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The art and science of distilling is what separates making beer from making whiskey. You might not realize it, but your beer is halfway to whiskey, the aged spirit of grain. Although numerous spirits can be made from grains like barley and corn, whiskey is the most recognized spirit that comes out of the still when you distill your beer, often referred to as a wash when it is coming out of the fermenter for distilling. Interested in making bourbon? Check out the full article here at BYO - https://byo.com/article/distillation-101-when-beer-becomes-bourbon/

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Hosted by Still Spirits via livestream on Facebook, Aaron Hyde joined Nick Wiseman of Bevie, and Mike Brennan of BSG Handcraft to talk about diving into distilling with botanicals.  if you're interested in the basics of botanicals and gin making, or looking for more info about using herbs and spices from your back yard, this webinar is a great place to start. From the host, Still Spirits:  Distilling with Botanicals is a vast and exciting topic, but it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start. Join our knowledgeable team and special guest on Facebook Live to learn: - How...

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How to Distill book author Aaron Hyde will walk you through the small-scale distilling process over four hours. You’ll watch a live spirit distillation with cuts for whiskey, and Aaron will also discuss the distillation of most major spirits including moonshine, brandy, rum, whiskey, and gin. He’ll be answering your questions throughout the process as you learn the art of distillation using a small still. Please note this workshop will be recorded and as an attendee you will have full access to the video replay and course materials for up to nine months after the event. To sign up and...

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What is moonshine is a common question but also can be a complex question as it varied greatly. Simply put, moonshine is an unaged whiskey, which would typically be made with grain, usually a large amount of corn.  It's sometimes made with just a dextrose (corn sugar) base and flavored with corn during fermentation, or even post distillation.  It can be diluted, flavored or sweetened, or drank uncut (undiluted). Any way you enjoy moonshine, it should start as clear and unaged, having had no oak or barrel time, have a corn flavor and aroma, and between 80 proof and 180 proof, which...

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As if you needed an excuse to more a nice glass of whiskey, May15th is World Whisky Day!   If you're looking to celebrate the best you possibly can, just a few days earlier Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Single Malt was named the best whisky in the world for 2021, at the San Francisco World Spirits competition.  There are a lot of other great options out there, so pour a dram of your favorite and cjoin me in celebrating this wonderful beverage.  Cheers! https://www.worldwhiskyday.com/what-world-whisky-day/

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