Make Liqueurs and Spirits

Fermenting is fun. There is something mystical about taking a sugary liquid and adding a living organism to produce alcohol. When we think about fermented beverages wine, beer and cider is what usually comes to mind. However fermentation is also required to make spirits and liqueurs. Fermentation can produce alcohol up to about 20% by volume before the alcohol starts poisoning the yeast and halts the fermentation. Distilliaton is then required to reach the higher alcohol levels found in vodka, rum, whiskey, etc.

How you do it

Distillation at home is illegal in many countries including Canada and the United States however that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun of making your own unique liqueurs and spirits. Using Turbo yeast and liquid carbon you can ferment up to 21%. This high alcohol base can then be flavoured with Still Spirits flavour essences or your own jucies and flavours. Alcohol made this way will not be as clean-tasting as distilled alcohol and will have a slight "winey" taste and is best flavoured with liqueur essences.

The fermented high alcohol base mentioned above works fine with aggressive-tasting liqueurs however if you want to make spirits such as whiskey and rum you'll need to use a distilled alcohol. If you live in a country where home distillation is legal then lucky you! However the rest of us can still enjoy concocting and making our own creations by using commercially available grain spirits or vodka. While this may be more expensive it still opens up a world of different flavours you can experiment with. Liquor stores usually carry a fairly narrow range of spirits and liqueurs. However if you purchase neutral alcohol such as vodka and flavour it yourself you can make practically any style you like if you use Still Spirits flavouring essences.