How to make homemade spirits
When you’re craving something sweet, or if you’re just tired of the same old same old, you might be tempted to head over to the liquor store and grab a pint of whiskey or vodka.
But in reality, you’re not getting a real taste of the world’s finest spirits by dint of buying bottles and cans.
Instead, the only way to really get a taste of a particular spirit is to drink it.
And that’s not an easy feat to do, especially when it comes to bourbon.
“I think a lot of people underestimate the difficulty of making spirits, especially in an environment that’s so different from the one that we live in today,” said Michael C. Anderson, an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health who specializes in the medicinal and scientific uses of alcohol.
“There’s a lot to learn, but it’s also a lot more difficult than it appears.”
For example, most spirits in the U.S. are distilled at least in part from sugar cane, the same material that makes up the primary component of bourbon, and the same technology used to make whiskey and bourbon-based spirits is also used to create spirits made from other agricultural crops.
“If you can grow sugar cane in a controlled way, it has an advantage over corn and soybeans,” Anderson said.
The main challenge in producing these cocktails is the amount of water required to grow sugarcane and other crops.
Anderson said the amount that a farmer would need to use to make a barrel of Bourbon would range from 20 gallons to 120 gallons.
To make these cocktails, he said, you need to buy enough water to make one liter of water, which would put the average American on the low end of water consumption.
So the next time you’re out with your friends and you see a bottle of bourbon in a store, it might not be worth it to make the same mistake.
“A lot of spirits, it seems like, are sold as just water and not distilled at all,” he said.
In fact, there’s a reason for that.
According to the National Science Foundation, the average bottle of spirits in a U.s. grocery store is 1,300 gallons, or approximately one liter.
“The majority of the water used to distill alcohol is in the barrel of the bottle,” Anderson explained.
“That means that the amount you’re consuming in a gallon of water will be a lot less than the amount it’s going to cost to make that barrel of whiskey.”
To make a better understanding of what kind of spirits are available, Anderson, who is also a member of the UofL’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, wanted to find out how much water was used in distilling alcohol in each of the 50 states and how much of that water was actually consumed by people.
“When you look at the figures, the amount we’re talking about is less than 0.02 percent of the total water consumed by the American people,” Anderson told ABC News.
The research was done by looking at a sample of U. S. liquor stores and the total amount of beer, wine, and spirits that were sold.
It then looked at the amount each state was consuming in each category.
For example: “The average amount of distilled spirits sold in the United States is 1.5 liters per capita, or about 7 gallons,” Anderson wrote.
“Therefore, each state consumed about 0.002 percent of total U.