The steam travels into the worm, a coiled length of pipe that winds down the inside of the worm box.
The worm box is a crate or barrel that has cold water, usually diverted from a nearby creek, flowing into the top and then back out the bottom.
Why is moonshine illegal?
Moonshine is any illegally made distilled alcohol. Classically it is corn liquor distilled from fermented corn and / or sugar. Distilling alcohol without state and federal permits is illegal in every single state in the US. Making moonshine is illegal because the government wishes to collect tax revenue.
Is it legal to make moonshine?
Federal Distillation Laws. Federal law states that it is legal to own a still of any size. However, be advised it is illegal to distill alcohol without having either a “distilled spirits permit” or a “federal fuel alcohol permit.” It does not matter if the alcohol is for personal use only, not for sale, etc.
What is the thumper for in a moonshine still?
Traditional copper pot stills use a thumper or thump keg to increase proof (improve purity). In the thump keg, the liquid is essentially re-distilled before it is condensed back into a liquid. Because the addition of a thumper effectively distills alcohol twice during one run it’s sometimes referred to as a “doubler.”
What does the thumper keg do?
The main purpose of the thump keg is to compound the distillation process, which is the process of evaporation that occurs when alcohol turns to vapor as the liquid mash is boiled. This has everything to do with the bubble size, the depth of immersion and the volume of alcohol in both the vapor and the thumper liquid.
Why is moonshine dangerous?
One of the risks associated with making and drinking moonshine is creating or getting a hold of a batch that is laced with methanol. Methanol is a potential byproduct of the fermentation process and its presence in a wash is a legitimate danger.
Is moonshine illegal in Texas?
“Making and selling moonshine is a public safety risk,” says TABC Lt. Allan Cameron. Although it is legal for Texans to make limited amounts of wine or beer for personal consumption without holding a TABC permit, it is not legal to manufacture distilled spirits without holding a TABC Distiller’s Permit.
What percent alcohol is moonshine?
To power a car, moonshine—in this case, illicit homemade whiskey—must have an extremely high alcohol content, at minimum 150 proof (or 75 percent alcohol by volume), or 190 proof for best results. During the Prohibition, moonshine could be as weak as 63 proof and as strong as 190 proof.
What’s the difference between vodka and moonshine?
Physically speaking, there is no real difference between vodka and moonshine. Both are unaged neutral spirits, usually cut with water to increase volume and produce a more drinkable product. Moonshine, at least commercial varieties, can easily be called American Vodka, much like Poitin could be called Irish vodka.
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