How To: Distill your own alcohol

Distill your own alcohol

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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You DO know using ANY technique to concentrate alcohol is ILLEGAL without a (impossible to get) license.

There was not one mention of how-to distill anything in this video! The title should be "how to make plonk wine at home"

They do go on a bit

This was the best instructional clip I have evey seen. It assumes you know nothing. Most clips skip over parts or don't explain them in detail. I could go out and produce alcohol after viewing this. Of course I would have to run the moonshine out of the hills in a solar powered vehicle at about 15 mph. I hope the law would have something slower, maybe solar powered skates. Just kidding. Julia Norton has a gift to teach and entertain at the same time and of course being nice to look at doesn't hurt. along with her great personality.

I think I love her!!

On a side note, I'm switching my major to Chemistry.


I came to find out about distilling cider with the exact same system. I was worried about making methanol, which Julie says is highly unlikely. Also whether the distillate would be worth drinking as the cost of the stills is over £150 on Amazon. That would buy a hell of a lot of Calvados, even more gin or vodka. But I have to find some way to use all the apples and pears we have in the garden other than juice, cider and perry.

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