- 0.1 What does popcorn Suttons moonshine taste like?
- 0.2 How long does moonshine need to ferment?
- 0.3 How to Make a Basic Mash for Moonshine
- 1 What kind of corn is best for moonshine?
- 2 Is it safe to make your own moonshine?
What does popcorn Suttons moonshine taste like?
Initially quite sweet — Sutton likely uses a lot of sugar in the recipe — it ping-pongs from notes of popcorn and rolled oats to fresh simple syrup. A touch grassy, it finishes on a note of bitter tree bark, which I can only imagine Sutton chawing on while he stokes the fires of his stills.
How long does moonshine need to ferment?
How Quickly Can You Make Moonshine? – The quickest you can properly make moonshine is about two weeks. However, you really should let mash ferment for at least a week itself, so the best moonshine will usually take closer to a month to complete. Moonshine recipes all have their own timelines, so this may vary depending on what you want to make.
Is moonshine always corn?
What Is Moonshine Made Of? – The recipe for classic moonshine is simple:
- Cracked corn
- Malted barley
While alcohol can actually be distilled from almost any kind of grain — the earliest American moonshiners used rye or barley – much of the moonshine made in the United States for the last 150 years has been made with corn. So, what makes moonshine different from the whiskey you find on the shelf at a liquor store? Aside from the obvious differences between something made in a sanitized production facility and something made at night in the woods, the primary difference is aging,
When whisky comes out of the still, it’s so clear it looks like water. Moonshiners bottle it and sell it just like that. Commercial alcohols have an amber or golden color to them because they are aged for several years in oak barrels that are sometimes charred. The aging process gives them color and mellows the harsh taste.
How to Make a Basic Mash for Moonshine
There’s no such mellowing with moonshine, which is why it has such a kick.
What kind of corn is best for moonshine?
What Type of Corn Should I use in my Moonshine? – Our favorite type of corn to be used in moonshine is cracked, dry yellow corn. This type of corn is considered field corn and it needs to be clean and food-grade. It is recommended to use air dried corn rather than gas dried.
- The reason for this is when corn is gas dried the corn can get stripped of its elements that are needed for good fermentation.
- You may want to take your cracked con one step further and have it ground to make a corn meal.
- This is fine as long as the corn is a coarse grind.
- Of course, corn meal can be purchased ready-made, again, just make sure it isn’t too fine.
It is also possible to make moonshine out of animal feed. Check out our You can use chicken feed where the corn is a lot finer or horse feed. Just don’t use hog feed as it contains more than just corn.
Is it safe to make your own moonshine?
6. Keep a fire extinguisher handy – When distilling, the biggest single risk, as one might gather from reading the other safety rules in this article, is fire. Distilling not only involves the presence of a heat source for heating the wash, but also potentially explosive alcohol vapor and highly flammable ethyl alcohol.
A heat source malfunction, a leaky still, or a spilled collection vessel containing high proof alcohol could lead to a disaster. Commercial distilleries typically require fire suppression system. In the event that local code does not require fire suppression, a fire extinguisher (or several) would be a MUST HAVE item.
Like an oil fire on a stove top, alcohol fueled fires should be put out with a fire extinguisher. Having a bucket of water on hand is not sufficient and could actually make the problem worse.
Is it hard to make moonshine at home?
How to Make Moonshine Without a Still? – Technically, moonshine is a homemade, unaged high proof grain alcohol, typically around 190 proof. The process to make moonshine from scratch, starting with a corn mash to distilling is quite difficult and illegal without a license.
There’s no need to go through this complicated process (with uncertain results) when we can legally buy 190 proof grain alcohol. A high proof alcohol is essentially the base for aged and flavored liquors such as whisky and vodka. To make moonshine easy, we simply start with a high proof, quality base alcohol.
I typically use the brands Everclear, Mohawk or Nikolai and all of these are readily available in liquor stores. The process is essentially the same for most fruit flavored moonshine recipes. You might want to check out our hugely popular Apple Pie Moonshine recipe too.
Can you make moonshine without distilling?
Do you Need a Still to Make Moonshine? – Many believe that you still need a moonshine still in order to make moonshine at home. Fortunately for those who don’t own a still, this is actually completely incorrect. You can make moonshine without using a moonshine still. However, there are both risks and rewards for taking this approach.