How To Distill Rum At Home
Want to know how to distill rum at home? Rum is distilled and fermented sugar and water. You can distill your rum at home as long as you know the correct process. The key to deliciously smooth rum is to start with quality sugar cane. The sugar cane is crushed and the juice is extracted. The sugar is carefully boiled to produce sugar and molasses. Molasses is one of the key ingredients in rum. Water and yeast are added to the sugar and molasses. Fermentation occurs. The sugar converts to alcohol during the process. After this, the distilling process occurs.
In order to distill rum at home, you will need:
- Good quality molasses
- Pot still
- Whiskey barrel
- Fill the pot still with your fermented mixture of molasses and water. Make sure the parts are equal. Begin to heat the pot. Heat until the rum mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. This is the boiling point of alcohol. Allow the temperature to reach a couple degrees higher. Make sure the copper coil attached to the pot still is in a waterjacket. The waterjacket helps to turn the mixture into liquid.
- Pour the liquid rum mixture through the pot still two additional times. Clean the pot still before each time. Rum is an alcohol that is triple condensed.
- Though the alcohol is distilled, the process is not done. The rum must be aged in order to be considered true rum.
- Rum gets its flavor by being placed in oak charred whiskey barrels for aging. The aging process can easily change rum into vodka. It is all about where the alcohol is placed to age. To make flavored rum, fruit is steeped with the alcohol during aging.