Friday, March 14, 2008

Contemplating Your Own Brand of Scotch

America is free in many respects, but when it comes to making your own bourbon, it is not. In this day and age, there really is no practical reason for Americans to have a prohibition on still ownership. It's safe. It's easy. The alcohol product can be used for drinking or for fuel. I'm not sure what group of lobbyists wants to maintain this prohibition, but as a law abiding citizen, I'm frustrated by not being able to venture into what could be a very cool hobby. I guess I'll have to stick with making my own beer.
Having said that, I was amazed to find companies that can offer supplies for making your own. The Barrel Source, for example, offers barrels of all sizes to age your precious brew. Many beer brewing supply stores offer the super yeast that will withstand high alcohol levels needed to make mucho alcohol from your mash, among other supplies. You can even buy stills online that can be used for "display purposes only". They range from the coffee pot stills to the highly ornate brass and copper stills of the past. If you don't want anything fancy, there are plenty of plans out there in the webshere to build your own still from parts from Home Depot.
Yep, it's still illegal to make your own hooch, but the temptation is there. It's that thought of a prison stay that keeps me away.

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