Making moonshine at home can be easy if you know the ropes. You can easily brew your own concoction with unique flavor if you have the time and inclination. Making moonshine is actually an art and you will have to practice a few times before you can come up with a great batch of alcohol that is good enough to drink and sell. Right from the beginning, many people have tried to brew moonshine at home and have used different methods and ingredients to get their own perfect brand of moonshine.
Making moonshine at home is not legal in most states and that is the reason why most moonshiners and bootleggers have been using “code words” to refer to the art of moonshine. Someone who sold illegal moonshine is called a bootlegger and the one who makes the illegal moonshine is called the moonshiner. Other words for moonshine are skull cracker, city gin, white lightening, pop skull, panther’s breath, alley bourbon, happy sally, ruckus juice, blue john, corn liquor, mule kick, sugar whiskey and tiger’s sweat etc. Most moonshines are secretive about their activities because they do not want the law to know about them.
The basic ingredients used for making moonshine are corn meal, yeast, sugar, water and malt. These are usually mixed in a huge bin or container. This is called mash which is then moved into a fermentation still. How long the fermentation takes will depend on how hot or warm the mash is. The mixture should be heated till it is around 173 degrees. This is when a dark clear liquid is produced. Be careful about how you go about the process once this happens.
You have to trap the vapor by using a tube or coil and transfer this vapor into a second container. When this vapor condenses, you get moonshine that is ready for drinking or selling. The mash that is left behind in the first container can be used over and over again in order to produce more moonshine once the sugar, water, cornmeal and malt are added to it. You will have to change the mash after using it about eight times. .
Making moonshine at home can be easy if you follow these steps. You will need a steamer or a crock pot, a copper tube (5 feet), a plastic milk bottle (large) that has a lid, a container to store the moonshine, some sealant for water proofing, coffee filters, carpentry tools and charcoal. You can follow a good moonshine recipe and soon you can be on your way!
Make a hole in the lid of the crock pot and put one end of the copper tube into it. Drill a hole into the lid of the plastic milk bottle and make a hole big enough to allow you to feed ice into the container. Feed the other end of the copper tube into the milk bottle and out from its side around an inch or two from the bottom. Let the tube end go into the container. Make sure all gaps where the tubing enters and leaves the lids etc are sealed well with a waterproof sealant. Make sure the pot is filled with the ingredients and fill ice in around 2/3rds of the bottle. Cook the mash at around 175 to 200 degrees F.
Making moonshine at home can thus be easy if you monitor the whole distilling process and add ice cubes so that the plastic bottle does not melt. Sample the moonshine from time to time.