FARM TO BOTTLE DIFFERENCE
1. Preparation: Our own farm-grown sweet potatoes and corn are sorted, washed, milled and sent from our milling room to the cook tank in the distillery.
2. Cooking: The milled sweet potatoes and corn are added to water and heated until they are boiling. After boiling, they are cooled down in a series of steps, and mixed with enzymes which break apart the starch in the potatoes into simple sugars. This mixture is called mash.
3. Fermenting: The mash is added to the fermentation tank along with yeast. The yeast converts the sugar in the potatoes and corn to alcohol. After 4-6 days, the yeast has consumed all the sugars in fermentation and this crude beer is ready to be distilled.
4. Distilling: Inside the still, the mash is heated to the point where the alcohol turns to vapor, but the water remains liquid. The vapor is carried through the vodka column to the condenser, where is turned back to liquid. The height of the still aids in making the very pure alcohol that is necessary for vodka.
5. Proofing: The spirit that comes off the still is too strong to drink. Water is added to reduce the spirit to drinking strength, or “proof."
6. Bottling: Our finished spirit is pumped into tanks above the bottling room, then gravity fed into the bottle filler, where it is hand bottled, labeled & packaged.