-fine-spirits/

        To be honest I didn't get a whole lot from it, but I've been playing with stills, reading books, and keeping up with the lists and forums for years.  I do think it is probably the most concise introduction for beginner and maybe intermediate distillers looking to work with pot stills.  If you have a pot still and have any problems getting started I'd give it a strong recommendation.  Focus is really on the absolute beginner, with a suggested progression of equipment, recipes and how to's.

        Smiley's Corn whiskey book is also a great read for beginners.  I'd call it a toss up between this and Z bob's book for a first book for a beginner.  Smiley goes with a different style of still, not a simple pot still.  So it wouldn't match your equipment exactly,  but would still be useful to you.  Branches out just a little beyond corn whiskey, briefly hitting on other whiskey recipes, and even a little info on vodka/neutral alcohol.  Some, but not too much overlap with Z Bob's book.  If you're looking for step by step, I'd say you'd be a little better served by Z Bob's book only because I don't agree 100% with Smiley's choices on equipment.  Not that he's wrong by any means, just that having had several types of stills I personally wouldn't build like he does.  I do wholeheartedly recommend the book as a whole though.

        The Complete distiller is much more focused on column stills and making of vodka/neutral alcohol (with the option of flavoring it later).  If you want to go down that road, it's worth every penny.  It does cover a lot of how and why of distilling, so it is useful knowledge even for a pot stiller, but not step by step kind  of stuff unless you want to make pure flavorless alcohol.  Not essential for a beginning pot stiller, but depending on your budget and personality, a good second / third book.

        Most of the other books I've read are either too technical, or too full of baloney to recommend for a beginner.

        BTW, I linked to Bob's site, where you can buy all the books.  I don't know if he gets anything more by selling them directly than he would if you picked them up elsewhere, but it's cool with me if he does.  Just a personal thing, Bob's been a huge asset to this list.  Nothing against the other authors, they are great assets in their own right.  I've just personally seen less interaction from them where I've been researching the art.




        On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:05 AM, bubb4244 <bubbas55@...> wrote:
         

        seriously new here. ive read several books over the years about distilling but not until i looked into this group and the home distiller site did i learn certain aspects of this hobby. two questions.

        any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the cash

        i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it set up wrong so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only got 2 guarts before scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer and it froze... which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal, using bakers yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much but im here to learn.
        comments welcomed.
        thanks


      • kekedog13
        Welcome aboard bubb, The book I found to be both educational and great fun to read is Ian Smileys Moonshine . I found it at Hastings bookstore. I couldn t
        Message 3 of 14 , Aug 12 11:23 AM
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          Welcome aboard bubb, The book I found to be both educational and great fun to read is Ian Smileys "Moonshine". I found it at Hastings bookstore. I couldn't believe my luck when I found it and bought it immediately. Very informative and a great reference book. I sat by my unit with it on my lap many times to ensure I was on track while it was running a batch.It was a good value at only about 17 $. I would have gladly paid more and am currently reading it cover to cover a second time.It is very much worth looking for. There is a picture of it in the photo section .

