Moonshine Recipes For Run In The Sun

Moonshine Recipes For Run In The Sun

Mojito – Mixing Instructions:

  • Muddle 3-4 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass.
  • Juice your limes,  or substitute with a 1/4 a cup of lime juice.
  • Mix in agave or syrup, with alcohol.
  • Pour over ice and enjoy!

Bahama Mama – Mixing Instructions:

  • Bring coconut water, pineapple juice, and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Let it cool.
  • Mix with alcohol and let sit for a few days before drinking for maximum flavors.

Salty Apple – Mixing Instructions:

  • Mix with grapefruit juice and salt with apple pie moonshine.
  • Let it cool.
  • Mix it with alcohol and serve over ice!
  • Enjoy!

Lemon Drop – Mixing Instructions:

  • Bring sugar, water, and lemon juice to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Let it cool.
  • Mix it with alcohol
  • Let it sit for a few days before drinking for the best flavor.

Strawberry Moonshine – Mixing Instructions:

  • Mash and strain the berries to a pulp. (Overripe berries work best!)
  • Simmer berries, sugar, and water in a saucepan.
  • Let it cool.
  • Mix with moonshine, and let it sit for a few days before drinking for the flavors to intensify!

Peach Cobbler – Mixing Instructions:

  • Cut and peel peaches.
  • For a stronger flavor let peaches ripen and mash them.
  • Bring peaches, brown sugar, and water to a boil.
  • Let it cool.
  • Mix with moonshine and let it sit for a few days before drinking for the flavors to intensify!
How To Make Moonshine: Fall Edition

How To Make Moonshine: Fall Edition

Pumpkin Pie Moonshine:

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 can (29 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 2½ cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups 190 proof grain alcohol
  • 2 cups whipped cream vodka

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Evenly distribute moonshine into clean mason jars with a ½ inch of space under the brim
  4. Place lids on jars and allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 month before enjoying.
  5. Please enjoy responsibly.

Pineapple Coconut Moonshine:

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml of Moonshine (or Everclear)
  • 1 qt of pineapple juice
  • 16 oz can of coconut water
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 tbl of brown sugar
  • two 1 qt mason jars

Instructions:

  1. Put pineapple juice, coconut water, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a pan bring to a boil.
  2. Take it off the element once it boils and let it cool.
  3. Split the bottle of moonshine (or Everclear) into the two mason jars and add the juice from the pan as well as a cinnamon stick to each jar.
  4. Wait at least a couple weeks for the flavors to blend, then enjoy!

 

Caramel Apple Moonshine:

Ingredients

  • 2 qts apple juice
  • 2 qts apple cider
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 10 caramel candies (unwrapped)
  • 500 ml Junior Johnson Moonshine
  • 250 ml Caramel Vodka

Instructions

  1. Combine the apple juice, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, light brown sugar, white sugar and caramel candies in a large pot.
  2. Bring up to a gentle boil, then reduce to simmer and cover. Simmer for at least 1 hour, longer is okay.
  3. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain out the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  5. Add in the moonshine and caramel vodka, stir to combine.
  6. Bottle it up in some mason jars and either chill in the refrigerator or store in a cool place.
  7. Enjoy!!!
Coconut Sunrise Moonshine Recipe

Coconut Sunrise Moonshine Recipe

Sweet summertime calls for a sweet treat like this Coconut Moonshine Recipe!

Looking for a nice, sweet summertime treat? Try this sweet coconut sunrise recipe while relaxing by the pool this summer. We get a lot of people that ask us how to make moonshine and for recipes.  We found a really good coconut moonshine recipe that we wanted to share with you. It’s perfect for those days when you are just relaxing outside or hanging out with a few friends.

What you will need:

  • 3 liters of a coconut flavored moonshine
  • 1 jigger of grenadine
  • 5 cups of orange juice
  • shredded coconut
  • maraschino cherries

Instructions:

  1. Combine the moonshine, grenadine and orange juice. Shake until well mixed
  2. Pour into your favorite mason jar filled with ice
  3. Garnish with coconut and maraschino cherries
  4. Head out to the pool and enjoy!

Let us know what you think of this nice coconut moonshine recipe!  We hope you all are having a great summer!

Cheers!

 

What is Moonshine Made of?

In many ways, moonshine is similar to all other types of alcohol you can buy at any liquor store; the distillation process can only happen in so many ways so the difference really come down to the type of mash and flavoring you intend to use. However, there are a few...

So You Want to be a Home Distiller

So You Want to be a Home Distiller

The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when they hear home distiller or home distillery is a picture of that prohibition era man in his overalls distilling in the woods. This is not the case! Home Distilling is becoming more popular by the day.  So what should you do if you want to begin distilling?

1. Check the Law Book

First and foremost, you need to be up to date on the laws in your state and country.  Every state is different and requires a different set of forms and permits to get your distillery up and running.  We in no way condone the illegal distillation of alcohol at home, but information is not illegal!  You may want to use your home distillery for fuel, essential oils or even water!

2. Be Safehome distilling or the at home distiller

Let’s assume you have checked out all of the laws, filled out all of the forms, and obtained all of the permits.  Now you need to be sure you are being safe.  Distilling can be dangerous if you aren’t smart about it. The first step you should take is to buy a high quality still for your home distillery.

  • Don’t distill in a closed room.
  • Don’t use a leaky still
  • Keep a tidy workspace
  • Always have a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Don’t drink on the job – you can partake of your product other times, not while you’re distilling.
  • Don’t smoke around the still.  Seriously don’t. Just don’t.

