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How Does a Moonshine Still Work?

The art of moonshine is a centuries-old tradition with its roots in the mid to late nineteenth century. Although there are countless different techniques and ingredients used to make it, almost all of them are done with a stationary device. As the name suggests, “solid” is used to distill alcohol vapor from a solution or mixture of ingredients. Read on for an in-depth look at how moonshine shots are made.

Puree vs Liquid ingredients

Moonshine can be made from a variety of ingredients. Some people choose to mix corn, barley and sugar into a thick mixture, while others use a basic liquid mixture consisting of sugar, water and yeast. Both methods are perfect for making rich, delicious moonshine. However, it is important to note that the ingredients used will have a direct effect on the taste. The cornstarch in Honey Moonshine will have a distinct flavor that softens the high alcohol content.

Distillation Process

Whether moonshine is made from mash or liquid, the distillation process is the same. The solution is heated to a suitable temperature (this will vary depending on your ingredients), at which point the alcohol vapor evaporates and travels through a copper tube to a separate chamber where it is mixed with cold water. From here, the alcohol vapor evaporates through a separate copper tube back into the heated box, where it slowly drips. It is important to note that the first two spoons of distilled moonshine should be discarded. Elemental alcohol vapors often contain high levels of toxic methanol, which can end up on your tongue. Dissolving the first 4-5 tablespoons of distilled moonshine will protect your product from methanol. 

The distillation process is by no means quick, so don’t expect to make a pitcher of corn glint in just a few hours. It is a difficult process that requires patience and dedication. However, all your hard work will finally pay off when you can finally relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. In addition, reflux and blending stills provide a higher degree of wine purity because they are able to re-condense the moonshine several times. People who are serious about moonshine always recondense the liquid a few times. This is done to get a clear consistency that is stronger than just once condensed moonshine.

Moonshine is often thought of as a large piece of copper roughly assembled, sealed with a paste of rye flour and heated directly over a wood fire, but this ancient moonshine was more necessary than convenient. The old people did not want anyone to collect such a large number of still photographs of them, leaving a paper trail of their intentions and possible deeds to others. Making the fixture yourself will also save money. They were usually not makers or designers by trade and therefore lacked quality and craftsmanship. Of course, there were still builders who made chandeliers, but they were often well paid with little money to set up or spend.

What are the Most Important Properties and Characteristics of Moonshine?


Even in small amounts, touching the spirit will purify the sulfur dioxide in the spirit. If you still have stainless steel, there are ways to do this. See some static examples below.

Fixed pot design

You don’t want to spill all the flavor like the back column style. If you have a pillar, you will want to open it up or remove the panels.


With boiler heat source or chilled water condenser. Without it, it will throw up and it will be difficult to make a proper cut.

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