Safety

With respect to distilling alcohol, one should keep in mind that there is always a certain amount of risk involved. If one works carefully and has a basic understanding of the process and the materials we are working with, the risks can be kept to an acceptable minimum.

In this section, you will find the basic safety guidelines one should keep in mind. I have choosen to segregate the safety guidelines into three main sections:-

I strongly suggest that you read these topics before you start preparing your wash in order to avoid any unnecessary risk.

There is a fair chance that homemade "Booze" will be of a higher quality than the commercial "Booze", most people buy.
It is hard to believe at first sight but it is true. (see below***)

***Quality of home distilled alcohol vs commercial distillates
  • Home distilled spirit (not treated with carbon): methanol 0.0067%, ethanol 99.632%, fusils 0.361%
  • Commercial vodka: methanol 0.013%, ethanol 99.507%, fusils 0.48%
  • Poor quality home distilled spirit: methanol 0.0186%, ethanol 98.453%, and fusils 1.528%
Source: "Spirits unlimited - a complete guide to home distilling",
Auckland 1996 by Peter J. Wheeler & R. Malcom Willmott (ISBN 0473-03752-1)