If you are an avid fan of alcoholic beverages, especially whiskey then you can now have fun sipping on a glass after making whiskey at home. All you require are the right ingredients with a whiskey making kit and of course, the best possible yeast to make this heady drink right at home.
You will need appropriate brewing and distilling equipment based on the type of whisky that you want to prepare at home. You can make scotch whisky or malt whisky without any problems although if you want whisky with a lot of character then your whisky will have to pass through the aging process and you will definitely have to wait a few months or years before you can say cheers to your close friends.
While mild alcohols such as beer and wine use milder variants of the saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, your chosen whiskey will need a stronger form of whisky yeast even if it is from the same family of fungi. You can start making whiskey by adding water to your chosen grain such as wheat, barley or maize after milling them so as to form a mixture. This mixture will release enzymes such as amylase that will convert all starch present in the grains into sugar. You can also add these enzymes by buying them over the internet so as to provide a stronger mixture.
Once the starch in the mixture has been converted into sugars such as glucose or fructose, among others then you will need to add your fermenting yeast. You will also need to conduct the sugar fermentation process with an airlock fitted on the top of the fermenting vessel. Your fermentation will take a few days based on the strength of the whiskey that you desire and the temperature of the mixture or mash. Instead of using ordinary yeast that does not have high alcohol tolerance or dies at temperatures above 27 degrees Celsius, you can opt for tougher yeast such as turbo yeast that can provide for strong alcohols even at 38 degrees Celsius.
This form of supercharged turboyeast will also provide you with strong alcohol even if you have a weaker mash and can order in small sachets for your new hobby and even buy it in sacks if you decide to open up your own brewery or distillery. You will not only get a little leeway in fermenting mash temperature but will also get purer alcohol due to the presence of micro nutrients in turbo yeast. Once your fermentation process is complete then you will need to distill the fermented ethanol or alcohol to make whiskey.
You will need to transfer the ethanol into your mini-distillery and boil it so as to release alcohol vapor since alcohol has a lower boiling point than water. This vapor will now need to be condensed by using a cooling source to convert those vapors back into distilled alcohol. You can now add burnt fruitwood to provide that wonderful golden color to your whiskey. You can store your whiskey in oak barrels or casks to give it the required maturity and character during the aging process before you can drink this heady alcohol with your loved ones.
You can make whiskey of your choice right at home and even proceed to set up your own distillery if you manage to create a work of liquid art. However, you should make sure that you have the best ingredients and right instructions along with hardy yeast such as turbo yeast to ensure that you get strong and pure whiskey. You can surely have fun sipping on a glass after making whiskey at home if you have the best guidance and materials in your hands.