Making schnapps yourself
Our book The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits has been a bestseller since the first edition in 2002, and is referred to as a standard reference work for small stills and small distillers both by hobby distillers and by providers of winery accessories. The book is now also available in English and Czech. In this practical book, you will find all the steps for making a perfect distillate, explained in practical terms: harvesting the fruit, preparing your own mash, distillation, design of the still, dilution, recipes for mash, spirits and infused schnapps, and the legal situation. If you follow the information in the book, you will also be able to make fine distillates with just a small amount of fruit, so that distilling schnapps can become a fascinating and interesting hobby.
The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits
If you would like to make schnapps yourself in the best quality, you can learn the art of distilling hands-on with the help of our book The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits:
- Making a mash – the foundation of homemade schnapps
- Making schnapps yourself – the still
- Dilution of schnapps
- Numerous recipesfor mash, spirits and infusions
Making a mash
To obtain a good distillate, you must first of all make the perfect mash. The quality of the mash is decisive for homemade schnapps. Using rotten and dirty fruit can never lead to high-quality schnapps. In the book, you will find precise guides and recipes to make these mashes easily yourself, and you will find out everything about possible problems during fermentation and what measures can then be taken.
The book contains a detailed description of how to separate the heads, hearts and tails. When is it necessary to double-distil the mash, and under what conditions is single distillation adequate for homemade schnapps? You will find out exactly how you can distil a good brandy at home yourself.
Making schnapps yourself – the still
How does the optimum still have to be setup correctly from a process technology perspective? What materials can I use? How do I construct or alternatively recognize a functional still? Regardless of whether you build the still yourself or buy it, here you can acquire the necessary know-how to end up with the perfect still for your homemade schnapps.
Dilution of schnapps
Detailed description of the dilution process including calculation for making the perfect schnapps yourself. Furthermore, you will find tips on the storage and artificial aging of your homemade schnapps.
Numerous recipes for homemade schnapps with precise information for mashes, infusions and spirits. Discover how you can make the greatest variety of mashes and distillates at home yourself.
- The Foundations and Traditions of Distilling
HOW IS ALCOHOL FORMED?; An excursion into chemistry; The fermentation process;
Which fruits can be used to make the mash?; Preparing the fruit; Fermentation container; Adding water; Conventional mash; Adding pure cultured yeast; Checking the pH value; Pectinate; Alcohol content of conventional mash; High-grade mash with added sugar; What are the advantages of a high-grade mash?; Preparing a high-grade mash; Checking the progress of the fermentation; Measuring the alcohol content in the mash with a vinometer; Fermentation log; When is the fermentation complete?; Problems during fermentation; Filtration of the mash; Storing the mash; Making a mash from grains, corn or potatoes (starch products)
Principles of construction; The pot still variant; Materials; Kettle; Column and lyne arm; Condenser; Different still types; Small Schmickl stills; Jacketed kettles; Reflux or rectification stills; Combination stills; Large stills (pot still and reflux); Buying a still; Using the still; Filling; Emptying and cleaning
Introduction; Heads; Fine brandy; Tails; Separation of heads and tails; Relative proportions of the three parts; Antifoam; Single or double distillation?; Diluting to a drinkable strength; Determining the alcohol content; Calculating the amount of water needed for dilution; Cloudiness; Treatment with activated carbon; Flavor-neutral alcohol; Storage
- Mash recipes
Excellent mash, excellent schnapps; Fruit wine; Filtering the mash; Pressing out the solid components; Extracting the fruit wine; Storage
Required materials; Recipes
The principle of making spirits; Basic materials; Recipes; Comparison of the production methods
- Essential oils
- Drinking culture
Bottling and labelling; Enjoyment and quality check; Other countries, other customs
- Legal situation
Germany; Austria; Distilling rights; Food code; Switzerland; Making spirits and distilling infusions
- Frequently asked questions
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