Julia Nolan, an honest to goodness Chemical Engineer, joins us on this week's episode of Systm with an easy way to distill hard liquor. Instead of building (or buying) a complicated still, made of copper and welded together, Julia has a super simple hack for a a standard countertop water distiller. The end result? We distill some pretty powerful hooch from a batch of hard cider made from apple juice concentrate! (You'll need a food grade bucket along with brewer's yeast to make the cider. (It's all about not making vinegar!) Julia also walks us through how she made the cider, where the alcohol comes from, how fermentation work and distillation work, and why you'll want to blend what you capture from the distiller. And, yes, she talks about why you're not going to blind yourself on this project. But remember that distilling Alcohol isn't legal for US residents without the proper permit, though DIY distilling, or, for the foodies, 'White Collar Moonshine' is growing in popularity in the US. Watch this video beverage making tutorial and learn how to distill alcohol at home.
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