Alcohol Distiller’s Handbook
Read the FOREWORD: From Biblical days to present time, the production of ethyl alcohol has remained cloaked in mystery, controversy and a labyrinth of governmental controls. Before prohibition distillery technology was a carefully guarded science—a proprietary possession that each distiller claimed made their product more desirable than that of competitors.
Prohibition created a supply-demand situation that resulted in the production of alcohol in small, illegal quantities by many ordinary people. While strong in motivation, most were lacking in technical ability, resulting in good quality alcohol being produced more by accident than by design.
After the repeal of prohibition in 1933 the knowledge to produce alcohol was no longer a hidden secret—anyone who desired to could make alcohol of questionable quality. However, with prohibition no longer in effect, the motivation to produce alcohol by other than large industry, was gone. The use of alcohol as a motor fuel and for heating was well known, however, petroleum based fuel was so plentiful and cheap that the use of alcohol would have been a luxury.
For the next fifty years alcohol was destined to serve primarily as a social lubricant and, to a lesser degree, industrial purposes. The production of alcohol quickly became a series of standard practices although largely undocumented by the industry as a whole.
It was with this goal in mind that Herman F. Willkie and Joseph A. Prochaska wrote this book. Originally titled “Fundamentals of Distillery Practice” it was published in 1943 by the Educational Division of Joseph E. Seagram, Inc. It is interesting to note that, in their preface, the authors expressed thought that this book would soon be outdated. Ironically, their work became a standard reference and has remained the “Bible” in almost every large distillery operation.
Today’s energy situation in America coupled with our desire to become independent of foreign oil has placed alcohol in a new limelight—as a viable fuel that can enable our “Amber Waves of Grain,” instead of feeding our enemies, to run our cars and heat our homes.
To help fill the technological demands of this exciting new industry we have reproduced and retitled this book “Alcohol Distiller’s Handbook.” May America be stronger for us having done so.
Covered in this one great book are:
Distillers’ dried grain and solubles and laboratory control.
This is the book for commercial production.
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