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The Home Distiller's Workbook - Your guide to making Moonshine, Whisky, Vodka, Rum and so much more! Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jeff King was born in Heidelberg Germany in 1969. His father was shortly thereafter discharged from the Army and the family moved back to the Midwest where Jeff spent his early years attempting to recreate Huck Finn's aquatic adventures . This was just the beginning of Jeff's passion for travel and adventure! He has lived and traveled all over the US and abroad with a current tally of 42 states and 24 countries. Jeff has also sailed in two oceans, two seas and one gulf. Not the kind of person to stay in one place too long Jeff's wanderlust has also lead to a multitude of careers. A true entrepreneur Jeff has lead business endeavors that include importing Art from Bali, Running a Video Game studio, PR for a top Silicon Valley marketing firm and even a brief run for local office as well as starting over half a dozen other small businesses, some successful and others that were more of a, well, "learning experience". But it's what he does when he's not in the office that really makes for an exciting tale. If there is a sense of adventure or uncharted waters ahead you can be sure that he is the first to sign up. From learning the art of Moonshining in the hills of Kentucky to getting lost in the jungles of Central America, fly fishing the Yellowstone river in Montana, white water rafting in the Sierra's or even single handing a sloop through the islands of the Caribbean.

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  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FOI Publishing; 2 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0GHKA
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Jeff King was born in Heidelberg Germany in 1969. His father was shortly thereafter discharged from the Army and the family moved back to the Midwest where Jeff spent his early years attempting to recreate Huck Finn's aquatic adventures . This was just the beginning of Jeff's passion for travel and adventure! He has lived and traveled all over the US and abroad with a current tally of 42 states and 24 countries. Jeff has also sailed in two oceans, two seas and one gulf.

Not the kind of person to stay in one place too long Jeff's wanderlust has also lead to a multitude of careers. A true entrepreneur Jeff has lead business endeavors that include importing Art from Bali, Running a Video Game studio, PR for a top Silicon Valley marketing firm and even a brief run for local office as well as starting over half a dozen other small businesses, some successful and others that were more of a, well, "learning experience".

But it's what he does when he's not in the office that really makes for an exciting tale. If there is a sense of adventure or uncharted waters ahead you can be sure that he is the first to sign up. From learning the art of Moonshining in the hills of Kentucky to getting lost in the jungles of Central America, fly fishing the Yellowstone river in Montana, white water rafting in the Sierra's or even single handing a sloop through the islands of the Caribbean. You will read about some of these tales and even more in his first book, The Home Distiller's Workbook. Part "How To" book with good bit of story telling thrown in, the Home Distiller's Workbook is an enjoyable read and a thorough instruction manual all rolled into one.

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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Sparkle on February 7, 2011
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I read this book last night. One of my friends has offerred to show me the ropes of distillation. The author seems to know a lot about this topic and it shows. In this book, he discusses the different types of distilling, the equipment needed when buying or making your own and the methodologies for producing the results. He offers up shopping lists, pictures and links to sites that can also be helpful. He does all of this with a charming style and a sense of humor.

He also offers some VERY important tips that prevent problems you would encounter if you were trying to just figure out on your own.

He includes some recipes - that include the ratios needed to produce product. Recipes for things like Whisky, Grappa, Scotch, Schnapps and Fuit Liquors.

He even tells you how to prevent your spirits from being "off".

I'll still be glad for personal instruction, but this book sure has helped me get ready for it and will be a great reference tool.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Conroy on November 2, 2013
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This is a good book, for beginners looking to make there own spirits. My State has the highest tax on liquor in the country. After buying this book I have saved a ton of money. I rarely ever buy liquor at the store anymore. So it was definitely worth $5. Having said that some of the recipes are off. The recipe for tequila calls for 32oz of blue agave for every gallon of mash. 32oz might be right if you were making 6 to 8 gallons of mash. The recipes I've had the greatest success with are whiskey and moonshine. The whiskey I make is pretty much moonshine with aged oak chip flavored water added to it. I just cook the oak chips in my oven, fill up a jar with water, add the chips, stick them in my fridge and let them age. Once I've made a batch of moonshine, I poor some in a jar, add some oak chip flavored water, filter it with a carbon filtered britta water filter, then presto I got a decent tasting whiskey with out too much waiting time. Moonshine is extremely easy to make, but you have to have a lot of time on your hands to make it. I usually make a gallon at a time which require you to make about 8 gallons of mash. distilling all that mash is an all day thing. You can buy stills on EBAY. I recommend the one that comes with a fish tank pump. The fish tank pump recirculates the water, so you don't have use a lot of water. I bought a 2 gallon still, then when I got good, I used that design to make a larger 5 gallon still on my own. Anyway, I'm going to stop making alcohol now, I gave both my stills away to a friend. I just don't have the time anymore. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a rewarding, yet time consuming, hobby and shares a love for affordable, tasty, homemade spirits.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Eric on March 9, 2012
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After reading this book, I decided not to do distillation for personal reasons. The book helped me make my decision by being comprehensive, descriptive, and well written. No number of websites could help me with this decision... this book was well worth the price.

If you do have a genuine desire to distil spirits I HIGHLY recommend this book. Previous reviews mentioned a problem with diagrams (and the author addressed this in their comments), but my more recent purchase of this book had ALL diagrams present and detailed.

I want to thank the author for providing a timely revision of your best selling information.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. St Pierre on February 28, 2015
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This book was massively disappointing, I don't know how it has so many positive reviews.

First of all, the book is tiny. It's got 80 pages of large print, widely spaced text with a few basic diagrams thrown in. If you shrank the print size and spacing down to normal book sizes I think you'd be looking at about 40 pages, which is pretty paltry. I read it in about an hour.

Second, the information presented is poorly laid out, frustratingly lacking in detail, and poorly edited. The book jumps around with little sense of flow, repeats itself, and uses Wikipedia as it's only reference.

Third, despite promising to in the title, it doesn't actually teach you to make Moonshine, Whiskey, or Vodka!! It doesn't seem like too much to ask a book to actually deliver on the promises in it's title, but incredibly this book fails at that. This book gives sketchy "recipes" without any details on what to do with the ingredients for Moonshine, Whiskey, etc... but amazingly says right there on page 60: "In this book we don't really have time to cover everything...so we are going to make rum." Then the author says that if you want to actually learn all the steps for making something other than rum, you'll need to buy his other books!! What kind of shady bait and switch nonsense is this?

Finally, as other reviewers have noted, the author has a bizzare habit of arguing nastily in the comments with folks who give his book low reviews. Had I read the reviews more thoroughly before purchasing this I would have seen the warnings for everything I've listed here, noted the strange way the author responds to constructive criticism, and gone elsewhere.

There are other, much better books availible.
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