You should now have a nice ‘white dog’ (aka moonshine) that you can drink or age. I HIGHLY recommend aging your concoction in one of the small barrels listed above. Why? Because un-aged spirits are for un-aged drinkers.
The aging process takes a lot less time since there is a smaller bourbon to barrel surface area. Add charred oak chips (or some spices if you like) and voila. You are aging bourbon like a boss!
Good homemade bourbon takes time to age. You’ll want to age your bourbon batch for at least three months. If you’re the extra patient type you could age your bourbon for years. This will allow the oak flavors from the barrel to fully saturate your bourbon distillate. For instance, Booker’s Bourbon is aged 6 to 8 years and it is an absolutely astonishing bourbon. Either way you wish to experiment, you’ll be happy that you decided to make your own homemade bourbon.
This isn’t the easiest process, and you will have to trust yourself and your The Joy of Home Distilling. But once you take that first sip of your very own concoction, the effort and the wait will be worth your while!
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