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Home distilling

Michael A. Duvernois
The list author says: "It's illegal. Simple as that unless you live in New Zealand. It's illegal to distill alcohol for drinking at home. You can brew beer and wine, but you cannot distill it.

I've included a variety of books here on the techniques of small scale distilling as well as the history and all of moonshine and bootlegging. There's a decidedly U.S. focus to the latter as I couldn't find much on illegal distilling in other countries."
Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine
Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine
"This book is about half home-distilling and half moonshine, current and past. A good read."
Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day
Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day
"Sort of a folk history/folk culture of moonshine in America."
Modern Moonshine Techniques
Modern Moonshine Techniques
"Do it yourself moonshine book."
Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR
Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR
"It's inescapable, the South, moonshine, and the beginnings of NASCAR."
The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables
The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables
"Moving away from moonshine, and into craft or artisan distilling. This is a good look at small craft distillers across the U.S."
Making Pure Corn Whiskey: A Professional Guide For Amateur And Micro Distillers
Making Pure Corn Whiskey: A Professional Guide For Amateur And Micro Distillers
"Focused on corn whiskey, this is a technical guide to small scale production."
The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still.
The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still.
"Well, I'm not sure it's a secret exactly. Any chemist knows the practical side and a quick search online gets you the art/craft end of it."
Craft of Whiskey Distilling
Craft of Whiskey Distilling
"A beautiful book with a lot of details."
Water of Life
Water of Life
"Eau de vie. It's a historical look at distillation."
Distilling Your Own Absinthe (Home Distilling Book 1)
Distilling Your Own Absinthe (Home Distilling Book 1)
"Absinthe specifically."
The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible: Making Beer, Wine, Liqueurs and Moonshine whiskey
The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible: Making Beer, Wine, Liqueurs and Moonshine whiskey
"I haven't seen this book myself, but it turns up on all of my searches on this subject."
The Practical Distiller An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c. &c. of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, than Produced by ... from the Produce of the United States
The Practical Distiller An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c. &c. of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, than Produced by ... from the Produce of the United States
"An old book reprinted. Interesting historical document."