Age Your Own Whiskey

Plus turn fruit juice into booze


By Marcia Simmons
These articles originally appeared at Drink of the Week.

Woodinville Age Your Own Whiskey Kit
Distilling your own whiskey at home is complicated... not to mention illegal. But if you want the satisfaction of making your own whiskey, here's a kit that's pretty close.

The Woodinville Age Your Own Whiskey Kit comes with two bottles of 110-proof White Dog unaged whiskey, an aging barrel, funnel, glasses and, of course, instructions. The barrel is pretty small at 2 liters, so the whiskey will age in about three to six months.
Sounds fun! Also sounds like with a little know-how and some good shopping, you could figure out how to take any bottle of White Dog whiskey and age it at home. Let the experiments begin!

DIY Juice to Alcohol Kit
Is a fridge full of boring juice cramping your style? Then turn it into booze! "How?" you might ask. "Science," I would then answer.

The DIY Juice to Alcohol Kit contains yeast packets you can use to turn the fructose into alcohol in just 48 hours.

It's as simple as pouring the yeast into a 64-ounce bottle, screwing on the cap and waiting. You'll be rewarded with a sparkling beverage with about 14% alcohol.

The kit contains: 6 yeast packets, 6 bottle labels, 1 airlock, 1 rubber stopper and recipes. Blah blah disclaimer about being of legal drinking age and obeying your state's home-brewing laws. I trust you'll be responsible.

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  • Snooth User: lsuttell
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    You're killing me! I wanted to purchase a Woodinville Whiskey kit as a birthday gift but the Law has brought me down - the kits are not yet available for purchase outside of Washington. But, hey, a gal can dream! Thank you, the Spirit.

    Mar 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM

  • Woodinville is nice but expensive. Do a web search for "oak barrels" (charred of course.) A 2 liter barrel can be had for about $30 - less than half what Woodinville asks. The last trick is to find some good un-aged whiskey at about 110 proof and you are on your way. Do some research on aging whiskey. I bought a kit for my son-in-law and the result was quite nice.

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

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