How To Distill by Aaron Hyde

A Complete Guide from Still Design and Fermentation through Distilling and Aging Spirits

How to Distill
$28.99 / £19.99
Format: Paperback / softback240 Pages
ISBN: 9781558329751
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Learn every aspect of distilling, from the fundamentals to flavor development and packaging, in this definitive guide to small-scale distilling.

Whether you want straightforward information for your first distillation or you’re a seasoned distiller looking to perfect your craft, certified industry expert and seasoned home distiller Aaron Hyde lays out the how and why of all the key processes. Starting with the mash and fermentation, working through every key part of distilling, and ending with information on aging spirits, this is a book that goes beyond the basics to cover it all:
  • An Overview of Distilling: The fundamentals of distillation, concise distillation theory, still design, distilled products, and the raw materials.
  • Pre-Distillation: Move on to learn about ingredient processing and preparation, fermentation theory and technology, the fermentation process, and calculating the potential of wash.
  • Distilling: Finally, the main event! A robust section on distilling covers modern distillation technology, the distillation process, key decisions during distillation, process control, collection, and further distillation.
  • Post-Distillation: Last but not least, work your way through flavor development and control, the aging process, quality considerations, distillery co-products, and packaging considerations.
With reliable, tested, up-to-date information, this is the new standard for distilling.

The author

Aaron Hyde has been homebrewing since 1996 when he started with his father in the kitchen.  From there he picked up home distilling in 2008, piecing together a still from an old keg and copper piping.  As the owner and operator of Brewstock Homebrew Supply in New Orleans, he sold home brewing and distilling products, helping many get their start in the hobby.  He also provided educational classes on brewing and winemaking to thousands in the community and continued to spread his knowledge by writing articles for Brew Your Own magazine. After five years, he moved on to work for Briess Malt & Ingredients, where he was a Sales Manager selling into homebrewing stores as well as craft breweries and distilleries. He currently works in the global product strategy for Bevie, providing high-quality equipment and ingredients to home brewers and distillers across the globe. In this role, he often consults on still design and development, as well as distilling-related products and accessories, such as fermentation vessels, oak products, and yeast. Aaron is one of the few people globally that has received their certifications in brewing, malting, and distilling through the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.