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What is Mash?

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If you’re someone who likes to partake in a nice glass of vodka, whisky, bourbon, moonshine, or any distilled spirit you know that it is made in a still and that’s about it. Unless you’re a distiller, you’re just glad what your drinking tastes great!

Have you ever heard the word “mash” before?

No, not the T.V. show!

If you haven’t, it is the end product of mashing. Mashing is one of the most important part in the distilling process.

In brewing and distilling, mashing is the process of combining a mix of milled grain typically malted barley with grains such as corn, sorghum, rye or wheat with water, and heating this mixture. Mashing allows the enzymes in the malt to break down the starch in the grain into sugars, typically maltose to create a malty liquid called wort. Mashing involves pauses at certain temperatures (notably 45–62–73 °C or 113–144–163 °F), and takes place in a “mash tun” which is an insulated brewing vessel with a false bottom. The end product of mashing is called a mash.

There are different kinds of mashing such as Infusion mashing and Decoction mashing. These are the two main mashing techniques. In infusion mashing the mash is heated directly to go from rest temperature to rest temperature. Some infusion mashes achieve temperature changes by adding hot water. Decoction mashing is where a proportion of the grains are boiled and then returned to the mash, raising the temperature. The boiling extracts more starch from the grain by breaking down the cell walls of the grain.

The Distillery Network. Inc. and its new “Flame Flow™” Patent Pending Technology is just the unit you want to put your mash into. This Unit will heat up in half the time effectively cutting your propane use in half. This unit reduces the chance of scorching and burning your mash resulting in an even finer elegant taste. The “Flame Flow™ Technology allows you to come to distilling temperature rapidly using a lower flame, you can control the heat of the still easier and more accurately than a conventional pot still.

When you put some much time and effort into making an incredible mash the last thing you want to do is continue the distilling process in a pot still or another still that could result in a burnt mash or possibly loss of your mash. All products made by the Distillery Network, Inc. are all 100% guaranteed. Check out their website for more information on their products at https://www.buyamoonshinestill.com/

 

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How do you still Copper or Stainless Steel?

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Copper or Stainless Steel?

By: Jessica Bunker

 

In the distilling industry and in backyards around the world there are two main materials used for building stills, copper and stainless steel. Which one is preferred and or better to use to distill moonshine, essential oils and other distilled substances?

Copper conducts heat very well making it the perfect material to use in distilling unlike stainless steel and its low heat conducting capabilities. Copper also removes sulfur compounds and that is very important because you want all impurities that could ruin your products final taste and smell removed.

The copper also improves the final product and enhances your mash! With stainless steel your distilling process would take more time and effort to remove sulfur and other impurities. The Distillery Network, Inc. has a new and improved way to distill with their new Flame-Flow™ Design. That saves you time and money when it comes to heating up your stills! Their stills are all Copper making for a better final product.

Copper out of the two is the more expensive choice it is also easier to bend shape and mold however you’d like. Stainless steel is a cheaper material in cost but is usually takes industrial grade equipment to form. So where you’re spending more money on copper it is much more cost effective when it comes to making the material move, bend and shape. Copper is also much easier to join together because the temperatures can be lower where it takes stainless steel a much higher temperature to be joined however there is no led with stainless steel.

Many distillers and customers have concerns when it comes to stills and the use of copper and the joining process. Most solder is lead based and you need solder to join your copper pieces together. Anytime the word lead pops up there is a concern that it could seep into your final product. Many distillers and “backyarders” use the lead solder because it is less expensive. However there are good companies like The Distillery Network Inc. who produce copper stills only using lead free silver solder making their products all lead free!

When looking at both copper and stainless steel copper takes the cake for what is preferred to make in a still. Copper is better for distilling water, spirits and essential oils. As pointed out above copper takes out sulfides, and by removing them you get a finer taste and the aroma of the final product is much more refined.

