Jammin’ Strawberry Shine

Jammin’ Strawberry Shine

Refresh this summer with strawberries and moonshine!

Have you made fresh strawberry jam lately? Use it for more than your morning toast and combine it with everyone’s favorite, moonshine. If you don’t have any freshly made jam, no worries, store bought jam will do just fine when making this delicious treat.

What you will need:

  • 2 large tablespoons of strawberry jam
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 shots of moonshine
  • 2 large strawberries sliced
  • Club soda to top it off

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, strawberry jam, lemon juice and moonshine.
  2. Stir with a large spoon until jam dissolves
  3. Pour into your mason jar, garnish it with strawberries and enjoy!
Dreamsicle Moonshine Recipe

Dreamsicle Moonshine Recipe

Cool off with this tasty, summer moonshine recipe!

Summer is here, which means days by the pool and cookouts are among us. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy these summer activities with a favorite ice cream choice combined with moonshine? Try this at your next pool party and it’s sure to be a hit!

What you need:

  • 750 ml of your very own moonshine
  • ½ cup of powdered french vanilla coffee creamer
  • 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 gallon of orange juice
  • Fresh Oranges for garnish.

Instructions

  1. Bring sugar, orange juice, coffee creamer and vanilla extract to a boil.
  2. Let that cool off
  3. Once cooled off, add the moonshine
  4. Bottle it up and refrigerate it for a few days
  5. Pull out your mason jar and enjoy!
Clearing the Air About Cloudy Moonshine

Clearing the Air About Cloudy Moonshine

Lose the Cloudy Moonshine

Proper moonshine is crystal clear. No matter where you’re from, where you’re going or who you’re voting for, that’s an inarguable fact upon which we can all agree. Any hint of cloudiness is indicative of a flaw somewhere in the distilling process leading to a quality level that even the most modest consumer should not have to tolerate. But there can be several possible explanations for why the finished product isn’t as clear as water. So let’s clarify:

Bring the heat – just not too much

Managing the temperature added to the still can mean the difference between clear and cloudy moonshine. If it’s too high, liquid will boil up into the still’s column and drip down into the collection vessel. This process (sometimes referred to as a still “puking”) leads to the cloudy stuff. And we know what you’re thinking so go ahead and insert your own joke about puking and moonshine here. For a quality product, however, enjoyed responsibly, back off the heat. Just don’t back off too much or your moonshine cook will last longer than a presidential campaign. Some throw out a temperature range that is most appropriate: 172 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Others watch still output closely to know whether to add or take away some heat. If liquid is pouring out of the still, back off the heat. If the still is putting out a drop at a time, turn it up.

What’s in the water?

Minerals found in some tap water can turn your shine cloudier than a Seattle skyline. The obvious work-around here is to use filtered water whenever possible. Additional tips concerning your water: make sure your moonshine and water are at the same temperature when mixing, and always pour the water into the distillate.

Keep out the yeast

When transferring the wash into the still, use an auto-siphon. This helpful device will hold separate the yeast and trub that has sunk to the bottom of the fermenter, which is good because if the yeast makes it into the still, your moonshine will fog up.

Tails of woe

Fusel oils can be another culprit of cloudy moonshine, and these guys appear when you’re not making the proper tail cuts. Keep the hearts and discard the tails or you’ll be producing moonshine that is cloudy right away, or if the fusel oils are in low enough concentration, the cloudiness will appear after your moonshine chills. Fusel oils don’t smell or taste good, so you’ll likely know it when your tail cuts aren’t up to snuff.

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10 Gift Ideas for the Dad who loves moonshine

10 Gift Ideas for the Dad who loves moonshine

Father’s Day is almost here!

 

Dad’s are pretty great, am I right? They are always there when we need them.  Make sure you get dad the greatest gift all time with this gift guide. We made a list of awesome gift ideas for the Dad that loves moonshine.

 

1. A Coozie.  

One can never have too many of these bad boys laying around.

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Get Dad one here!

 

2. A Caribbean Rum Bootleg Kit.  

Maybe if you’re lucky, dad will make you some delicious poolside cocktails all summer long if you get him this!

make your own amber caribbean rum distilling kit

Get Dad one here!

 

3. The Book, Modern Moonshine Techniques by Bill Owens.  

For the Dad who dreams of being the next Popcorn Sutton of our Time!

Modern Moonshine Techniques

Get Dad one here!

4. A 20 Gallon American Made, Copper Kettle.  

For the dad who dreams of starting his own distillery.

craft-distiller

Get Dad one here!

 

5, Or Maybe a 30 Gallon Cedar Wrapped, Copper Kettle.  

For the dad who deserves the best of the best!

cedar wrapped moonshine still

Get Dad one here!

 

6. 50 Pounds of the Copper King’s Kentucky Whiskey.

For the dad who likes to stock up on yeast.

whisky yeast copper king kentucky

Get Dad one here!

 

7. A Table Top Home Distiller.  

This is an awesome gift for the dad on the go!

SpiritMaker Home Distiller

Get Dad one here!

 

8. A grain guard.  

For the dad that wants to distil on the grain and prevent any burning.

Grain Gaurd 6R

Get Dad one here!

 

9. A Complete test set with a hydrometer, alcohol meter, and glass test jar.

For the dad that that wants to concoct the perfect batch of moonshine.

AMHTJ-2T

 

Get Dad one here!

 

10. And finally a gift certificate.

For those of you that want to let dad have a little fun shopping for his favorite hobby.

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Get Dad one here!

We are thankful for all the dads that have made us who we are today.  We hope all you awesome Dad’s out there have a wonderful Father’s Day!  Get out there and enjoy it with your family and friends!

Cheers!