Home made vodka?

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Home made vodka?

Post by Jangloid Mark » Fri May 18, 2012 00:13

I've just seen this : http://www.squidoo.com/How-To-Make-Potato-Vodka

I quite fancy having a go myself.
So many questions.
How do I know if my oven is a 'pressure cooker'? Does it matter if it's not? I know it can go up to at least 400 degrees.

Do I cover the pot of potato cubes?
How long does this part take?

As for distilling it...can someone explain to me in simple terms how to do this? Is there ny kind of CHEAP distillers kit I can get? Would I get such a thing in the 99p shop?

Any and all helpful tips welcome :)
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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by This Is Helena » Fri May 18, 2012 09:01

You might want to familiarise yourself with some of this first to avoid getting into trouble at some point. http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPort ... t#P40_1998
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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by a layer of chips » Fri May 18, 2012 09:11

Bloody hell, Mark - be careful. I don't want to read any headlines about death by exploding potato oven in South Wales.

I'll buy you a massive bottle of vodka for your birthday, how does that sound?

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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by Mr Bear » Fri May 18, 2012 09:13

A pressure cooker is a specific thing - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pressure-Cooker ... de=3147951

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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by julieocean » Fri May 18, 2012 10:36

I think this might be what Sam is referring to

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-li ... e-14188297

I think I'd find that a bit worrying, especially as they'd probably had quite a lot of practice! Plus I'm no expert, but I can't see the kit being that cheap (although once you were set up the raw materials would cost next to nothing).

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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri May 18, 2012 10:45

I've homemade wine in the past, that's cheap as chips and doesn't really require any special equipment. I got a book with recipes for various in-season foodstuffs to really minimise the cost. I think there was a thread on here somewhere about making yr own booze. Yes, there was: home brewing (it's mostly beer, but beer is good).

Attempting to distill stuff is really quite dangerous. I;d I;d be surprised if it didn't taste rank after all that effort.
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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Sat May 19, 2012 18:31

I met a Russian dude who made his own vodka. It was really nice stuff. He had no eyebrows due to various distilling mishaps though.

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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by Silver Girl » Mon May 21, 2012 09:45

As a scientist and a home-brewer, my advice to you would be don't. Seriously, don't. Legal stuff aside, unless you're very good at fractionating alcohols, you run the risk of bringing over some methanol. And methanol=blindess/death. (In the north-west a few years back there was a spate of home-made fake vodka making it into shops and at least one kid died from it). Plus there's a fairly high chance of it exploding, as people have said.
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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by Murray » Mon May 21, 2012 20:06

Should we be concerned that we haven't heard from the Jangler since the opening post?
Can anyone confirm that the smell of singed eyebrows is wafting around South Wales?

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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by mimpkin » Mon May 21, 2012 20:28

How about making flavoured vodkas? It's safer and easier. Endless fun!
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Re: Home made vodka?

Post by julieocean » Mon May 21, 2012 20:48

Murray wrote:Should we be concerned that we haven't heard from the Jangler since the opening post?
Can anyone confirm that the smell of singed eyebrows is wafting around South Wales?
Poor Mark. Between the proverbial s**tstorm that his 'Twee songs by bands that aren't twee' thread provoked and our less than enthusiastic response to his potato vodka project, he'll probably never post on anorak again.

Can I propose we start a new thread called "We love you Jangloid Mark"?

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