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The nature of yeast is such that by fermentation alone one can only obtain brews of up to around 20% alcohol by volume (ABV). For beverages of greater alcoholic strength one needs to distill the fermented brew using a still. Ethanol alcohol for human consumption boils at 78.1 C, 21.9 C lower than the water in the fermented brew. If, therefore, the brew is heated to 78.1 C then the alcohol will boil off as steam, leaving the water behind. The alcohol steam should be fed through a condenser to lower its temperature and restore it to liquid form. The liquid which drips from the outlet pipe of the condenser in to the collection vessel will be approximately 96% alcohol, thus 192 proof. Do not be tempted to drink such strong spirit as it is, unless you have already arranged your own funeral. Distilled spirit should be diluted to 50%, 40% or 30% ABV with water or soft drinks before consumption. In most countries, home distillation of alcohol is illegal. It is for the home brewer alone to discover such legalities.

In accord with the brew it yourself nature of this web site, visitors are asked to send in photographs and written details of working home made stills for subsequent publication here.

For more information, check out the Wikipedia article about spirits at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distilled_beverage