Book Review: The Home Distiller’s Workbook

Book Review: The Home Distiller’s Workbook

home distillers workbookFirst things first: This stuff is totally illegal. You can’t distill moonshine, whiskey, vodka, rum, gin, or anything else at home. It is quite dangerous in many ways. If the still doesn’t explode, you could always poison yourself with methanol. Or you could get killed in prison. (Unlicensed still raids are a real thing.)

Still determined? Jeff King is your friendly pal who can guide you through the process of setting up a still and making just about anything. Through 85 pages of Arial-font writing he’ll guide you through the basics and walk you through the difference between your thumper box and your slobber box. I’ve never made my own spirits, but I get the sense from the book that I could handle the basics after a couple of close reads (and given the right equipment). But even equipment may not be essential. King takes things to simpler and simpler levels, even including designs for a still built out of a teapot.

King’s book is far from refined or sophisticated, and it looks like it was printed in bulk at the local copy shop, not unlike The Anarchist’s Cookbook. But considering the quasi-illegal nature of the subject matter, the scrappy look sort of fits. You’ll find worse ways to spend your nine bucks if you want to get in on the game. God help you.

B+ / $9 / [BUY IT AT AMAZON]

The Home Distiller's Workbook




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Chad on March 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Hilarious. Better buy it under an assumed Amazon account, too. Or else the feds may come knockin’!

  2. Jeff King on March 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, I can remember buying my first copy of the Anarchist cookbook back when I was 14. That was some time ago. I would never in a million years thought that I would one day write a book that would be compared to it! LOL. Thanks for the review and I’m glad you enjoyed the book. BTW, it’s printed by Amazon through their create space service. It’s print on demand but I think the quality seemed pretty good. If you book doesn’t cut it Amazon will replace it no questions asked. Ok, they may ask a question or two, but they will make it right.

    Actually what I came here to say was that we are working hard on legislation to change things and to legalize our hobby. In the back of the book you will find links to our Facebook page with 5k other readers. We share recipes, still plans and trouble shoot each others issues. It’s a great little community dedicated to helping the hobby home distiller. AND we also run Please take a moment to check it out and even give us a Like on FB. Every Like is a voice added to the fight!

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