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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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desahih17 days ago

ok so i only throw the foreshots and heads of the first run then the first 100 ml of the 2nd and 3rd run are still foreshots or no?

desahih desahih17 days ago

and what do you mean by "covering the element with water" i didn't understand that

n1cod3mus (author)  desahih17 days ago
the heating element, did you even read the instructable?
n1cod3mus (author)  desahih17 days ago
dont put the foreshots in AT ALL. on the first run you shouldn't have anything as you haven't made anything.

knowing about the foreshots on other runs is a matter of experience, you can tell by the smell and taste you cant just assume the first 100ml once you have already taken them out on the previous run.

I'm not going to answer any more questions on this now as its getting some what annoying that you haven't read what I have done in the instructable correctly. if you have any questions go to the homedistiller.org forum.

You should do your reading before asking questions, get on the home distiller website and read EVERYTHING, then go through the forums.

desahih19 days ago

i have a question...foreshots and heads should go for the second and third run with the heart?wouldn't be better if i throw them away?and another question...when i collect the heart of the first run...should i add some water to them for the third run?or i put the heart only without anything and distill again untill the third time?
thank you in advance!

n1cod3mus (author)  desahih19 days ago
foreshots, throw them away, you could throw the heads away but some of them are useful so might as well put them in the next run.

so the second run should you add water, it depends if you do a few batches you can just collect them all and run them together in the second run or you can add water to make sure your element is covered. I put enough water in to cover the element then add my run but thats only if I am doing one batch.

and the third distill I would do only the hearts.

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.costanzo1 month 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_is2 months ago

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

n1cod3mus (author)  res_is2 months 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
TerryC17 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)  TerryC17 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 n1cod3mus7 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.

How's it taste?

n1cod3mus (author)  craftclarity1 year 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. ;-)
n1cod3mus (author)  marinromania1 year ago

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