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  How (not) to Distill your Own Brandy The Gud Life


Distillation of Wine into Brandy - 6 June 2010
I have obviuosly never done this as it is illegal here in Bulgaria, as it is in most countries (honest). If like me you have attempted to make homemade and country wines, and they have turned out to be, not quite the tipple you were expecting. They can be easily turned into spirit. I should point that you shoud not do this, or follow the instructions, I take absolutely no responsibilty for idiots who blow themselves up following these instructuions. REPEAT DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS

Allegedly this is how you do it. I brought the equipment purely so I could take pictures of the process, and they have never actually been used for distilling my parsnip wine.


  • A sealable container with only one point of exit for the steam (like a pressure cooker). Mine is made from an old washing machine.

    A still made out of an old washing machine

  • An copper tube and cooling station, to condense the steam back into liquid


  • Lots of not so good homemade wine. I make mine in old 10 litre water bottles.

    My Parsnip Wine

When it is all put together you get a fire going under your still, the alchohol evaporate before the water, this then condenses in you condeser and is collected as 'brandy' of sorts. Here is mine put together for demonstartion purposes only. You will notice that this is done outside, a homemade pressure cooker, filled with alcohol would be like a hand grenade if done in side!! Who says a physics degree is worthless!

Demonstration of a still

After making your brandy or rakia as it is known in Bulgaria, you have to throw it away as it is illegal.  


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  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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