 3. Have Fun!

Home distilling is really fun! It really isn’t as crazy or dangerous as it has been made out to be.  Many of the urban myths you hear are just that, myths brought about by the prohibition era bootleggers.  The whole idea that it will make you go blind is a myth from when bootleggers would cut their shine with methanol to save on the bottom line. So, don’t listen to those naysayers and have fun!

If you want to learn more about home distilling head over to stilltalk.com, our online forum for all  distilling enthusiasts!

The Process of Alcohol Distillation

The Process of Alcohol Distillation

Once your mash and fermentation processes are complete, there’s just one more process before your Fractional distillation is needed to separate the ethanol (alcohol) from the water in the fermented mash, and this is accomplished by using specific levels of heat. When done right, this process will create a spirit that’s high in alcohol content and has a pure, clean kick to it.
magnificent moonshine is ready to ingest.

This type of distillation has been used for hundreds of years to make moonshine, which in turn can be aged in different ways to make many hard liquors.

Fractional distillationThe Steps to Alcohol Distillation

Here’s how you go from having malt, sugar, and water to making moonshine right at home.

Step 1. Make your mash and ferment it.
We’ve covered this in a previous post, so let’s move on to the next step.

Step 2. Heat the wash in the pot.
The wash from the fermenter is pumped into the pot portion of the still so that the mixture can be heated. Steam is pumped into sleeve around the pot still to slowly heat the wash up to 173° F to separate the ethanol from the water.

Step 3. The ethanol vapor goes through the distillation column.
After being heated, the ethanol/water vapor moves up to a cool copper distillation column. As the vapor condenses, some of it will fall back in the pot while the vapor with the highest alcohol content will continue on all the way to the top of the column.

Step 4. The vapor turns to liquid in the condenser.
After passing through the lyne arm, the vapor enters the condenser. It’s a chamber that has a pipe that the vapor funnels into, which is surrounded by a pipe with cool water. This cools the vapor, which is condensed into liquid ethanol.

Step 5. Collect the moonshine mixture.
The liquid ethanol drips from the condenser into a collection vessel positioned to catch it. It’s important to note that what comes out of the condenser has some variation.

  • The first little bit, called the foreshots, contains a high level of harsh chemicals like acetone.
  • The ethanol liquid that comes next, the hearts, is the high-content alcohol that’s used to make the base of moonshine and hard liquor.
  • The last bit is a lower-content alcohol called the tails.

Step 6. Mix up the moonshine.
Many moonshiners will mix a very small amount of the foreshots with the hearts to make their white lightening. This will give it just the right amount of kick without being too abrasive.

Now it’s time for the best step of all – enjoying your moonshine! If you prefer a little something different, you can age the mixture in barrels to create whiskey or bourbon. You can also make gin by putting a botanical mixture in the pot and redistilling the moonshine.

Moonshine Mashing and Fermentation

Moonshine Mashing and Fermentation

Making Moonshine in its simplest form, involves making the mash, fermentation and distillation. In this post, we will be mainly discussing mashing and fermentation. We will be covering distillation in a different post in the future.

Moonshine Mashing and Fermentation

Mashing

A moonshine mash is made using malted grains such as a region’s traditional wheat, corn, barley or rye. A malt is created by letting the grains germinate, and once it has, drying it in a kiln.  Roasting is sometimes a part of the mashing and fermentation process, and each step helps create enzymes such as alfa-amylase and meta-amylase to distill starch into sugar within the grain. Depending on the amount of roasting, malt takes on a dark color, and it often influences both color and flavor of moonshine. With alcohol, different materials used have similar effects, determined by the color of the mashed contents.

Malt is then crushed within a malt mill, and this breaks up grain kernels, increases their total surface area and separated into smaller pieces from surrounding husks. Then, the resulting grist is mixed with heated water within a vat labelled a “mash tun”. The process is appropriately labelled “mashing”. Within the process, the malt’s natural enzymes break down a portion of the starch into sugars, and these sugars play important roles within the fermentation process.

Mashing, itself, normally takes between one and two hours, and different temperature rest periods activate various enzymes within differently produced malts, modification levels and the brewer’s desires. These enzymes convert grain starches to dextrines, and they become fermentable sugars, like maltose.

Fermentation

Once the mashing is completed, the mash is directed to a lauter tun. Within the lauter tun, the liquid is strained from grains in a process called “lautering”. The lauter tun normally contains a “false bottom” slot or a collection of manifolds utilized to strain and separate liquid and grain from one another. The resulting liquid is called “wort which is a clear brown liquid.  Then, it is boiled so that the temperature is between 25 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius. Ensure that the pH of the mash is between 4 and 4.5 before adding the yeast. This boiling process normally serves to as the step for adding the yeast to begin the fermentation process. This is when the sugars produced in the previous step are combined with yeast to product alcohol (or moonshine). In a previous blog, we have discussed the importance of yeast in detail.

During the fermentation process, it is suggested to seal the fermenter tightly and then to pour boiling water into the airlock. The fermenter should be placed in a cool dark place to avoid any changes in temperature. The whole process can take anywhere between 5 and 10 days depending on the type of yeast. Avoid opening the lid of the fermenter and instead use a hydrometer to track the progress of fermentation.

The best way to know when the fermentation process is complete is to measure the specific gravity of mash before and after fermentation using a hydrometer. Usually the pre-fermentation specific gravity of mash will be higher than 1 because of the sugar in the mash. And as the fermentation process occurs, the specific gravity will start dropping. When the gravity remain the same and stop dropping over a period of time, you know that the fermentation process is complete.