3 inch Copper Pot Still and Hillbilly Flute for Moonshine

3 inch Copper Pot Still and Hillbilly Flute for Moonshine

Moonshine stills have evolved a long way from the days of bootleggers. Modern stills use high-quality, refined materials crafted by experts to make sure you produce a perfect batch every time. Every moonshine still, from a simple DIY setup to industrial distilling equipment, primarily consists of three parts:

  1. A mash pot to make the mash through fermentation and heat the liquid
  2. A distilling column to help the collect the alcohol vapor and condense it
  3. A condenser to cool down the alcohol vapors.

Using the right distilling column for your still setup is critical to producing the highest quality booze. At Hillbilly Stills, we have a variety of moonshine pot stills made from high-quality copper that are great for any distilling setup. Today, we are going to discuss two distilling columns and their different applications so you can pick the one that suits your needs the best- the 3 inch Simple Pot Still and the Hillbilly Flute Column.

Before we get started, one should know the difference between a pot still and a reflux column. A pot still is a simple distillation device which gives about 40-60% purity alcohol by collecting and condensing the alcohol vapor from the boiler. To get a higher alcohol percentage, the alcohol vapors should be distilled again through the pot still. A reflux column combines these steps into a single-step process through some packing in the column. 

3 inch Copper Simple Pot Still

The 3 inch simple pot still is a distillation column that is 3 inches wide by 12 inches long. It is made of high quality copper and has a stainless steel base for a perfect fit. It can easily fasten to an 8-gallon milk can boiler or 13-gallon milk can boiler.  It also comes with a 2-inch Leibeg condenser to cool down the alcohol vapors that was collected. You can get one with a thermoport so that you can fit your thermometer to monitor the temperature. Designed with simplicity in mind, this copper pot still is great for beginners.

Hillbilly Flute for moonshine

The Hillbilly Flute is one of our advanced designs aimed at experienced moonshiners. We modified and scaled down a popular commercial design so everyone can use it. The Hillbilly flute is a 4-inch copper column with four perforated plates – allowing you to see all the action – a13-inch shotgun dephlegmator with complete plumbing and built-in parrot’s beak. Handmade from high quality copper, it can produce about one gallon of 90% purity alcohol in an hour. Depending on the size of your milk can boiler, the hillbilly flute can be customized to fit it perfectly.  You will definitely appreciate the craftsmanship that went into building this distillation column. We also sell a demo video for the Hillbilly Flute so that you can use it to its maximum potential.

Hillbilly Stills Corn Likker Turbo Yeast for Moonshine Mash

Hillbilly Stills Corn Likker Turbo Yeast for Moonshine Mash

Making moonshine can be easily classified into 2 main steps: fermentation and distillation.  Fermentation is the process where yeast breaks down the sugar and a chemical reaction occurs, producing alcohol as a byproduct. The alcohol is then distilled by evaporating it and then condensing the steam to get more concentrated alcohol without the water.

Depending on the type of yeast, the percentage of alcohol produced varies from 4% to 20% to pure ethanol. Yeasts are naturally available everywhere and have their own distinct flavor for fermentation. Most yeasts produce 14% alcohol but there are some yeasts which can easily ferment up to 20%; so it is important to know the type of yeast being used in the fermentation. It is generally advisable to use commercially produced yeast to ensure the percentage of alcohol being produced.

The Hillbilly Corn Likker Turbo Yeast is one of our highest quality yeasts, perfect for making moonshine. The yeast will ferment 8lbs of sugar in a 6.5 gallon wash in 8 to10 days. It includes enzymes and PH buffer and makes up to 13% alcohol. For best results with this yeast, our grain of choice is corn. This yeast is great for producing a Tennessee-style mash.

Hillbilly Stills Corn Likker Turbo Yeast for Moonshine

The following recipe is suggested for this yeast:

  • In a plastic fermenter, place 4 lbs. Carolina white corn meal
  • To soften the corn, pour 3 gallons of boiling water
  • Add 1 lb of malted barley, rye flakes or malt extract.
  • Let it cool down to the temperature of 104 F
  • Add 8 lbs. of table sugar. Mix well until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Top up the fermenter to 6.5 gallons of cool water.
  • Add the yeast and stir for 1 minute.
  • Leave to ferment between 74and 95 F until fermentation ceases in about 8-10 Days. 
  • Stir mash twice a day.
  • For best results, allow mash to settle and clear with Hillbilly Stills Super-Kleer before distilling.
  • Do not airlock the fermenter otherwise fermentation my stop.