          --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, Zapata Vive <zapatavive@...> wrote:
          >
          > Here are my recommendations in order for a beginner.
          >
          > zymurgy bob's Making Fine Spirits was a relatively new purchase for me.
          > http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob-books/making-fine-spirits/
          >
          > To be honest I didn't get a whole lot from it, but I've been playing with
          > stills, reading books, and keeping up with the lists and forums for years.
          > I do think it is probably the most concise introduction for beginner and
          > maybe intermediate distillers looking to work with pot stills. If you have
          > a pot still and have any problems getting started I'd give it a strong
          > recommendation. Focus is really on the absolute beginner, with a suggested
          > progression of equipment, recipes and how to's.
          >
          > Smiley's Corn whiskey book is also a great read for beginners. I'd call it
          > a toss up between this and Z bob's book for a first book for a beginner.
          > Smiley goes with a different style of still, not a simple pot still. So it
          > wouldn't match your equipment exactly, but would still be useful to you.
          > Branches out just a little beyond corn whiskey, briefly hitting on other
          > whiskey recipes, and even a little info on vodka/neutral alcohol. Some,
          > but not too much overlap with Z Bob's book. If you're looking for step by
          > step, I'd say you'd be a little better served by Z Bob's book only because
          > I don't agree 100% with Smiley's choices on equipment. Not that he's wrong
          > by any means, just that having had several types of stills I personally
          > wouldn't build like he does. I do wholeheartedly recommend the book as a
          > whole though.
          >
          > The Complete distiller is much more focused on column stills and making of
          > vodka/neutral alcohol (with the option of flavoring it later). If you want
          > to go down that road, it's worth every penny. It does cover a lot of how
          > and why of distilling, so it is useful knowledge even for a pot stiller,
          > but not step by step kind of stuff unless you want to make pure flavorless
          > alcohol. Not essential for a beginning pot stiller, but depending on your
          > budget and personality, a good second / third book.
          >
          > Most of the other books I've read are either too technical, or too full of
          > baloney to recommend for a beginner.
          >
          > BTW, I linked to Bob's site, where you can buy all the books. I don't know
          > if he gets anything more by selling them directly than he would if you
          > picked them up elsewhere, but it's cool with me if he does. Just a
          > personal thing, Bob's been a huge asset to this list. Nothing against the
          > other authors, they are great assets in their own right. I've just
          > personally seen less interaction from them where I've been researching the
          > art.
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:05 AM, bubb4244 <bubbas55@...> wrote:
          >
          > > **
          > >
          > >
          > > seriously new here. ive read several books over the years about distilling
          > > but not until i looked into this group and the home distiller site did i
          > > learn certain aspects of this hobby. two questions.
          > >
          > > any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the cash
          > >
          > > i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it set up wrong
          > > so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only got 2 guarts before
          > > scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer
          > > and it froze... which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to
          > > start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal, using bakers
          > > yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much but im here to learn.
          > > comments welcomed.
          > > thanks
          > >
          > >
          > >
          >
        • M L
          ... On Mon, 8/12/13, Zapata Vive wrote: Subject: Re: [new_distillers] reading material To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com Date:
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            On Mon, 8/12/13, Zapata Vive <zapatavive@...> wrote:

            Subject: Re: [new_distillers] reading material
            To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Monday, August 12, 2013, 10:50 AM
















             









            Here are my recommendations in order for a
            beginner.

            zymurgy bob's Making Fine Spirits was a relatively new
            purchase for me.
            http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob-books/making-fine-spirits/



            To be honest I didn't get a whole lot from it, but
            I've been playing with stills, reading books, and
            keeping up with the lists and forums for years.  I do think
            it is probably the most concise introduction for beginner
            and maybe intermediate distillers looking to work with pot
            stills.  If you have a pot still and have any problems
            getting started I'd give it a strong recommendation. 
            Focus is really on the absolute beginner, with a suggested
            progression of equipment, recipes and how to's.



            Smiley's Corn whiskey book is also a great read for
            beginners.  I'd call
            it a toss up between this and Z bob's book for a first
            book for a beginner.  Smiley goes with a different style of
            still, not a simple pot still.  So it wouldn't match
            your equipment exactly,  but would still be useful to
            you.  Branches out just a little beyond corn whiskey,
            briefly hitting on other whiskey recipes, and even a little
            info on vodka/neutral alcohol.  Some, but not too much
            overlap with Z Bob's book.  If you're looking for
            step by step, I'd say you'd be a little better
            served by Z Bob's book only because I don't agree
            100% with Smiley's choices on equipment.  Not that
            he's wrong by any means, just that having had several
            types of stills I personally wouldn't build like he
            does.  I do wholeheartedly recommend the book as a whole
            though.



            The Complete distiller is much more focused on column stills
            and making of vodka/neutral alcohol (with the option of
            flavoring it later).  If you want to go down that road,
            it's worth every penny.  It does cover a lot of how and
            why of distilling, so it is useful knowledge even for a pot
            stiller, but not step by step kind  of stuff unless you
            want to make pure flavorless alcohol.  Not essential for a
            beginning pot stiller, but depending on your budget and
            personality, a good second / third book.



            Most of the other books I've read are either too
            technical, or too full of baloney to recommend for a
            beginner.

            BTW, I linked to Bob's site, where you can buy all the
            books.  I don't know if he gets anything more by
            selling them directly than he would if you picked them up
            elsewhere, but it's cool with me if he does.  Just a
            personal thing, Bob's been a huge asset to this list. 
            Nothing against the other authors, they are great assets in
            their own right.  I've just personally seen less
            interaction from them where I've been researching the
            art.






