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#1 Grateful_soldier

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:58 PM

I was just curious if anyone here had any experience in making moonshine. A friend of mine decided he wanted to try it and had some success. He found out that making making grain alcohol is easy but the fine art of making moonshine is just that....a fine art, and is probably a lost art for the most part! He has the basic technique down but is in serious need of a recipe. SO far he has only tried some pretty basic formulas using corn, cracked corn, whole sprouted corn and a small amount of rye for flavor and ran it twice, once then again re ran with the the remainder of his mash. It has a harsh taiste and is no where even close to the smooth, "painless" moonshine he so fondly remembers from his childhood! He knows that alot of the taiste comes from the temp and speed it is heated and cooled along with some "secret" ingredients for flavor and possibly the timing on the mash but there are so many variables that he could use some direction!I know this probably isnt the best place to ask but hell, you never know and there seem to be some really smart do it your selfers here so what could it hurt to ask...thanks for any help you can offer! One more thing too, .....my friend has a small copper kettle but would like a larger one, or possibly a source for copper sheetmetal if anyone knows where to get either, I will pass the info on to him!

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:34 PM

Checkout these archive threads:

http://mycotopia.net...html?1073569245

http://mycotopia.net...html?1073404103

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:37 PM

I'd also like to add that this really is for a friend, I personally dont drink and definately consider myself an alcoholic, I do however, find this subject interesting and have tried to help my friend out a little bit. The design he got for his still came from me as well as the basic formula he has been using, he just needs to fine tune the formula a little bit (or alot!). I will definately pass along any info you can offer!

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 12:05 PM

all you need is here
www.homedistiller.org

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 12:17 PM

all you need is here
www.homedistiller.org


WOW, I think even Jessie Duke could learn a trick or two here, thanks! I found a few recipe's and I think it will help my friend out alot, will keep you guys updated!

#6 blackout

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:01 PM

Most distillers just use sugar and turbo yeasts, gets to 18% in about 5-7days. If you want real shine like whiskey the Iam Smileys book is supposed to be brilliant. I own "the compleat distiller" which is excellent for vodka but has very little whiskey info. both can be got at www.amphora-society.com
one of the co-authors of "the compleat distiller" actually used to run a shroom farm and wrote a chapter in "the mushroom cultivator"

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:10 PM

that homedistiller.org link doesn't work for me...

#8 Grateful_soldier

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:32 PM

http://homedistiller.org

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:34 PM

http://homedistiller.org/types.htm their main page seems to be unavailable for some reason but you should be able to navigate from here.

#10 blackout

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:45 PM

Third link down about the spiral still is very good. I would recommend it for its total simplicity and ease and cheapness to make.
http://distillers.ta...#Books Listings




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