Whisky made at home is pretty easy and convenient. If you do it right by following the instructions and recipes, you will find yourself wanting to repeat the process again and again. Making whiskey has always been popular and once you are sure that you are not breaking any rules by distilling your own alcohol in your state, you can try your hand at it.
The following are the ingredients you will need to make your first batch of good whiskey: 7 lbs rye, 2 lbs barley, 3 g of yeast, 1 lb malt, water (6 gallons), a processor or food mill, a fermentation container that is airtight, a still that can be bought at a supply store or make at home with a pressure cooker or steam kettle (these should have a steam valve), a thermometer that helps in monitoring the temperatures, rubber tubing or plastic hose, a huge pot, pillow case to strain out solids and glass or whiskey bottles.
The first step is to crush the rye and barley into a coarse looking powder. This can be accomplished by using the food mill or food processor. Crushing by hand is also fine if you use a clean brick or stone to do the job. Pour good quality bottle spring water (6 gallons of it) into the cooking pot and put it on the stove in order to heat up to a required temperature of 70 degrees F. You can suspend the thermometer into the cooking pot so that monitoring the temperature can be done conveniently and easily.
Add the crushed grains and malt into the water and stir this continuously as you slowly raise the temperature to 160 degrees F. This has to be done for 3 hours maintaining the temperature at the required degree. This will convert the starch present in the mixture into sugar. Next take off the container from the stove and cool the mash till it is around 70 degrees F. This is the moment when yeast should be added and stirred well so that it does its work. Adding the yeast into a hot mixture will kill it, therefore wait till the mixture is sufficiently cooled down first.
The next step is the fermentation process. The mixture should be put into a large container which is airtight in order to help the fermentation to begin. Use a waterproof sealant in gaps. In about the week, the fermentation should be complete. Pour this liquid through a pillowcase or filter so that you can filter out any solids.
Whisky made at home will now involve distilling the alcohol next. If you but a still from a home brew supply shop you will have no problems following the instructions that come with it. However a homemade still is also easy to make and operate. A rice or pressure cooker or a steam kettle should be used. Plastic or rubber hose/tubing should be placed over the steam valve. A plastic bag can also be used for this. Once the liquids are heated again, it will change into vapor on boiling and this vapor will escape into the hose or plastic bag, into a storage container. Drain the alcohol into the bottles and let it age to get a good taste and flavor.