Moonshine still plans you need to know

Moonshine still plans you need to know include the making of a still and the basic recipes of making moonshine. To understand the technicalities of distilling moonshine, one has to understand that beer is produced by the fermentation of a grain starch and spirits/liquor is made by the extraction of water from base materials. Therefore if beer is distilled the end product is whiskey, just as brandy is produced by wine and vodka is got from a potato mash.

The main equipment you will need to produce moonshine and make a still is a stove or some heat source, a large cooking pot or vessel and cooling element like cold water or ice cubes. The principle involved is simple. The water has to boil at 100C to become vapor while alcohol will only boil at 73C. If there is both alcohol and water in a particular liquid that is heated to a specific temperature between the two respective boiling points, then the alcohol will evaporate leaving the water behind. This vapor has to be collected and condensed into the alcohol.

One of the most simplest ways to do this is to put the mash into the container and heat it over a stove. Use two containers – one smaller so that it fits into the large one, on a two inch platform from the base and seal the large container that has the smaller one that has the mash inside. Also seal a heater (aquarium heater) in the mash and switch it on so that it heats the mash. When the right temperature is reached the vapor will begin to rise and collect on the large container walls. It will condense in the cooler part and drip to the bottom of the container. As long as you don’t allow the temperature to increase the mash will continue to heat in the smaller container and alcohol will collect in the larger one. This is probably one of the cheapest, easiest and simplest ways of distilling moonshine.

Another recipe that is simple is as follows. Mix the molasses and yeast with water and let it ferment until it bubbles. You will need an old steamer with a lid, copper tubing, a large plastic bottle that has a lid, a storage jug or container, some waterproof sealant, coffee filters and charcoal. It goes without saying that it is best and wise to first check all state, local and federal laws first to make sure that you are not breaking any law by distilling alcohol at home.

Drill a hole in the steamer lid and feed an end of the tubing into the steamer. Make a large hole into the storage container to feed ice into it. Make another hole in the lid of the plastic bottle and feed the tube into it letting it emerge from the bottle side before it enters the storage jug where you plan to store your alcohol. Seal all gaps so no vapor escapes from any hole. Fill the steamer with your ingredients and fill the bottle with ice cubes. While the mixture heats, vapor will escape out of the lid into the tubing where it will pass through the bottle, get cooled by the ice cubes, condense and drain as alcohol into the storage jug.

All you need to make whiskey at home

Make whiskey at home and you will find yourself making it over and over again because it is convenient, easy and more importantly – cheap! Making whiskey is becoming very popular and most amateurs like to make their own by following the simple instructions. The first thing you should do is make sure that you have the right ingredients and equipment at home.

Ingredients needed to make your first batch are as follows. 7 pounds of rye, 2 pounds of barley, a pound of malt, 3 grams of yeast, 6 gallons of good water, a food mill or processor, a container for the fermentation process that has to be airtight, a still that can either be bought at the store or made at home with the help of a steam kettle, a pressure cooker or rice cooker with a steam valve, a cooking thermometer to monitor the temperatures, plastic hose or tubing, a big meal cooking pot, a pillow case for straining and of course some glass bottles or whiskey bottles.

The first thing you would have to do is to crush the barley and rye into a powder that is coarse. You can do this with the help of the food processor or the food mill. If you want to do this crushing by hand then make sure that you use a clean stone or brick to do it. Next you would have to pour in the 6 gallons of bottled water into the large metal cooking pot and place it on the stove for heating it to a temperature of around 70F. The cooking thermometer can be suspended in the pot to enable you to monitor the temperature.

The next step is to put the crushed mixture of malt and grains into this water and stir the mixture continuously while raising the temperature to around 160F. The stirring of this mixture has to be done for 3 hours while making sure that the temperature is constantly maintained at the said degree. This makes the starch into sugar. After the required time, the container can be taken off the heat so that the mash cools to 70 degrees F. At this juncture, the yeast should be added and stirred thoroughly so that it combines with the mixture.

Fermentation is the next step. The mixture should be poured into the container that is airtight so that fermentation starts. Make very sure that the container is well sealed. This process should take around a week or so. After the week, you can pour out the fermented liquid through the pillowcase so that if there are any solids they are filtered out.

Distillation is next. Either you buy a still from the supplier or make your own at home. All you need to do is take the rice or pressure cooker that has a steam valve or a steam kettle and place a hose or plastic bag over the valve. The liquid will have to be heated so that the steam or vapors will escape through the steam valve into the hose or plastic bag. These vapors will condense and cool and the whiskey will be produced and drained into the bottles. Let the whiskey age for several weeks in order to get a good flavor.