William's American Bourbon Kit

  • Item #K34
  • Price: $41.48
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Needed Yeast, Optional Ultra Ferm

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William's American Bourbon is an advanced mashing kit for making authentic American style bourbon with electric mashing and distilling equipment like the Mash & Boil, Grainfather, or Robobrew.  It includes precooked flaked corn, crushed barley, brewing sugar, and toasted American Oak Sticks that let you 'barrel age' your bourbon in a ordinary 12 ounce beer bottle.  This kit produces a 5 gallon mash with a starting gravity of around 1.077, which when fermented and then distilled, results in 5 to 6 twelve ounce bottles of 90 proof bourbon.  Aging time for optimum flavor is 2 years in beer bottles with Toasted Oak Sticks inserted.

This is an advanced kit intended for brewers who own electric mashing and distilling equipment like the Mash & Boil, Robobrew, or Grainfather. Besides these items, you will also need an optional distilling lid, pot still distilling column, and an Alcometer or Proof & Tralle hydrometer. 

Click HERE to download the instructions in pdf format.

Includes 10 pounds of flaked cooked corn, 4 pounds of crushed two row barley malt, 2 pounds of brewing sugar, and 14 Toasted American Oak Sticks (put two in each 12 ounce beer bottle, and age for 1 to 2 years).

OPTIONAL WHITE LABS ULTRA FERM: We suggest the enzyme Ultra Ferm as an option for those who want the highest possible extract from this 5 gallon batch. It is not necessary, but if you use it, your final gravity will typically be about 5 - 7 points lower than if not used. For example, this kit has a starting gravity of about 1.078, and if you do not use Ultra Ferm, a typical final gravity will be between 1.000 and 1.008. If you use Ultra Ferm, expect the final gravity to be between 0.995 and 1.000.


NOTE: Needed yeast is not included, we recommend Safale S05.

DISTILLING AND THE LAW: Distilling alcohol without a license is currently illegal in the United States. The customer is responsible for checking all State and Federal laws regarding distillation before ordering, and obtaining the proper licenses from local authorities.


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Average rating 10 out of 10 ( based on 1 review )

Back Porch Distillery

Review by Chuck on 12/8/2020

I have made four kits so far and love it. Ultra Ferm make a big difference during the initial mix. With my boiler, I found that you cannot use a pump or the finer secondary screen in the mash mixer. The fermentation goes for a long time, 3 to 4 weeks. I produced 63% Alcohol and used a pot still twice and a condenser still once. With my condenser still I can get 93% alcohol but you loose the flavor. My first batch is going on 1.5 years aging in an oak barrel and it taste fantastic. It is a lot of fun and on distillation day out on the back porch, I collect 6 ounce samples as the process goes along with a little taste of each after the first 4 ounces and then blend them at the end. The head and tail are kept for when I run the condenser still.

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Sep 24, 2019 by Randy Gailit

Q: I am almost 2 weeks in fermentor. Should I use Turbo Clear before distilling?

A: You could, but you could also transfer to a secondary and let it sit for another 12 days or so and it will clear out some. Keep in mind the corn mash will always be cloudier than a malt mash, and when you distill, that will clear it out.


Sep 12, 2019 by Randy

Q: I got my Bourbon Kit K34 & Whiskey Turbo Yeast Y21. Should I prepare a starter for the yeast? I use FastPitch or Propper Starter with my beer yeast and have great results. This is my 1st batch of bourbon and hope I can wait the 2 years to try it.

A: We have not found this is needed. With the Y21 Whiskey Turbo Yeast, a starter is not needed, it is very active.


Jul 26, 2019 by Dick

Q: Oops, sorry I somehow put my question under the IPA kit. The mash still looks like very muddy water after 3 weeks in fermenter. Does it ever clean up? will sediment mess up my Mash and Boil?

A: For the Bourbon, cloudiness is normal in the primary. If you have not transferred to a secondary, doing so will clear it up some so there will be less yeast in the Mash & Boil (less yeast means less chance of a cooked yeasty taste in the finished distillate).


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