You don't need yards of copper pipe to make liquor. Julia Nolan, a chemical engineer, shows us how to distill alcohol the easy way.
Instead of building (or buying) a complicated still, made of copper and welded together, Julia has a super simple hack for a a standard http://www.amazon.com/Water-Distiller-Countertop-White-Enamel/dp/B00026F9F8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1211219911&sr=8-1” target="_blank">countertop water distiller.
The end result? We distill some pretty powerful hooch from a batch of hard cider... made from apple juice concentrate! (You'll need a http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/plastics.html#foodgrade” target=”_blank” >food grade bucket along with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brewer's_yeast” target=”_blank”>brewer's yeast to make the cider. (It's all about -not- making vinegar!)
And, yes, she talks about why you're not going to blind yourself on this project... and we remind you that distilling Alcohol isn't legal for US residents without the proper permit... tho DIY distilling, or, for the foodies, 'White Collar Moonshine' is growing in popularity in the US.
We'd like to thank Julia for taking time out of her busy schedule to join us with this project!