Moonshine whiskey still making is fairly easy if you follow the instructions step by step. If you have the ingredients and the equipment, you will find brewing your own moonshine very easy and convenient not to say – cheap! However it is prudent and wise to first find out if you are breaking the law by distilling the alcohol at home.
The moonshine recipe is very easy. Mix the molasses and yeast with water and allow this mixture to go through the fermentation process till it is a cauldron bubbling with high powered alcohol. Building the moonshine still at home is not illegal but distilling alcohol is! You will have to understand the distillation process before you begin. Distillation means taking the chemical mixture and heating it to a point where the chemical compounds are left behind while the lowest atoms at boiling point leave. This method is used to make brandy from wine and whiskey from beer. Therefore all the still does is separate the liquid into 2 completely different compounds.
You will need the following to make your moonshine still:
A large pot that can hold a gallon of liquid, a round bottomed bowl, a drinking glass (8 oz), a magnet, a weight (like a brick) to keep the round-bottomed bowl in place, cooking thermometer to measure temperature, ½ gallon red wine, ice cubes and a hydrometer.
Place your pot on the stove and pour in the red wine(2 quarts). Place the 8 oz collection glass in the middle of the pot and put the magnet in the glass to hold it down. Heat the ingredients and wait till temperature reaches 120F. Keep checking your thermometer so that you get the heat just right. Once it reaches the required temperature, turn down the flame of the stove to a low temperature and make sure you control the heat carefully from now on.
Fill the round-bottomed bowl with ice cubes and put this bowl on top of the pot. The bowl should be sealed well over the pot. The best results will be got if the seal is good. Add the weight or brick to the round bottomed bowl so that the seal traps the vapor better. Slowly let the temperature rise during the next thirty minutes. As the alcohol heats chemical compounds will begin to boil at varying temperatures. Methyl alcohol will be the first one to evaporate while ethyl alcohol and water will evaporate and boil at their respective temperatures. Soon the alcohol will turn into spirit/vapor when it reaches boiling point. As these vapors hit the bowl on top that has ice cubes, they will condense and slowly the liquor will start to drip into the storage/collection glass.
Moonshine whiskey still making depends on how well you monitor the whole process of moonshine making. The right temperatures should be maintained. The wine should not boil. As soon as the water is at 212F shut down the heat and take away the collection glass. You should get rid of the wine. Many novices get above 20% alcohol and with time and practice can manage to get 40% alcohol.