How Does A Thumper Work On A Moonshine Still??

The alcohol evaporates.

As pressure builds in the still, the alcohol steam is forced through the cap arm, a pipe that leads out of the top of the still.

Some moonshiners use a thump keg, which is simply a heated barrel into which the steam is forced.

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.

Why is moonshine so strong?

There isn’t anything inherently dangerous about moonshine — at least no more dangerous than any other alcoholic drink. When made properly, it is simply very strong alcohol with a very hard taste, or “kick,” because it hasn’t been aged. It is usually very potent, as high as 150 proof, which is about 75 percent alcohol.

How strong is real moonshine?

The proof is double the percentage of alcohol. Absolut Vodka (I have a bottle here) has 40% alcohol and is therefore 80 proof. Moonshine that is 150 proof has 75% alcohol. Now, real moonshine is 180 proof, and one small cup can knock you on your arse.

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.

What is the purpose of a thumper in a still?

Basically, a thumper keg is a container that is installed in the distillation apparatus between the still pot and the condenser. It was traditionally used in hillbilly stills to increase the alcohol content of the distillate because, traditional stills only output product with about a 50-60 percent alcohol content.

Is moonshine still 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.

What defines moonshine?

Moonshine was originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits that were usually produced illicitly, without government authorization. Legal in the United States since 2010, moonshine is defined as “clear, unaged whiskey”, typically made with corn mash as its main ingredient.

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