How To Make Corn Vodka

How To Make Corn Vodka

Welcome to the world of vodka making! Our mission at Vodka Doctors is to share our passion for vodka, and today, we're diving into one of the most popular vodka ingredients - corn. Corn vodka has a distinct, smooth, and sweet taste that makes it perfect for both sipping and mixing in cocktails. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of making corn vodka at home, so you too can enjoy this unique spirit.

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The Basics of Corn Vodka

Corn vodka, like other types of vodka, is made through the process of fermentation and distillation. The main steps in producing corn vodka are:

  1. Preparing the corn
  2. Fermentation
  3. Distillation
  4. Filtering and bottling

Preparing the Corn

The first step in creating corn vodka is selecting and preparing the corn. Look for high-quality, organic corn if possible, as this will provide the best flavor for your vodka. You'll need to mill the corn, which means grinding it down into a fine powder. This can be done with a grain mill or even a powerful blender.

Once the corn is milled, you'll need to cook it. This process breaks down the starches in the corn, making them more accessible to the yeast during fermentation. Heat water and cornmeal in a large pot, stirring constantly to prevent clumping, until it reaches a thick porridge-like consistency. Ensure that it doesn't scorch; otherwise, it will affect the taste of your final product. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before moving onto the next step.


Fermentation is the process where yeast converts sugars into alcohol. To begin, add a specific amount of yeast to your cooled cornmeal mixture following package directions. This yeast will feed on the sugars in the corn, creating ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide. It's crucial to maintain a consistent temperature during fermentation, ideally between 75°F and 85°F.

Once you've added the yeast, transfer the mixture to a fermenter - a large, food-grade container with an airtight seal and an airlock to allow gases to escape without letting contaminants in. Let the mixture ferment for at least a week, checking on it periodically to ensure proper fermentation. You'll know the fermentation process is complete when the bubbling in the airlock significantly slows down or stops.


Once fermentation is complete, it's time to distill your corn vodka. Distillation separates ethanol from water and other impurities in the fermentation mixture, resulting in a higher alcohol content. To do this, you'll need a still – either buy one or build your own.

Transfer the fully fermented mixture into the still and slowly heat it. As the temperature rises, the alcohol will evaporate and travel through the still's condensing column. The alcohol will then condense back to liquid form and be collected in a separate container. You may need to perform multiple distillations to reach the desired purity and alcohol content.

Cuts and Proofing

As the distillation progresses, different compounds will be released. These are commonly referred to as cuts, and they can significantly impact the flavor and quality of your vodka. The first liquid to come out is called the "heads," which contains undesirable compounds like methanol. The next cut, the "hearts," is composed of ethanol and is what you want to keep. Lastly, the "tails" consist of heavier, less desirable compounds.

After collecting the hearts, it's time to proof your vodka. This refers to adjusting the alcohol content to the desired level. Add purified water to your vodka until it reaches around 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

Filtering and Bottling

The final step is to filter and bottle your homemade corn vodka. Filtering helps remove any remaining impurities, providing a smoother taste. You can filter your vodka through activated charcoal or carbon filters specifically designed for alcohol.

Once filtered, transfer the vodka to airtight bottles and store them in a cool, dark place. Your homemade corn vodka is now ready for consumption!

How To Make Corn Vodka Example:

Steve, an aspiring home distiller, decided to make his corn vodka following the Vodka Doctors' guide. He sourced premium quality organic corn, milled it finely, and cooked it into a thick porridge. After cooling and inoculating it with the appropriate yeast, he patiently waited for the fermentation to finish.

Upon completion of fermentation, Steve carefully transferred the liquid to his new still and began the distillation process. He meticulously performed two separate distillations, collecting the hearts with precision. After proofing and filtering his vodka, he bottled it and hosted a tasting party with friends, showcasing the delicious and smooth corn vodka he had crafted with the help of Vodka Doctors.

Well, there you have it - your comprehensive guide to making corn vodka! We hope this article serves as a helpful resource on your journey, and if you're curious to explore more vodka topics or need recipe inspiration, don't hesitate to check out more articles on Vodka Doctors. If you found this guide interesting and informative, we encourage you to share it with your friends and fellow vodka enthusiasts. Happy vodka making, and cheers to your new skills as a corn vodka connoisseur!

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Ferdynand Scheuerman

Ferdynand is Vodka importer, exporter and specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Vodka industry. He knows the subtle in's & out's of Vodka. Spending most of his time discovering new brands, new blends and new cocktails.

About Ferdynand Scheuerman

Ferdynand is Vodka importer, exporter and specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Vodka industry. He knows the subtle in's & out's of Vodka. Spending most of his time discovering new brands, new blends and new cocktails.

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