Before we go deeper into whiskey making kits lets first see what whiskey actually is and how it’s different from ordinary moonshine.
Technically, any type of whiskey is a grain-based spirit obtained through distillation and aged in wood barrels. That’s just fancy words for moonshine that has been set aside in an oak barrel and simply forgotten about for a couple of years.
Jokes aside, whiskey is actually high-quality moonshine obtained from an exclusively grain (or corn in case of bourbon) based mash. This distinction alone results in a very mild and rich flavor, especially when a pot still is being used. However, the trademark amber color and spectacular flavor profile we usually associate with whiskeys and bourbons are obtained during the barrel-aging process that normally takes at least a couple of years. After that the end-product can also be blended with other whiskeys to obtain the desired set of flavors, but that’s talkin' high-end production distillery stuff there.
Here's a good quick overview of the different whiskeys and what they're all comprised of as a refresher
So, in order to make whiskey you first need to make good moonshine and then put it in an oak barrel. And that’s exactly what a whiskey making kit is – a small oak barrel that you can age your moonshine in.
Now, depending on whether you’ve used barley malt, corn, rye malt or a mix of thereof in the mash, you will obtain what’s technically called Scotch Single Malt, Bourbon, Rye, or Blended Whiskey respectively. But the production process is the same no matter what type of whiskey you’re going after.
Just make sure that your still runs smoothly and the spirit coming out of it is tasting good on its own. Then comes the part when you have to get one of those whiskey making kits and stock up on patience.