How To Make Vodka At Home
While many people have made their own beer or wine at home, it takes an extreme hobbyist or even an expert to know how to make vodka at home. To distill vodka, you need a fairly advanced home still as well as plenty of space and time to even begin to tackle the task of making your own liquor. You will also have to leave room for error and failure since it is so difficult, even if you've tried it before. The necessary equipment for home vodka making is a good sized home still, which you can either build yourself or purchase from any home brewing shop or website, as well as two 30-liter fermenters. The easiest thing for ingredients would be to purchase them together from any home brewing supply store or reputable website.
- The still. As any a fan of "M*A*S*H" knows, the still is the most important part of a brewing process. Make sure every piece of your still has been sterilized in bleach or sanitizing solution. This includes the cooling pipes, boiling chamber, and the collection bottle. Also make sure to sterilize anything that will be touching your creation.
- The process. Take a large stock pot and place about 25 liters of tap water into it. Add about two teaspoons of gyspsum to the water and mix it up.
Test the PH, you want it to be around 6.0. If it is too low, add citric acid until it reaches the optimum PH level for making vodka at home.
Put the covered pot on a stove or over an open flame and heat it to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove it from the heat and stir in eight liters of the flaked winter wheat, then stir it every five minutes until the temperature reaches 152 degrees.
- Stir in 1.5 liters of malt and leave for an hour and a half. It should be left overnight to cool down.
Fermenting. Transfer the mash to a fermenter and pour quickly from one fermenter to the other five or six times to aerate the wheat mash.
Add your packet of vodka yeast and stir for a few minutes. Let the mixture ferment for 72 to 84 hours.
- After it is done sitting, strain the mash and place it into the still, then heat it. The alcohol will evaporate and collect into your still's collection bottle. Filter it through a carbon-based filter and then dilute it at a ratio of 3 parts vodka to 4 parts water. Make sure everything that you store it in is sterilized, as well as anything the vodka can touch.
Distilling hard liquor can be dangerous for many reasons, so sterilization is key. If you are safe and take your time, you will have your own fantastic vodka that you made at home.