There are countless Distilling courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
- The Joy of Home Distilling: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Moonshine, and More (Joy of Series) (2014)
- Home Distilling Handbook (2017)
- The Nano Distillery: The Future of Distilling (2018)
- Proof: The Science of Booze (2015)
- Distillery Operations: How to Run a Small Distillery (2016)
- Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home (2016)
- Whiskey Distiller’s Training Manual (2017)
- Alt Whiskeys: Whiskey Recipes and Distilling Techniques for the Adventurous Craft Distiller (2012)
- The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables (2009)
- Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine) (2006)
- Raise the Bar – The Home Distiller’s Guide: Home distilling – How to make moonshine, vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila … And DIY Bartender: Cocktails for the Homemade Mixologist (2018)
The Joy of Home Distilling: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Moonshine, and More (Joy of Series) (2014)
”If you’re going to invest the $100 or so to get a basic equipment and recipe kit, then you’ll want to take care in ensuring that your first batch is brewed correctly.” –Rick Morris, HowBrewBeer covers nearly every facet of distilling: Author Rick Morris, who has been selling distillation equipment for over 25 years, even includes his own recipes for different types of spirits and drink recipes.
Home Distilling Handbook (2017)
“The book has been fantastic, I carry it like the Bible.” Brett A. – Verified PurchaseThe Home Distilling Handbook was written for beginning distillers who want to learn the complete process of making high quality whiskey and other spirits. Clear pictures and concise instructions give you a complete understanding of every step in the process.
The Nano Distillery is a compilation of how-to chapters and real-life experiences of distillers who successfully produce quality spirits on a small scale. Complete with formulas, spreadsheets, and first-person accounts The Nano Distillery is intended to provide you with enough information to roll up your sleeves and get distilling.
Proof: The Science of Booze (2015)
Humans have been perfecting alcohol production for ten thousand years, but scientists are just starting to distill the chemical reactions behind the perfect buzz. In a spirited tour across continents and cultures, Adam Rogers takes us from bourbon country to the world’s top gene-sequencing labs, introducing us to the bars, barflies, and evolving science at the heart of boozy technology.
This work covers all aspects of distilling operations from fermentation to bottling. It is written by a licensed distiller who started his own distillery and then operated it successfully for almost twenty years.
How to distill your own premium alcohol safely and legally. Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home. In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits. However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada.
The Whiskey Distiller’s Training Manual is designed to teach you the complete process of making high-quality whiskey. The book is designed for people with no distilling experience who want to learn from the ground up. The book contains over 100 clear pictures which were taken at a small distillery.
Alt Whiskeys: Whiskey Recipes and Distilling Techniques for the Adventurous Craft Distiller (2012)
Learn to make 50 alternative whiskeys: from bourbons to single malts to moonshines. The recipes use alternative grains, craft beer inspired ingredients like hops, and smoked grains to expand the distiller’s creative palette. #294,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #396 in Alcoholic Spirits #185 in Whiskey #689 in Homebrewing, Distilling & Wine Making Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables (2009)
This book is a backstage pass into the world of small-scale distilling of whiskies, gins, vodkas, brandies, and more. The reader, the ultimate spirits aficionado, will learn how water and grain are transformed into the full range exquisite, timeless liquors. There are few books available that explore the actual craft of distilling in such detail.
Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine) (2006)
Alchemy can’t be science–common sense tells us as much. But perhaps common sense is not the best measure of what science is, or was. In this book, Bruce Moran looks past contemporary assumptions and prejudices to determine what alchemists were actually doing in the context of early modern science.
Raise the Bar – The Home Distiller’s Guide: Home distilling – How to make moonshine, vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila … And DIY Bartender: Cocktails for the Homemade Mixologist (2018)
The complete guide for a beginner. Learn how to make your own brew at home!Everything you need to know to ferment and distill right the first time. Home distillation isn’t for everyone. It’s for you! While some homebrewers are happy enough with beer or wine, others want to take it a step further, by distilling those grain and fruit mashes and concentrating their alcohol into true spirits worthy of any bar.
Best Distilling Books You Should Enjoy
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some distilling books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
Making Bourbon: A Geographical History of Distilling in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky
Author(s): Karl Raitz
ID: 3040015, Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky, Year: 2020, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub
Bourbon's Backroads: A Journey through Kentucky's Distilling Landscape
Author(s): Karl Raitz
ID: 2898686, Publisher: University Press of Kentucky, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Format: epub
Accounting for Alcohol: An Accounting History of Brewing, Distilling and Viniculture
Author(s): Martin Quinn (editor), João Oliveira (editor)
ID: 3005390, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.