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Distillery Journey

Making Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Distillation

Distilling is the process of removing the alcohol from the mash, by heating the mash and exposing the vapor out of the mixture. Vapor contains alcohol and the flavour. Cooled vapors are then condensed and passed to a still called doubler.

The result is called low wine, which is about 40 proof or 20% alcohol. during the second distillation, low wine is pumped to create the high wine. During the second distillation, high wine vaporizes through the still and results about 100 proof or 50% alcohol. With each distillation, water and impurities are removed from the liquid.

Labrot & Graham is the only distillery in Kentucky today making Bourbon using copper pot stills, claming that the copper is an excellent metal for distilling. It reacts favorably with alcohol vaports, imparting unique qualities that make for a superior whiskey.

In Scotland and Ireland, pot stills are still used today for distilleing Socth and Irish whisky.

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