Monday, October 13, 2014
National Geographic is about to produce a documentary on home distilling. Hopefully this will shed some light on our hobby distilling and help to get legalization moving forward. We don't know the date on the airing of this documentary. We will post this when we find out.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We are committed to bringing back american jobs to our community. We can build anything the customer wants, from an old traditional pot still, to new technology columns stills. From Whiskey stills to Vodka stills, we can build it.
We will be having product highlights coming soon. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our products.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Whether for fermentation, aging, or simple storage, our 2.5 gallon charred white oak barrel is more than functional; it’s an eye-catching conversation piece designed to enhance your man cave, wine cellar, bar area, or patio deck in a way that no mini fridge or keg could ever do.
Each oak barrel includes:
- A matching wooden stand
- A bung & spigot
- A storing tablet
- Between 4 and 6 hoops
- 2.5 gallons of volume – that’s a lot of room!
About the Author: Hillbilly Stills has the best online selection of handmade, high-quality DIY distilling equipment, fermenting chemicals, copper stills, and other distilling accessories anywhere on the web. Shop their online store today and be drinking your own brew, wine, or spirits in short order by visiting www.hillbillystills.com.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
For literally thousands of years, wooden barrels have been used to store, transport, age, and flavor alcoholic beverages of all types. From beer to wine to spirits, humans have relied on barrel aging to give their alcohol that last bit of perfection. However, the purpose of using wood barrels wasn’t for aging in the beginning, but more for storage, and the idea of barrel aging for taste was an unexpected result.
Long ago in ancient Mesopotamia, people used palm wood to fashion barrels used to store alcohol. However, palm wood is difficult to bend into barrels, and by the time the Roman Empire had come to fruition, the use of oak barrels had become the most prevalent form of storage.
Regardless of the type of alcohol stored, distillers soon realized that oak barrel aging made their beverages less harsh, better tasting, and added individuality to their particular process.
What is it About Oak Barrels?
Because oak is a relatively porous wood, it allows for a certain amount of evaporation and oxygenation, but not to the extent that oxidation (the same process that causes rust to form on metals) or spoiling occurs.
When a certain amount of evaporation is allowed, some alcohol and water is removed, leaving more of the natural taste of the liquid behind. In the case of wine aging, the small bit of oxygen that makes into the barrel acts upon the tannins in the wine, making it softer to ingest and giving it a more pleasurable taste overall.
Alcohol can be fermented in oak barrels, or it can be aged in oak barrels after fermentation. There is an important distinction to be made between the two processes, particularly that alcohol which is fermented and then aged in the oak will take on more of the taste characteristics of the wood than if it were just fermented in it.
The effects of oak on alcohol are exceptionally prevalent when working with wine as the phenols in the oak produce a chemical reaction that gives the wine a bit of vanilla flavor and/or extra sweetness. The amount of char on a barrel also affects the tannin levels, and the ellagitannins in wood provide an extra layer of protection against oxidation and reduction.
About the Author: Hillbilly Stills is a company made up of hillbillies who have a love for all things distilling and ingesting alcoholic beverages. They specialize in DIY distilling for the home brewer, as well as equipment and accessories for bigger operations. Whether you’re a regular guy who wants a new hobby or to drink for less, or you’re running a retail distillery, Hillbilly Stills has all the distilling tools, guides, and equipment you need to make it happen. Visit www.hillbillystills.com today to view and purchase their products!
Friday, July 18, 2014
With the Hillbilly Stills 50 gallon stainless steel fermenter, you get 50 gallons worth of portable, reliable fermenting power that would make your Neolithic ancestors green with envy. Made with 1.4mm 304 stainless steel, this distilling fermenter is a durable and affordable option for both professional and home distillers.
Aside from its reliable construction, this fermenter for distilling your favorite spirits also comes equipped with sturdy legs and wheels, making it easy for one person to move if necessary. Best of all, our fermenter won’t roll away when you aren’t looking thanks to the included wheel locks.
Like all of our distilling equipment, each one of our 50 gallon stainless steel fermenters is hand-built by us, right here in the U.S.A. When quality and affordability are what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with any of the gear manufactured by Hillbilly Stills.
About the Author: At Hillbilly Stills, we live to distill, we distill to drink, and we drink to live. Summon your inner bootlegger today by visiting www.hillbillystills.com and find everything you need for DIY distilling for a great price, all in one place.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Drunken Gummy BearsIf you don’t mind picking out the red, white (clear), and blue gummy bears from an assortment of
- Procure gummy bears in appropriate colors.
- Place gummy bears in a container that can be sealed.
- Cover the gummy bears in your favorite clear liquor. We’re going with moonshine, of course.
- Seal the container and wait 24-48 hours.
- The gummy bears will swell with the alcohol they have absorbed. Eat them. Be merry.
Any Sam Adams Beer Product
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- Go to beer store.
- Buy Sam Adams beer.
- Drink it.
Moonshine Infused John DalyWhile golf is not originally an American sport, it’s still more American than soccer. John Daly is an American pro golfer, and that’s good enough for us. Also, he apparently likes alcohol, so we have that in common, as well. Forego the Arnold Palmer in favor of a John Daly. The recipe is easy:
- Half lemonade.
- Half tea.
- An appreciable amount of clear liquor. Again, we’re going with moonshine because drinking vodka on the 4th of July is as American as watching Rocky IV and cheering for Ivan Drago.
Star Spangled SangriaOh I love that sangria wine, when I’m drinkin’ with old friends of mine. Sangria is originally a concoction of Portuguese and Spanish origin, but hey, we’re America…we took it fair and square and made it our own. In the South, it’s big. Sangria typically consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener (could be honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice), and a small amount of brandy. Enough talk, here’s how OURS is made:
- Combine strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple cut into star shapes (start shaped cutters can be found in stores) into a large pitcher.
- Add two bottles of white wine, 1 cup of triple sec, ½ cup of berry flavored or regular clear liquor (we WILL NOT say the word “vodka” for reasons aforementioned), ½ cup of fresh lemon juice, ½ cup of simple syrup.
- Stir, chill, & drink.
Patriotic Pop Rocks ShootersAside from the colors being red, white, and blue, this one has an added point of patriotism: the pop rocks. Remember the“rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air”? Those lines in the National Anthem are the reasons we have fireworks on the 4th. Plus, Americans just like to blow stuff up because it’s cool, but we digress. The point here is that the pop rocks mimic those explosions in your mouth in pretty much the only safe way possible.
- Light corn syrup
- Red or blue Pop Rocks candy
- Half and half
- Maui Blue Hawaiian Schnapps
Here’s what you do:
- Rim a glass with corn syrup, then dip the glass rim in the Pop Rocks.
- Fill glass 1/3 full with grenadine.
- In a separate container, mix one part half & half with two parts Maui® Blue Hawaiian Schnapps.
- Slowly pour the creamy Schnapps mixture over a bar spoon or (the back of a regular spoon), allowing the dense mixture to rest on top of the grenadine.
- Serve it up.