Complete Guide

how to make moonshine

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All our stills are made in house with 20 oz 22 gauge 99.9% pure lead free copper. We can produce these stills multiple at a time to keep cost of production down. All while keeping up with the best made stills on the market. 

Compare this to many home made or shoddy distilling companies that use roofing copper sheets which is much thinner and far less resilient than our thick, sturdy stills.

What do I need to get started? 

It all comes down to how much you plan on producing. If you're looking for more of a hobby, the 2 or 6 gallon stills should do you just fine. If you are in the business to produce, 10 gallons all the way up to 30 gallons will be your move.(Please contact us for larger custom orders, we have made stills up to 100 gallons for certain clientele).

Now, the basics of moonshine starts with the mash. The mash can be just about anything that has some form of sugar being broken down by yeast. (Some people have gotten away with tree bark!). But more commonly are grains like wheat and corn.With this process, 3 certain by products are produced when the yeast eat the sugar. CO2 (carbon dioxide), CH3OH (methanol), and last but not least C2H5OH (ethanol, or drinking alcohol).

CO2 is released as a gas that in high concentrations is poisonous and isn't seen or smelled (hence why you should always still outside, or in a very well ventilated area). Methanol, you've probably heard about as well, is also poisonous at high levels and this is where the wild rumors of moonshine either killing people or turning them blind started. We will go into more of that in later posts about the process of moonshine. Lastly is the good stuff, ethanol, more commonly just referred to as alcohol, but in high concentrations is referred to as moonshine. For some more reading check out  Moonshine - Wikipedia.

 

The stronger your mash (i.e. more alcohol) the more moonshine you will get. But lets say your mash is closer to the weak side, like wine at around 11%. Side by side lets compare a stronger mash at around 30% alcoholic content.

11% multiplied by 6 gallons comes out to .6 gallons of shine. See table below for a full estimate of what to expect.

Still Size Weak Mash Output Strong Mash Output
2 Gallon .22 gallons .6 gallons
6 Gallon 0.6 gallons 1.8 gallons
10 Gallon 1.1 gallons 3 gallons
15 Gallon 1.65 gallons 4.5 gallons
20 Gallon 2.2 gallons 6 gallons
25 Gallon 2.75 gallons 7.5 gallons
30 Gallon 3.3 gallons 9 gallons

 

Keep in mind, these figures vary depending on the recipe, ingredients, even the temperature of where the mash was fermenting.

For reference, most moonshine containers are the 32 ounce mason jars. There are 128 ounces in a gallon so 1 gallon of liquor output will fill you up 4 big bottles of shine.

Again, all depends on what you're stilling for, for me I know even 1 jar was quite enough for me and 2 other buds to get drunker than skunks. (A story for another time).

Plus check out Hayden Panettiere serving it up 

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- Spencer