Stainless steel is the easier choice when it comes to cleaning a still. There are many products on the market you can get to clean stainless organic and with chemicals. Copper is a material that is more time consuming to clean. However there are many organic products you can use like lemon and salt, vinegar and salt, or even ketchup. All you have to do is make a paste and rub away the tarnish and shin with a dry cloth!

All in all copper stills are the way to go! They will last you a lifetime and produce a much more refined and exquisite final product. All stills produced by the Distillery Network, Inc. and 100% guaranteed, also because they are all copper they are guaranteed to give you a product that will satisfy all your distilling needs!

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Make trash: wine or moonshine by BigCliveDotCom

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While it’s usually perfectly legal to brew your own wine, beer or cider at home, it may not be legal to distill spirits. Check your local regulations before attempting anything like this. In some countries you may be allowed to distill a small quantity, while in others you may not be allowed to distill spirits at all.

The upside if this is that you will get a much higher quantity of the base wine than you would get with distillation, as there are modest losses in the process unless you use professional equipment.
This video is basically an insight into making a generic wine base for the addition of fruit cordials for flavoring, or even distillation of that base into a spirit in countries that permit it. Rather than go the traditional route of fermenting real fruit slowly over a long period of time, I show the absolute trash approach of banging out something that can be made in a week or less, and rivals the luridly flavored adult alcopops often sold as “cider” which often have no connection to actual apples at all other than the flavorings and bulk addition of malic acid.
This information is provided for scientific interest and not with an intent to turn you all into raving alcoholics.

Even if you’re not really into drinking alcoholic beverages, brewing and distillation is still quite an interesting subject with lots of diverse information on the Internet.

You can chuck me a dollar for moonshine and cookies at https://www.patreon.com/bigclive if you wish.

 

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Oils, perfume and Flavors Oh my!

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By: Jessica Bunker

 

I bet you didn’t know that a distillation unit can be used for other ways than making moonshine and distilled spirits. If you purchase a copper still from The Distillery Network, Inc. you can also make oils, perfume and flavoring for your favorite foods?!

Mostly everyone knows that a rose is use to make rose scented perfume. However most people don’t know how a rose is turned into perfume. All they know that it cost them a pretty penny for that beautiful bottle designed to pull you in and make you love the smell.  What if I told you that you could make your own essential oils and perfumes and it was easy! Making your own over and over again instead of spending all your money month after month is just such an enticing prospect.

There are a few different ways you can go about making your own. There is the process of using water and the process of using steam. The steam process pushes the oils threw the plant material and it picks up the oils as it travels through. The steam ruptures the oil membranes in the plant and the steam carries the oil and then it is turned back into a liquid during the distillation process. Using water is a method where the plant material is placed in boiling water. The steam and oils are captured and then separated out to produce the essential oil.

There are over 700 plants that harbor useful oils. Most of the plants oils are located in the leaves of the flowers of the plants. Others you can find the oils in the seeds or roots of the plant. The oils you can make are amazing! They not only can be used to make perfume they can also be used to flavor foods and drinks. Most important they can also be used for medicinal purposes.

The process is relatively simple if you have your own distillation unit. All you have to do is pick a plant that harbors the oils you want to use for whatever you’re making. Use the part of the plant that holds the oils and dry it. Add water or steam to your still and let the process roll.

Here are just a few oils you can make. Rose oil which is typically used in fragrances. Lavender oil, primarily used as a fragrance however it is also known to hold medicinal uses. Clove oil which is uses as a topical solution. Cinnamon oil, which is used for flavoring foods, sent, and medicinal purposes. Parsley oil typically used in soaps, detergents, colognes, perfumes, and other cosmetics.

There are so many places you can find recipes and ingredients to make your essential oils. You can go to wikihow, Wikipedia and google. There are plenty of online sources you can used to get any info you need on what type of plants to use. For all your distilling needs though there is only one place to get a top quality Still and that’s the Distillery Network, Inc. So if you are ready to start making your own oils, perfumes, and flavors head on over to https://thedistillerynetwork.com/ and get a still and get started!

