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Thickos Guide To Distilling Alcohol - Introduction

Some time ago (about 1999), I set up a web site called thickos.co.uk This seemed pretty popular at the time, so I have reactivated it.

If I amend or add to any of the original information, I will write in red ink, inside square brackets, [like this].

Legal Stuff

The laws regarding the distillation of alcohol vary from country to country. It is YOUR responsibility to know the laws which affect YOU.

I am NOT encouraging you to make your own moonshine, just describing how it can be done.

Health Risks

Apart from the usual risks associated with the consumption of alcohol, there are extra risks involved with home brewed spirits.

Personally, I believe that a moderate intake of alcohol can do you more good than harm, and that, with care, home made spirits can be at least as pure as commercially made ones.

The main danger comes from methanol (methyl alcohol) remaining in the finished product. This is nasty stuff, and if ingested can cause severe headaches, blindness, or even death. The other alcohols produced (apart from ethyl alcohol, which is what we are after) are also bad for you. With care though, you can produce almost pure ethanol, which, when diluted with distilled water, is indistinguishable from the finest Vodka.

Another health risk arises from the materials used in the manufacture of the still. For instance, if you cannot avoid soldered joints, then you must use a lead free solder. Ideally, all components of the still should be made from stainless steel. My own still was made from an old pressure cooker, with plastic and copper tubing, and stainless steel compression type fittings. I wouldn't advise anyone else to use an aluminium pressure cooker to make a still, but, at the time I decided it was OK for my purposes.

Aims Of Site

Basically the aims of this site are to:-

Provide free, easily understood information about the home distillation of alcohol.

Provide links to other sites where good quality information can be found

 

 

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