How To Make Moonshine

How To Make MoonshineWhen you want to know how to make moonshine, you must know that this requires the processes of fermentation and distillation. A chemical reaction that is called fermentation occurs when the yeast in the mix breaks down the sugar. The alcohol that is formed, is then distilled at temperatures that are below the boiling point of water, and the steam that forms is collected and the alcohol allowed to condense back into its liquid form.

A Step by Step Explanation

Moonshiners grind the corn being used as a base, into meal. However, to keep attention away from this illegal activity, some of them may prefer to buy commercial hog feed, as this purchase attracts no attention. The meal or feed gets a thorough soaking in the still.Sugar can be added or at times used in place of grain. The fermentation process is then started with the addition of yeast.  The resultant mixture is called the mash and this requires to be stirred properly, and heated for the required time in the still. Copper is used for the still and any piping, as not only is copper a good conductor of heat, but also will never leech into the manufactured alcohol.

The required temperature that must be achieved in this stone furnace is 78 degrees Centigrade or 172 degrees Fahrenheit. The fuel used by modern day moonshiners is propane, though their forefathers were quite adept at using coal, wood or even steam to achieve these temperatures.

The high temperatures cause the alcohol to evaporate, and as pressure builds up the steam containing this moonshine alcohol is forced out through the cap arm, that is installed at the top of the still.

Some moonshiners prefer to use a heated barrel to collect the steam that is forced out. This barrel is called a thump keg. During this process of steam emanating from the still, some solid matter also does come out, and cause a sound or thump when it drops in, and this has led to the barrel being given that name.This mash has to be filtered out, while the alcohol is again made to evaporate. To increase the potency of the alcohol, some moonshiners add mash that has not been distilled or even some gallons of alcohol, and the resulting steam from this thump keg will have extra alcohol before it makes its way to the worm box.

A coiled length of pipe is what is part of the worm box, that then collects the steam from the thump keg or still. This worm box is generally a barrel or crate that is kept immersed in a creek or has water flowing in and out constantly from it. This colder water helps the alcohol to condense into a liquid, and a spout or tap is the end of the worm pipe, and may again be filtered.

This final product is the moonshine that then  gets bottled and sold or consumed. You may also choose to age your moonshine in our Red Head Oak Barrels.