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How to tell Good Moonshine from Bad Moonshine

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In the days when Moonshine was illegal, Tennessee moonshiners like Ronald Lawson had to be able to work out the difference between Good Moonshine and Bad Moonshine by eye. Bad Moonshine has too high a alcohol content and can be dangerous to drink, causing such problems as blindness.

Ronald has made illegal Moonshine all his life in Cannon County, for the last two years, he has made legal Moonshine at Short Mountain Distillery, using a recipe passed down since prohibition days.

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Making moonshine – A Preppers guide

This is a basic guide for making moonshine. Its is my belief that when the SHTF moonshine will become a bartering currency. It can be used as a first aid item, a antiseptic and antibacterial cleansing agent, a sanitizer, fire fuel, E85 fuel, drinking, and a bartering item. Rubbing alcohol costs about $12 per gallon to buy. Moonshine cost at most $8 per/gallon to make.

***Moonshine is dangerous to make and drink. You can get yourself or others poisoned if consumed too much, blow up your house, or go blind. If you blow up your house, its your fault and yours only for attempting to make moonshine. Moonshine is illegal. If you get caught making moonshine, you will go to jail. This video is for informational purposes only! Make moonshine at your own risk.***

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Exploring the United States’ history with alcohol

What a civilization imbibes can reveal a lot about who they are and the world that they live in. Those who built the pyramids preferred beer, and ancient Rome loved its wine, but what’s the preferred alcoholic beverage in the US and what does it say about America? Join food writer Josh Ozersky on an illuminating journey as he makes moonshine, meets a microbrewery’s chemist, visits an award-winning vineyard and samples the infinite possibilities of the cocktail bar, all in the name of science.

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How to DIY Antiseptics with a Distilling Unit

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Stills are commonly used for making spirits, essential oils, and gas. Did you know that stills can also be used to make your own antiseptic? The stills made by The Distillery Network, Inc. are made of Copper and are a great tool to help you during any crisis for any need. Whether it be a water contamination issue, a zombie apocalypse or you just really need to make your own glass of vodka to calm your nerves.

According to encyclopedia.com “an antiseptic is a substance that inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms. For practical purposes, antiseptics are routinely thought of as topical agents, for application to skin, mucous membranes, and inanimate objects, although a formal definition includes agents that are used internally, such as the urinary tract antiseptics. Commonly used antiseptics for skin cleaning include benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine, hexachlorophine, iodine compounds, mercury compounds, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. “

Alcohol is a commonly used antiseptic as you can see. So having a still on hand to make some alcohol to use to clean a wound would be a huge asset to anyone. If you’re in the position where you can’t see a doctor and have no way of getting treatment. You’ll have to treat yourself. Good thing you have a still to make your own. You could have been in a real pickle there!

Alcohol can also be helpful in the case of a toothache. If you’re in the situation where you can’t see a dentist and have no other source of pain reliever then you can turn to your copper still for some relief. Make a glass of jack or brandy, some are known to rub it on the gums of teething infants. While some folks would never condone that use for alcohol, it was a common practice and is method used still to this day.

When making alcohol for the use of an antiseptic, you should keep in mind that the potency is an important factor. Most stores sell it with a 70% alcohol content. So when you’re making your own you should stick to the lower percent. You would think that the stronger the content that it would be more effective in killing infection. However that is not the case. Less is more here. Also noteworthy you can also use the alcohol as a cleaning tool for tables, counter tops, or anything you’re looking to get the grime off of. It’s  a great way to disinfect surfaces and inanimate objects.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m in a spot where I can’t get to a doctor or a dentist then I’m in trouble and I have a lot more to worry about than the hygiene of my mouth. So having a still I would have one less emergency tool that I’ll need. I could have clean water for drinking and watering my plants. I would be able to make my own gas. Make delicious marinades and most important make my own antiseptic! Sounds like a multiple use tool to me. Now I’m going to kick my feet up and order a still from The Distillery Network, Inc. and be glad I don’t have a crisis on my hands. If I encounter an apocalypse though, I’ll have my still to save the day! Till then, a glass of brandy sounds nice.

 

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