Many people have dreamt of brewing their own liquor, and while it may be illegal, you may still choose to do so, if only to satisfy your creative mind and know that you can. When doing so, it’s important to ensure that you have all the right tools, and may want to purchase a whiskey making kit to help you do things right.
What It Includes
These kits usually come with an oak barrel, completely with spigot, bung and stand. Your liquor will sit in the barrel for a few weeks to age and take on the flavors of the barrel. Likewise, it may also come with a variety of essences, such as spiced rum, scotch, and bourbon to flavor the liquor. You’ll also get the cleaning materials for the barrel, as well as instructions for use.
What Alcohol To Use
If you’re like most people, you don’t want to do anything illegal that could lead to hefty fines. While you can personally own a still or micro distillery, it is not legal to make moonshine with it. However, you may still choose to do so at your own risk. You can find a wide variety of recipes for various whiskeys, including traditional, good, and rye. Each one will require that you use different ingredients, including untreated whole kernel corn, whiskey pure, malt, yeast, sugar, barley, rye, and/or Ammonium-fluoride.
Almost any alcohol can be used, including vodka, grain alcohol, and rye whiskeys. If you choose to make moonshine and age it, you will make the mixture and place it into the whiskey-making kit rather than aging it the way the recipe states. Likewise, you can follow the directions to age the liquor, as well.
If you choose to use an oak barrel, you should note the various aging processes and flavors they produce. For example, bourbon should be aged in a new barrel, while whiskeys can be aged in a used bourbon barrel. Scotch works best when aged in old whiskey barrels, rum in the Scotch, and so on. Therefore, you should start with making bourbon if you want to make a batch of that and follow the chain. However, you can always choose to make bourbon after your whiskeys or scotch before the bourbon, noting that there may be slight flavor differences. However, these changes can lead to unique liquors that can be shared with friends and family.