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.
How much moonshine can I make legally?
While most states prohibit home moonshining, state laws sometimes conflict with federal law. In Missouri, for example, a person 21 or over may produce up to 100 gallons of spirits per year for personal consumption without a permit.
How do I make my own moonshine?
- Place your mash pot on its heat source and pour in 5 gallons of water.
- Heat water to 165 °F.
- Turn off heat source when you reach 165 °F and immediately stir in 8.5 pounds of Flaked Corn Maize.
- Stir mixture continuously for 7 minutes.
How long does it take to make moonshine?
Let the mash work as long as the head, or foam, seems to be rising, but it will ferment out and go sour, so about 10 to 14 days is maximum, depending on temperature. Yeast acts more slowly at lower temps.
Can moonshine make you go blind?
One common concern with moonshine is lead poisoning, which has been linked to blindness. Today the most common cause of blindness from drinking is methanol. Methanol, otherwise known as methyl alcohol or wood alcohol, can damage the optic nerve and even kill you in high concentrations.
Is it legal to distill your own liquor?
It’s perfectly legal to own a still, and you can even use it, as long as you’re not making alcohol – so, you can make essential oils without a permit, or perfume, or distilled water. According to federal law, making beverage alcohol at home is illegal, plain and simple.
How much mash makes a gallon of moonshine?
A 1 gallon run will yield 3-6 cups of alcohol. A 5 gallon run will yield 1-2 gallons of alcohol. A 8 gallon run will yield 1.5-3 gallons of alcohol.
What does moonshine taste like?
Vodka has a milder taste. I think moonshine smells closer to turpentine than it does to vodka. But both have mostly the flavor of the alcohol dominating the taste. Bourbon is a whiskey made with at lease 51% corn, but it has been aged in oak which imparts a lot of the bourbon flavor.
What is moonshine made of?
It was originally a verb, “moonshining” which referred to any activity that was done late at night by the light of the moon. The recipe for moonshine is simply corn meal, sugar, yeast, and water. The recipe for whiskey is much the same. All moonshine or whiskey is clear when it is first distilled.
Can you drink moonshine straight?
While most people drink it straight from the jar (more on that in a minute), moonshine makes an exceptionally good spirit for cocktails. Think about it, it’s basically whiskey. Keep the vodka and gin on the shelf and mix in White Lightning in their place. You’ll be amazed by the result.
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