fill your condenser with ice and water (a little salt wouldn't hurt either, lowers temperature - think ice cream). attach the copper tube coming from the pot to the tube from the condenser with the couplers. place something under the spout to catch your shine and go to town. it may be good to have more than one receptacle. you will see why if you continue reading. via
Do you need alcohol to make moonshine?
To make moonshine easy, we simply start with a high proof, quality base alcohol. I typically use the brands Everclear, Mohawk or Nikolai and all of these are readily available in liquor stores. The process is essentially the same for most fruit flavored moonshine recipes. via
How long does it take to make your own moonshine?
Let the mash work as long as the head, or foam, seems to be rising, but it will ferment out and go sour, so about 10 to 14 days is maximum, depending on temperature. Yeast acts more slowly at lower temps. via
Why is it illegal to make your own moonshine?
So why is moonshine still illegal? Because the liquor is worth more to the government than beer or wine. In 2005, almost $5 billion of federal excise taxes on alcohol came from legally produced spirits. Until 1978, it was illegal to home-brew liquour or beer—and the rules on wine-making were somewhat ambiguous. via
Is it legal to make moonshine for personal use?
Making moonshine also poses obvious risks of fire or explosion. Laws against moonshine may place those who wish to make their own line of commercial brandy or other spirit in a tricky situation. But federal law trumps state law, and to the feds, distilling at home for personal consumption is illegal, period. via
What percentage of alcohol is moonshine?
A column still or spiral still can achieve a vapor alcohol content of 95% ABV. Moonshine is usually distilled to 40% ABV, and seldom above 66% based on 48 samples. For example a conventional pot stills commonly produce 40% ABV, and top out between 60-80% ABV after multiple distillations. via
How do you make old school moonshine?
How much yeast do I need for 5 gallons of mash?
If there are no directions we suggest 1 tablespoon of yeast per 5 gallons of mash. via
How many heads is 5 gallons of mash?
For the instant gratification seekers in the crowd, here's the short answer: A 1 gallon run will yield 3-6 cups of alcohol. A 5 gallon run will yield 1-2 gallons of alcohol. via
What makes moonshine so strong?
When made properly, it is simply very strong alcohol with a very hard taste, or "kick," because it hasn't been aged. It is usually very potent, as high as 150 proof, which is about 75 percent alcohol. via
What happens if you get caught making moonshine?
Under 26 U.S.C. 5686, possessing liquor or property intended to be used in violation of the law is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. via
How much does a gallon of moonshine cost?
As with most spirits, the price you pay for moonshine depends on the quality, quantity, and where you get it. Street moonshine is most commonly sold in an Orgallone neighborhood. You can expect to pay 30 to 100 for a gallon. via
What states is it illegal to make moonshine?
However, distilling alcohol at home, even for personal use, is illegal under federal law. In 2010, legal moonshine stills opened in some parts of the south, including South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama. These produced legal moonshine for sale and distribution. via
Does moonshine go bad?
The sealed and packed bottles can be stored in the freezer and last for approximately two years. Once opened, even though stored in the refrigerator, they can safely last for only two months at a time. Storing moonshine in the refrigerator helps in retaining the freshness and vitality of the drink. via
How many gallons of moonshine is legal?
It is perfectly legal to own a still larger than 1 gallon so long as it is not being used to distill alcohol or it is permitted to be used for distilling fuel alcohol or spirits. via
Is moonshine the strongest alcohol?
The highest proof moonshine you can make using distillation will be 191 proof (95.5% ABV). It's worth noting that in most parts of the United States, it is illegal to distill moonshine above 160 proof (80% ABV) and it cannot be bottled at more than 125 proof (62.5% ABV). via
Can you get drunk off of moonshine?
It's easy to get drunk on moonshine quickly, since it's so strong. Try to limit yourself to 1 drink per hour if you're drinking moonshine. via
Is moonshine stronger than vodka?
Physically speaking, there is no real difference between vodka and moonshine. Both are unaged neutral spirits, usually cut with water to increase volume and produce a more drinkable product. The difference is mostly geographic. via