Potato Vodka / Moonshine

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I had a go at making Potato Vodka, I have heard of it being made before in Russia and Poland and there are various recipes out there for it. For this one I picked the most basic recipe I could find out there.

Now this one was a learning curve for me as I have mostly done sugar washes and a couple of All Grain Mashes.

With this one I had a little bit of an accident/mistake which I will go in to later so that you can avoid making the same mistake that I did.

A quick bit on what Vodka is, other than tasty and good in cocktails and Mixers ;-)

So Vodka is a neutral spirit, it is not suppose to have a flavor, though some do have a little creaminess to them, what this means is that It could be made out of anything near enough, and in Russia and Poland they often did back in the day. Vodka can be made with Potatoes, Molasses, Sugar, Bread, Barley and most commonly wheat.

Majority of Vodkas are made with Wheat these days, though when I was in the supermarket, in the UK, the other day I had a look at the Vodkas and most of them where made from wheat but i found 1 made with molasses and one made with Barley. For those that wish to know Smirnoff is made with wheat.

I will be doing a wheat based vodka at some point soon so if that is what you are interested in then subscribe to me on Instructables and the site will alert you when I release some thing new.

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N1cod3mus, why did you toss the water leftover after your potato boiling and not add amylase or barley malt to it as well? When you boil potatoes for mashing or whatever else, the boil water has TONS of starch leftover in it. I routinely set aside my "potato water" from family dinner mash potatoes for making potato dextrose agar media for yeast cell culturing and harvesting. It works great for finding wild yeasts or harvesting yeast from commercial microbrews and homebrews. I'm sure it would work great for making a potato vodka wash as well.

n1cod3mus (author)  frank.costanzo7 days ago
Didn't think about it if i am honest
When you finish boiling the potatoes, just scoop them out of the boil water or pour out the water through a collander into another pot. Then while you're making your potato mash, just leave the boil water simmering on the stove to concentrate it down. Once you're ready to add barley and/or amylase, just use the boil water as your source of heated water if you need more temp to hit 66C for starch conversion.

I love it when homebrewers help out distillers and vice versa. I'm just now getting into the distillation game, but it's only natural since I've been making beer for almost a decade and it seems I've been barrel aging tons of my batches the past few years already too. Cheers
res_is1 month ago

So you strain off the cooking water before mashing them? Wouldn't it contain useful starch?

n1cod3mus (author)  res_is1 month ago
it will have some starch in it, but not much, its also got a load of dirt in it and other junk you might not want
TerryC16 months ago

Hi! I was wondering if you could clear something up for me.... In the quilting world they are starting to make Bad Girl Spray that is made from vodka don't laugh hehe I have used it and it works great! My question is they are saying to use potato vodka because of the starch.. From what I gathered from your instructions the starch Is fermented out is this right? Would appreciate your input Thanks!

n1cod3mus (author)  TerryC16 months ago
in theory yes it should be converted in to sugars and eventually fermented out. how ever, there may be traces remaining which could come over when its distilled, but it would be trace amounts.

is there anything else in this spray? they could just be using the vodka to dissolve other substances.

what is the purpose of this spray?
TerryC1 n1cod3mus6 months ago
It is mixed with distilled water at different ratios depending how you like it. It is sort like a sizing more than a clothes starch. Really good for ironing out wrinkles. If you were to do a searh of. Vodka spray starch or. Spray starch made from vodka. They are saying to only use potato starch and not the grain. But with what you said, ut wouldnt matter what the vodka was made from.
craftclarity11 months ago

How's it taste?

n1cod3mus (author)  craftclarity11 months ago
It tastes like normal vodka, smells like vodka, you wouldn't know it was made with potatoes.

I think people have this idea in their head that its going to taste of potatoes, floury or course. but it doesn't.

the potatoes are just a source of starch, when you buy vodka off the shelf in the store you don't taste wheat. ;-)
marinromania11 months ago
n1cod3mus (author)  marinromania11 months ago

there is no sound on that video, also using such a small still makes it very hard to do the cuts correctly