Arishtam is not there to support alcohol addiction, encourage people to damage their liver, ruin their family or professional life with a single minded obsession of getting drunk. Arishtam Homebrew Supply Store sees fermentation as an age old vedic culture which predates any civilization, culture, language or script. We believe Indian fermentation recipes are getting endangered and through fusion of European styles we are trying to revive & reinvent them. This is the reason why we spend so many hours in workshops, roadshows, seminars to create awareness of our culture. We have a recipe section and academy section to address the Rookie's concerns. We spend more time publicizing the use of stabilizers, campden, clarifying agents then making hooch.
Making desi tharra is easy, take some malt or fruit juice and make sure there is enough sugar (atleast 24% to begin with) and Add some turbo yeast. Keep on adding (10-15% extra) sugar as the fermentation slows down. With turbo yeast and enough yeast nutrients you can easily achieve 16-18% v/v strong drink. Sometimes this is not enough and we will blend it wil 40% rum or illegally distilled 80%+ moonshine to get an extra kick. After we made the strongest liquor possible outside a state of the art lab, we will either wake up with a terrible hangover or we will hunt for some sprite or sweetened cold drink to mellow it down and make alcohol palatable.
I started fermentation in 1999 with a single minded game "get drunk real fast and real cheap." However after 4-5 batches this single minded quest of making desi tharra fizzles out and art form emerges. Today, we have 4 partners at Arishtam and none of them carry any fancy titles of "Master Brewer" "Expert" "sommelier" or "cicerone" we all are "artisans" and "apprentice" in the art of fermentation. If even a handful of us are able to perfect this Indian art and wean our youth away from IMFL, then the purpose, mission and vision of Arishtam is achieved. We request you once again to brew within legal limits, don't sell and throw as many homebrew parties as possible to help you perfect your art.