            On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at
            3:05 AM, bubb4244 <bubbas55@...>
            wrote:

















             









            seriously new here. ive read several books over the
            years about distilling but not until i looked into this
            group and the home distiller site did i learn certain
            aspects of this hobby. two questions.



            any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the
            cash



            i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it
            set up wrong so ..it didnt work but finally got it going..
            only got 2 guarts before scudding the operation.. smelled
            and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer and it froze...
            which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to
            start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal,
            using bakers yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know
            much but im here to learn.



            comments welcomed.

            thanks
          • Michael Gore
            Head of to homedistiller.com and go to the tried and true. I recommend Winoes Plain ol Sugar Wash. Very easy and it s a good neutral.
            Message 5 of 14 , Aug 12 11:34 AM
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              Head of to homedistiller.com and go to the tried and true. I recommend Winoes Plain ol' Sugar Wash. Very easy and it's a good neutral.

            • Bubbas55
              thanks for the recommendations.. i found smileys book on amazon and will get a copy. ... From: kekedog13 To: new_distillers
              Message 6 of 14 , Aug 12 12:25 PM
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                thanks for the recommendations.. i found smileys book on amazon and will get a copy.


                -----Original Message-----
                From: kekedog13 <kekedog13@...>
                To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 2:25 pm
                Subject: [new_distillers] Re: reading material

                 
                Welcome aboard bubb, The book I found to be both educational and great fun to read is Ian Smileys "Moonshine". I found it at Hastings bookstore. I couldn't believe my luck when I found it and bought it immediately. Very informative and a great reference book. I sat by my unit with it on my lap many times to ensure I was on track while it was running a batch.It was a good value at only about 17 $. I would have gladly paid more and am currently reading it cover to cover a second time.It is very much worth looking for. There is a picture of it in the photo section .

                --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, Zapata Vive <zapatavive@...> wrote:
                >
                > Here are my recommendations in order for a beginner.
                >
                > zymurgy bob's Making Fine Spirits was a relatively new purchase for me.
                > http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob-books/making-fine-spirits/
                >
                > To be honest I didn't get a whole lot from it, but I've been playing with
                > stills, reading books, and keeping up with the lists and forums for years.
                > I do think it is probably the most concise introduction for beginner and
                > maybe intermediate distillers looking to work with pot stills. If you have
                > a pot still and have any problems getting started I'd give it a strong
                > recommendation. Focus is really on the absolute beginner, with a suggested
                > progression of equipment, recipes and how to's.
                >
                > Smiley's Corn whiskey book is also a great read for beginners. I'd call it
                > a toss up between this and Z bob's book for a first book for a beginner.
                > Smiley goes with a different style of still, not a simple pot still. So it
                > wouldn't match your equipment exactly, but would still be useful to you.
                > Branches out just a little beyond corn whiskey, briefly hitting on other
                > whiskey recipes, and even a little info on vodka/neutral alcohol. Some,
                > but not too much overlap with Z Bob's book. If you're looking for step by
                > step, I'd say you'd be a little better served by Z Bob's book only because
                > I don't agree 100% with Smiley's choices on equipment. Not that he's wrong
                > by any means, just that having had several types of stills I personally
                > wouldn't build like he does. I do wholeheartedly recommend the book as a
                > whole though.
                >
                > The Complete distiller is much more focused on column stills and making of
                > vodka/neutral alcohol (with the option of flavoring it later). If you want
                > to go down that road, it's worth every penny. It does cover a lot of how
                > and why of distilling, so it is useful knowledge even for a pot stiller,
                > but not step by step kind of stuff unless you want to make pure flavorless
                > alcohol. Not essential for a beginning pot stiller, but depending on your
                > budget and personality, a good second / third book.
                >
                > Most of the other books I've read are either too technical, or too full of
                > baloney to recommend for a beginner.
                >
                > BTW, I linked to Bob's site, where you can buy all the books. I don't know
                > if he gets anything more by selling them directly than he would if you
                > picked them up elsewhere, but it's cool with me if he does. Just a
                > personal thing, Bob's been a huge asset to this list. Nothing against the
                > other authors, they are great assets in their own right. I've just
                > personally seen less interaction from them where I've been researching the
                > art.
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:05 AM, bubb4244 <bubbas55@...> wrote:
                >
                > > **
                > >
                > >
                > > seriously new here. ive read several books over the years about distilling
                > > but not until i looked into this group and the home distiller site did i
                > > learn certain aspects of this hobby. two questions.
                > >
                > > any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the cash
                > >
                > > i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it set up wrong
                > > so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only got 2 guarts before
                > > scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer
                > > and it froze... which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to
                > > start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal, using bakers
                > > yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much but im here to learn.
                > > comments welcomed.
                > > thanks
                > >
                > >
                > >
                >

