Recipes For Home Distilling
How to Make Moonshine
Making moonshine is an art that has roots stretching thousands of years into our past. Getting hands on with this process is a way to experience history first-hand. The overall process is relatively simple on its face. However, as with so many things, once you begin the process of trial and error you will learn the nuances that can make is quite challenging. Starting off the process with the right moonshine ingredients will make all the difference in the spirits that you’ll be able to create. A quick and simple overview of the process of making moonshine is as follows:
- Gather Your Materials and Moonshine Ingredients
- Mix Your Chosen Type of Mash
- Ferment Your Mash
- Prepare Your Still
- Transfer Fermented Mash to Your Still
- Run Your Still
- Separate Foreshots, Heads, Hearts, and Tails
- Clean Your Still
For a more detailed guide on making moonshine, use the link below to see our how-to article. Alternatively, check out our article on how to make vodka.
We have collected recipes ranging from rum mash recipes, rum distilling recipes, rum moonshine recipes, corn whiskey recipes, and rum mash recipes for anybody interested in learning the fun hobby of home distilling. We sell everything from stills to distillers yeast for making the best homemade moonshine. We also sell books to learn the fun hobby of home distilling and over 600 products. With over 14 years experience building and selling distilling supplies I’m sure you will find everything needed for home distilling on our web site. Since the start of Mile Hi Distilling back in 2003 we always offered free moonshine recipes to learn this fun hobby. One of the best distiller we sell is the duel purpose 8 gallon, it can be used for both pot or reflux distilling. The Grainfather Brewing System is another excellent unit we carry if you’re looking for more convenience. The dual purpose still can be used with any moonshine recipe on the internet or the books we sell have great moonshine recipes.
Books With Moonshine Recipes
We sell about 17 different books for home distilling with moonshine and whiskey recipes. Mile Hi Distilling as the largest and the best selection of distilling books on the internet. We have books that cover about every aspect of distilling from recipes to building your own still.
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Whiskey & Moonshine Recipes
Check out our instructions on rum mash recipes, rum distilling recipes, rum moonshine recipes, corn whiskey recipes, and rum mash recipes.
In making “Mountain Dew” or “White Lightning’” the first step is to convert the starch of the grain into sugar. (Commercial distillers use malt.) This is done by “sprouting” the corn. Shelled, whole corn is covered with warm water in a container with a hole in the bottom. Place a hot cloth over it. Add warm water from time to time as it drains. Keep in a warm place for about 3 days or until corn has 2 inch sprouts. Dry it and grind it into meal. Make mush (or mash) with boiling water. Add rye mash that has been made the same way, if you have it. Yeast (1/2 pound per 50 gallons of mash) may be added to speed up the fermentation if you have it. Without it, 10 or more days will be required instead of about 4. In either case, it must be kept warm. When the mash gets through “working” or bubbling up and settles down, it is then ready to run. At this stage, the mash has been converted into carbonic acid and alcohol. It is called “wash” or beer and it is sour.
- 8 Gallon fermenter with lid and airlock
- sweet feed (Sweet feed has several different grains and molasses making it a great tasting whiskey.)
- One package of Whisky Yeast
- 6 pounds sugar
6.5 Gallon Recipe Put enough feed to cover bottom of 8 gallon fermenter bucket, a good 5 inches deep.
Add 6 pounds of sugar. Fill 1/2 fermenter full with boiling water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Mix the rest and finish filling with warm water until you get to 6.5 gallons of mash or 3″ of head space in fermenter.
Add the yeast after it has cooled to the recommended temperature of 75F to 80F. Cover with lid and use airlock.
5-6 days later it’s ready to distill. This recipe is an old one that works well. Run it at 150-160 proof.
Filter the mash before distilling to remove solids and sediment or it will stick to the bottom or to the heating elements and burn giving off flavors. Suggest to run it through a plated or reflux still once or if using a pot run it through the still twice. One stripping run then a spirit run with a pot still. If using a pot still you will want to ferment enough volume to yield enough to run a stripping run. Estimated 4 fermenters with this sweet feed recipe then stripping run to yield around 3-4 gallons of low wines then dilute down with water to 50% before running spirit run. age on some oak for a few months to really bring in the character.
I thought you might like this moonshine recipe to enable you to Make Whiskey at home.The ingredients are malt, sugar, yeast and rain water. You can buy the malt from most big supermarkets, if they don’t have it they will probably order it for you. The brand names for the malt and yeast can be Blue Ribbon, and Red Top. The malt is a liquid and comes in a can, the yeast comes in cakes. To every can of malt you will add 5 gallons of warm water, disolve 5 pounds of sugar and add 1 cake of yeast. Mix all this together in a barrel made of plastic, stainless steel, or copper, under no circumstances use aluminum. Keep it covered with cheese cloth to keep the bugs out. Keep it in a warm place till it ferments. Then you can cook it off in your still and you have the smoothest whiskey you have ever tasted. After you run off the whiskey, it is clear like water. You can color it by taking a piece of dry fruit wood (or maple), burn the fruit wood over a flame till it is blackened, then drop the burned fruitwood in your clear whiskey. In a few days the whiskey will be the color of store bought whiskey.
- 5 gallon bucket of sweet feed (Sweet feed has several different grains and molasses making it a great tasting whiskey.)
