Whiskey Still Plans
When it comes to making moonshine,
whiskey distilling is most commonly done in a pot
still. This is because a pot still is the best choice
for making spirits that are rich in flavor and texture.
Popular alcohol choices for making pot still moonshine
include dark rum, bourbon, single-malt scotch and whiskey.
Using a home made pot still to produce
rich flavorful whiskey is a common practice that
can be done right out of your own kitchen. However,
keep in mind that this is NOT legal in many areas.
Simple Whiskey Still Plans can be
derived from basic products you can find around
your house and in your kitchen. It can be very inexpensive
to make up your home made pot still to get into
the distilling process with little or no money invested.
Whiskey vs. Whisky: Where, Why, What?
earliest references of whiskey can be traced back
to the early 1400's and its origin with the medieval
monks of Ireland.
Whiskey and its earliest recorded
origins date back to 1405 where the first
confirmed written record of whiskey in Ireland
comes from the Annals of Clonmacnoise, an
early 17th-century Modern English translation
of a lost Irish chronicle covering events
in Ireland from pre-history to AD 1408.
This earliest reference attributes the death
of a chieftain to "taking a surfeit of
aqua vitae" at
Whisky shows its first evidence of
whisky production in Scotland recorded with
an entry found in the Exchequer Rolls for
1494. This first recorded mention of whisky
references malt being sent to "Friar John
Cor, by order of the king", enough to make
approximate 500 bottles of
The variation in the way that Whiskey
is spelled originates from its translation in the
Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. The Scots spell
it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey. Whiskey
with the extra 'e' is typical spelling used in American
whiskies as well. The whiskey term was brought to
the United States by the Irish immigrants in the
1700s. The word whisky comes from the Gaelic term
‘uisge beatha’, or ‘usquebaugh’, meaning ‘water
Whisky or Whiskey is specifically
made from grain and is aged in wood casks. Different
types of whiskey are separated by the grain they
are made from, how they are aged, and specific regional
processes. Whiskey is made from fermented grain
mash where various grains (which may be malted)
are used for different varieties, including barley,
corn (maize), rye, and wheat. The wooden casks that
Whisky is typically aged in, are generally made
of charred white oak.
Whisky comes from Scotland. Scotches are
made mostly with barley, and are smokey from the
way the barley is kiln dried.
Whiskey is a type of American barrel-aged
whiskey made primarily from corn "at least half".
Bourbon Whiskey is aged in charred barrels that
infuse caramel and vanilla flavors.
Whiskey is made from rye. In the United States,
"rye whiskey" by law is made from a mash of at least
51 percent rye. The other ingredients of the mash
are usually corn and malted barley. It is distilled
to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% abv), and
aged in charred, new oak barrels. The whiskey must
be put into such barrels at not more than 125 (U.S.)
proof (62.5% abv). Rye whiskey that has been properly
aged for at least two years may be further designated
as "straight", as in "straight rye whiskey".
Aqua Vitae and its relation
Aqua vitae (Latin for "water of
life") or aqua vita, is an archaic term widely use
during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance for a
concentrated aqueous solution of ethanol. The origin
is undoubtedly much earlier, having been used by
Saint Patrick and his fellow monks to refer to both
the alcohol and the waters of baptism.
Aqua vitae was a term often applied
to important locally produced distilled spirits.
France - eau de vie
Italy - acquavite
Scandinavia - akvavit
Poland - okowita
Ukraine - оковита (okovyta)
Belarus - акавіта (akavita)
Southern Russian Dialects -