              • Michael Gore
                I m not trying to take away anything from authors of distilling books, but most info can be found online. Especially at sites like homedistiller.com.
                Message 7 of 14 , Aug 12 2:18 PM
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                  I'm not trying to take away anything from authors of distilling books, but most info can be found online. Especially at sites like homedistiller.com.

                • M L
                  OOPS, Correction. The book Moonshine I was referring to is by Matthew B.Rowley ... On Mon, 8/12/13, Bubbas55 wrote: Subject: Re:
                  Message 8 of 14 , Aug 13 11:52 AM
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                    OOPS, Correction. The book "Moonshine" I was referring to is by Matthew B.Rowley
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                    On Mon, 8/12/13, Bubbas55 <bubbas55@...> wrote:

                    Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: reading material
                    To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                    Date: Monday, August 12, 2013, 12:25 PM
















                     









                    thanks
                    for the recommendations.. i found smileys book on amazon and
                    will get a copy.






                    -----Original
                    Message-----

                    From: kekedog13 <kekedog13@...>

                    To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>

                    Sent: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 2:25 pm

                    Subject: [new_distillers] Re: reading material
























                     













                    Welcome aboard bubb, The book I found to be both
                    educational and great fun to read is Ian Smileys
                    "Moonshine". I found it at Hastings bookstore. I
                    couldn't believe my luck when I found it and bought it
                    immediately. Very informative and a great reference book. I
                    sat by my unit with it on my lap many times to ensure I was
                    on track while it was running a batch.It was a good value at
                    only about 17 $. I would have gladly paid more and am
                    currently reading it cover to cover a second time.It is very
                    much worth looking for. There is a picture of it in the
                    photo section .





                    --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com,
                    Zapata Vive <zapatavive@...> wrote:


                    >


                    > Here are my recommendations in order for a beginner.


                    >


                    > zymurgy bob's Making Fine Spirits was a relatively
                    new purchase for me.


                    > http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob-books/making-fine-spirits/


                    >


                    > To be honest I didn't get a whole lot from it, but
                    I've been playing with


                    > stills, reading books, and keeping up with the lists
                    and forums for years.


                    > I do think it is probably the most concise introduction
                    for beginner and


                    > maybe intermediate distillers looking to work with pot
                    stills. If you have


                    > a pot still and have any problems getting started
                    I'd give it a strong


                    > recommendation. Focus is really on the absolute
                    beginner, with a suggested


                    > progression of equipment, recipes and how to's.


                    >


                    > Smiley's Corn whiskey book is also a great read for
                    beginners. I'd call it


                    > a toss up between this and Z bob's book for a first
                    book for a beginner.


                    > Smiley goes with a different style of still, not a
                    simple pot still. So it


                    > wouldn't match your equipment exactly, but would
                    still be useful to you.


                    > Branches out just a little beyond corn whiskey, briefly
                    hitting on other


                    > whiskey recipes, and even a little info on
                    vodka/neutral alcohol. Some,


                    > but not too much overlap with Z Bob's book. If
                    you're looking for step by


                    > step, I'd say you'd be a little better served
                    by Z Bob's book only because


                    > I don't agree 100% with Smiley's choices on
                    equipment. Not that he's wrong


                    > by any means, just that having had several types of
                    stills I personally


                    > wouldn't build like he does. I do wholeheartedly
                    recommend the book as a


                    > whole though.


                    >


                    > The Complete distiller is much more focused on column
                    stills and making of


                    > vodka/neutral alcohol (with the option of flavoring it
                    later). If you want


                    > to go down that road, it's worth every penny. It
                    does cover a lot of how


                    > and why of distilling, so it is useful knowledge even
                    for a pot stiller,


                    > but not step by step kind of stuff unless you want to
                    make pure flavorless


                    > alcohol. Not essential for a beginning pot stiller,
                    but depending on your


                    > budget and personality, a good second / third book.


