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We hope that you were able to join us on our field trip to Kings County Distillery and Rooftop Reds on Saturday! We had an amazing time and we can't wait for the next one. If you couldn't make it, you can see a curated list of resources from Colby and Gina below.

Field Trip Field Notes
7/30/16, Kings County Distillery, Rooftop Reds
Brooklyn, NY

Liquor Resources We Love
www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/products/age-your- own-whiskey-kit  www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2007/how-to- make-your- own-gin-without-a-still

Gin recipe from the link above:
1 750mL bottle 100-proof vodka
1 750mL bottle 80-proof vodka
20 grams dried juniper berries (about ¼ cup)
8 grams whole coriander, crushed (about 2 tbsp.)
2 grams dried orange peel (about 1½ tsp.)
2 grams dried lemon peel (about 1 tsp.)
3 grams whole cinnamon (about 1 stick) – omitted by Colby, our RP tester
1 whole cardamom pod, crushed

Bitters and Esters - 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Educational brewery where customers can craft beer on-site plus take classes or buy supplies for wine-making and (maybe) distilling

Books from Kings County Distillery
Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey
Oct 22, 2013
by David Haskell and Colin Spoelman

The Kings County Distillery: Whiskey Notes: Tasting and Distilling Logbook
Feb 24, 2015
by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell

Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits
May 17, 2016
by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell

Wine-Making Resources We Love
Instructions paraphrased from TP & S Grapes (more about them below, click the link for their exact instructions)

1. FERMENTATION STAGE - All equipment must be washed and sterilized. Open a 6-gallon pail, stir vigorously and pour the juice into a 6 gallon glass jug using a funnel with strainer. Place the air lock and stopper on the mouth of the jug, put scotch or vodka up to the line on the air lock. This will allow the natural pressure which builds during fermentation to escape and will keep the outside air from contaminating the wine. The temperature for fermentation should be at 70 degrees for 30 to 35 days, depending on the sugar content and fermenting temperature.

2. RACKING THE WINE - Racking wine separates the clear wine from the lees, the heavy cloudy sediment which settles at the bottom of the jug. The jug must be gently moved to a 10 degree cooler temperature than the fermentation state – around 60 degrees. Place a sterile siphon tube into the wine, making sure the end is several inches above the lees. Siphon the clear wine into a clean sterile jug. Apply the solid rubber stopper on the neck of the jug. The wine must be racked again in 3 to 4 weeks following the same procedure. The wine may be racked again in another 3 to 4 weeks to achieve maximum clarity. It is important to maintain the optimum temperature during the racking process.

It is recommended to add Potassium Metabisulphite (Campden Tablets) to stabilize the wine. This will help to prevent bacterial infection and oxidation. Fill bottles completely as excess air will cause oxidation and spoilage. It is suggested to use a corker with a# 8 or # 9 cork to bottle your wine. Store bottles on edge in a cool dry area. Your wine will be ready for use in approximately 9 months.

TP & S Wine Grapes - 62 Brooklyn Terminal Market
Considered the best source for wine making in NYC – you can get your own grapes to stomp (most kits suggest that you start with grape juice,) all additives, and equipment

Deluxe Wine Making Kit (best rated kit online)

Bitters and Esters - 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Educational brewery where customers can craft beer on-site plus take classes or buy supplies for wine-making and (maybe) distilling

Classes to learn wine-making in NYC

Classes to learn wine-drinking in NYC (found through coursehorse.com)
Le Grand Triage – 1657 First Avenue, New York, NY
American Sommelier – 580 Broadway, New York, NY
Chelsea Wine Vault – 75 9 th Avenue, New York, NY
New York Vintners – 21 Warren Street, New York, NY

Gina Leggett