- One package of yeast (using distillers yeast will increase quality and quantity)
- 5 pounds sugar
Put enough feed to cover bottom of 5 gallon bucket, a good 4 inches deep.
Add 5 pounds of sugar. Fill 1/2 full with boiling water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Mix the rest and finish filling with warm water.
Add the yeast after it has cooled to the recommended temperature on the yeast label. Cover with lid–our lid has a little cap that screws on, leave it loose to breathe.
4-5 days later it’s ready to run! This is an old-timer recipe and works quite well. My liquor is always 150-180 proof.
It is not recommended for pot stills unless you filter it by pouring it through a pillow case into a 5 gallon bucket after it has finished fermenting.
Otherwise the meal will settle and burn in the bottom of your still. Some folks leave the solids in the pillow case and tie it off where it will not touch the bottom of the still. When you, Make Whiskey at home you can produce a drink of exceptional quality, and the process can be exceptionally rewarding.
Now that you’ve created a great spirit, check out these great rum cocktail recipes and enjoy!
Rye Whiskey by law is made from a mash that has at least 51% rye. The other ingredients that are usually found in a rye whiskey recipe are malted barley, wheat and corn. Although the law requires a rye whiskey recipe to have at least 51% rye most traditional rye whiskey recipes have more like 80% rye to give rye whiskey that spicy or fruity flavor to the whiskey.
Rye Whiskey Recipe for 6.5 gallon batch
- 7 Lbs. Flaked Rye
- 2 Lbs. Malted Barley (Distiller’s Malt)
- 1 Lbs. Rye Malt
- 6 gallons of water
- 1 packet of Tubo Whiskey Yeast
Heat water to 70 degrees and then mix in malt barley, malted rye and flaked rye. While stirring the mixture slowly heat to 160 degrees (raise temperature 5-10 degrees every 2-4 minutes).
Keep mixture at 160 degrees stirring constantly for 1.5-2 hours to convert starch into fermentable sugar and dextrin.
Filter off liquid and place into fermentation device and allow to cool to 70- 80 degrees. Immediately pitch one packet of whiskey yeast.
Stir liquid for 1 minute then cover and seal with a airlock.
Mash will take 5-7 days to ferment.
After fermentation is complete pour into the still, filtering it through a pillow case or strainer and cheesecloth to remove all solids.
Distill rye whiskey at no more then 160 proof. Distilleries will usually do a stripping run then spirit run to produce a quality rye whiskey. After distillation rye whiskey distilleries will proof down to 125 proof and put in a new whiskey barrels for two years. Alternative to whiskey barrels can be oak chips and or oak spirals for the hobbyist.
- 10 lbs. Whole kernel corn, untreated
- 5 Gallons Water
- 1 whiskey pure
Put corn in a burlap bag and wet with warm water. Place bag in a warm dark
place and keep moist for about ten days. When the sprouts are about a 1/4″ long the corn is ready for the next step.
Wash the corn in a tub of water, rubbing the sprouts and roots off. Throw the sprouts and roots away and transfer the corn into your primary fermenter With a pole or another hard object mash the corn, make sure all kernels are cracked.
Add 5 gallons of boiling water and when the mash cools add yeast. Seal fermenter and vent with a water sealed vent.
Fermentation will take 7-10 days. When fermentation is done, pour into the still filtering through a pillow case to remove all solids.
Peach moonshine recipes that are simple and user friendly. A good peach moonshine recipe starts with quality peaches. Use peaches from your local farmers market or fruit stand. Support your local farmers and the fruits of their labor. We have listed a couple ways to make simple peach moonshine recipes.
peach moonshine recipe using peaches, sugar and water
20lbs of peaches ( remove pits )
6 lbs of granulated sugar or even better use cane sugar or raw sugar
6 gallons of water
2 packets of champagne yeast 10 grams or 1 packet of Pot Still Turbo with Pectic Enzyme
Remove pits and mash up the peaches in a 10 gallon stock pot then add 6 gallons of water. Put over heat until temperature comes up to 150F then add sugar. Keep stirring so solids don’t stick and burn to the bottom. After sugar is completely dissolved turn the heat off and let the mixture cool to 80F then put in fermenter and add yeast. Use an air lock on fermenter and ferment 5 days. Estimated ABV should be 12%-15%. Strain and distill through a pot still. Keep a quart of your sugar peach mixture in the fridge to flavor back after distillation. Throw in a cinnamon stick for the peach cobbler taste. Have fun and mix it up to make your own signature peach moonshine recipe.
Making a peach moonshine with sugar shine. Peach Cobbler Moonshine
sugar wash recipe;
5.5 gallons of water
18 lbs of granulated sugar
1 packet of Mile Hi Distilling 48 Hour Turbo Yeast
This fermentation will have an estimated alcohol by volume of 18%-20%
put 5.5 gallons of 110F water into your fermenter and add 18 lbs of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let temperature of sugar water come down to 80F then add one packet of 48 Hour Turbo Yeast. Let ferment for 5 days then distill through a reflux still to make high percentage neutral spirit. Blend peach juice, peaches, spices, sugar and vodka or neutral spirit to flavor.
It is legal to own a moonshine still or alcohol still, but illegal to produce and sell alcohol without a proper license.