                    >


                    > Most of the other books I've read are either too
                    technical, or too full of


                    > baloney to recommend for a beginner.


                    >


                    > BTW, I linked to Bob's site, where you can buy all
                    the books. I don't know


                    > if he gets anything more by selling them directly than
                    he would if you


                    > picked them up elsewhere, but it's cool with me if
                    he does. Just a


                    > personal thing, Bob's been a huge asset to this
                    list. Nothing against the


                    > other authors, they are great assets in their own
                    right. I've just


                    > personally seen less interaction from them where
                    I've been researching the


                    > art.


                    >


                    >


                    >


                    >


                    > On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:05 AM, bubb4244
                    <bubbas55@...> wrote:


                    >


                    > > **


                    > >


                    > >


                    > > seriously new here. ive read several books over
                    the years about distilling


                    > > but not until i looked into this group and the
                    home distiller site did i


                    > > learn certain aspects of this hobby. two
                    questions.


                    > >


                    > > any recommended books out there.that are truly
                    worth the cash


                    > >


                    > > i have a small pot still. did my first run, at
                    first had it set up wrong


                    > > so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only
                    got 2 guarts before


                    > > scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok
                    but, put some in the freezer


                    > > and it froze... which makes me think low or no
                    alcohol??? getting ready to


                    > > start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn
                    meal, using bakers


                    > > yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much
                    but im here to learn.


                    > > comments welcomed.


                    > > thanks


                    > >


                    > >


                    > >


                    >
                  • Zapata Vive
                    Thats certainly true. But take zbob s book for example. Read everyrhing he had shared for free online and you get MORE than whats in his book. But the book
                    Message 9 of 14 , Aug 13 8:30 PM
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                      Thats certainly true.  But take zbob s book for example.  Read everyrhing he had shared for free online and you get MORE than whats in his book.  But the book lays it all out, in order, and not interspersed with a variety of comments from others.  Books are great for beginners, references for the experienced, or just those that dont have the time or interest to wade through conflicting info from unknown authors.

                      I think the power of the internet is the vast amount and quality of information available to all of us.  Un/fortunately the net has no editor, so books will always have a place.

                      On Aug 12, 2013 5:18 PM, "Michael Gore" <mgore73@...> wrote:
                       

                      I'm not trying to take away anything from authors of distilling books, but most info can be found online. Especially at sites like homedistiller.com.

                    • matt hammond
                      Hi bubb I recommend the book making pure corn whisky by Ian Smiley BSc
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                        Hi bubb

                        I recommend the book "making pure corn whisky" by Ian Smiley BSc



                        From: bubb4244 <bubbas55@...>;
                        To: <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>;
                        Subject: [new_distillers] reading material
                        Sent: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 7:05:57 AM

                         

                        seriously new here. ive read several books over the years about distilling but not until i looked into this group and the home distiller site did i learn certain aspects of this hobby. two questions.

                        any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the cash

                        i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it set up wrong so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only got 2 guarts before scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer and it froze... which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal, using bakers yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much but im here to learn.
                        comments welcomed.
                        thanks

                      • RLB
                        Why not read www.homedistiller.org?  Its free and contains a huge amount of information. Robert ________________________________ From: matt hammond
                        Message 11 of 14 , Dec 3, 2013
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                          Why not read www.homedistiller.org?  Its free and contains a huge amount of information.

                          Robert


                          From: matt hammond <matt_hammond2003@...>
                          To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 1:35 AM
                          Subject: Re: [new_distillers] reading material

                           
                          Hi bubb
                          I recommend the book "making pure corn whisky" by Ian Smiley BSc


                          From: bubb4244 <bubbas55@...>;
                          To: <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>;
                          Subject: [new_distillers] reading material
                          Sent: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 7:05:57 AM

                           
                          seriously new here. ive read several books over the years about distilling but not until i looked into this group and the home distiller site did i learn certain aspects of this hobby. two questions.

                          any recommended books out there.that are truly worth the cash

                          i have a small pot still. did my first run, at first had it set up wrong so ..it didnt work but finally got it going.. only got 2 guarts before scudding the operation.. smelled and tasted ok but, put some in the freezer and it froze... which makes me think low or no alcohol??? getting ready to start a second mash using 5 lb sugar and 1 lb corn meal, using bakers yeast. i know, its very obvious i dont know much but im here to learn.
                          comments welcomed.
                          thanks



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