Making Whiskey: Ingredients to Make Whiskey

Learn Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Homemade Whiskey Brands

Glasses of whiskey

Whiskey is a favored drink for many people all over the world and comes in many varieties and quality levels. Traditionally, Scotland has a great reputation for making the best scotch and whiskey in the world, and if you check out the local liquor emporium, you will find lots of whiskey brands on the shelf. You can also make whiskey at home for your own consumption. The ingredients and instructions listed below are for making rye whiskey at home. Whiskey can also be made out of other grains such as barley, malted rye or barley, wheat, maize, etc.

Just follow these steps to make your own whiskey:

Step 1

This is a simple recipe for making a delicious rye whiskey.

Ingredients to make whiskey and supplies needed:

  • 7 lbs. rye
  • 2 lbs. barley
  • 1 lb. malt
  • 3 grams of yeast
  • 6 gallons of water
  • 1 gram of ammonium-fluoride
  • Fermentation vessel with an airlock
  • Carbon filter
  • Still

Step 2

How to make whiskey:

Preparing the mash. In a vessel sufficient to hold water, grains and the malt, pour in the six gallons of water and heat it up to a temperature of 70F. Mix in the malt and grain, milling them beforehand, making a coarse powder. Keep stirring the mixture and raise the temperature slowly to about 160F. Keeping the mixture at this temperature, keep stirring constantly for about 2-3 hours until the starch has been converted into sugar for fermentation.

Step 3

Mixing the yeast. Allow the mash mixture to cool off and pour it into the fermentation container. Before adding the yeast, check that the temperature of the mash is around 70F. Add the yeast; stir the mixture to let the yeast mix in well. Then add the ammonium-fluoride to avoid secondary fermentation and contamination. Stir the mixture once more and seal the container and top it with the airlock.

Step 4

Fermentation. Allow the mash to sit and ferment for about a week to 10 days to get the best flavor from your whiskey. At the end of this period, filter the liquid through a carbon filter and pour it into a still for the distillation process.

Step 5

Distillation. Collect the whiskey, which will evaporate and be collected as vapors when you start the still. Allow the vapors to cool into whiskey and store it in clean and airtight bottles or mason jars. The more you allow the whiskey to age before drinking it, the more mellow and smooth it will be.

You can experiment with various grains in several combinations until you've found the best whiskey recipe for your tastes. Remember that this homemade liquor is only for your own consumption and not for sale.


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