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Potato Vodka Recipe

This potato vodka recipe will yield about 1L finished product


  • 10kg potatoes
  • 2.5kg crushed malted barley
  • 20g Distillers yeast ( high alcohol tolerance)


  • Begin by sterilizing all your equipment to prevent any mold or bacteria from developing in your wash. We used a non-rinse sanitizer
  • Scrub and rinse potatoes to remove any excess dirt. Peeling is not necessary as the skins will impart most of the flavor.
  • Chop the potatoes into smaller pieces and then boil them until they are soft and easily mashable.
  • Begin to mash your potatoes breaking up any big chunks. A stick-blender or food processor works well to get the potatoes as liquidized as possible.
  • Transfer the potato soup to your fermentation bucket.
  • Add cool water to your bucket allowing the soup to cool down to about 65 degrees Celcius. DO NOT fill higher than the 20L mark.
  • Add in your malted barley and mix well. You can add alpha-amylase at this point if you would like however it should not be necessary as the malt contains enough enzymes for starch conversion.
  • Wrap your fermenter well with a towel or blanket to maintain your mashing temperature. Allow fermentation to sit for at least 1 hour.
  • After you have waited an hour for your starch to convert, let your fermentation cool down to 30 degrees celsius and pitch in your yeast
  • Seal your fermenter and add an airlock. Allow to ferment for 7-14 days or until your airlock stops bubbling
  • Use a sieve and/or muslin cloth/grain bag to strain the liquids from your fermentation.
  • Digard your solids and allow your liquids to sit for a further 24-48 hours to allow any further sediment to settle to the bottom.
  • Siphon off the liquid into your boiler.
  • Do a stripping run and collect your spirits until the product exiting your still is at about 20% ABV
  • Dilute your collected product down to below 30% ABV with water and do a second distillation run making the appropriate cuts.
  • Check your final spirit % ABV with an alcohol hydrometer, and dilute down to 43% ABV