Classic whiskey differs from homemade whiskey because of the aging processes involved. Homemade whiskey only takes 10 days aging while classic whiskey has long-term aging in barrels.
Otherwise, these drinks are very similar. There are quite a few methods of making whiskey from home. Following this recipe will allow making whiskey which is very hard to distinguish from a real product.
Warning! The resulting drink will only imitate real whiskey since it’s made following another method and without any grains. Additionally, we also won’t age it in oak barrels.
In order to hit as close to the original as possible I recommend making whiskey from roasted oak chips. Before aging you follow all the necessary steps, otherwise, fusel oils will bring all efforts to naught. The best option is running double distillation.
Whiskey has yellow color with light brown shade thanks to prolonged aging in oak barrels (for at least 2 years). But such aging process is too long and inconvenient at home. That’s why we will infuse our whiskey with oak extract, which is much faster and cheaper.
To make a 750ml bottle, this is all you need to craft your own whiskey at home:
(a) 96% ethyl alcohol
(c) Oak Chips
(d) Caramel or Maple Syrup
(a) Firstly prepare your oak chips. Wash the chips and run through running water. Then in a glass jar, place your oak chips and pour hot water and let sit for 12 hours. Drain the water and dry for 24hours or until the wood is completely dry.
These are oak chips.
(b) After 24hours, line your oak chips on a baking tray and bake for 15-20mins on 250°C. Then grill your oak chips for 15mins and let them cool.
(c) In a one litre glass bottle, place your grilled oak chips, add to the chips, 450ml of 96% ethyl alcohol and add 300ml of water. Close the jar or bottle and let the bottle sit in an open place but away from direct sunlight. Keep the jar for 10 days fermenting.
This is how the whiskey will look in different days.
On the 10th day, decant the whiskey using a clean cheesecloth to remove excess oak chips which might be left in the whiskey.
Transfer the whiskey in a 750ml bottle. To the whiskey, add a table spoon of maple syrup and keep the whiskey another 24hours for final fermentation.
On the 11th day, your whiskey is ready for sampling. Trust you me, this is the closest to Johnny Walker whiskey.
Important note: Drink with moderation as this alcholo contains 57% alcohol. Also, remember not to drink and drive. Be a responsible citizen.
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