Are you looking to buy your first set of home distillery equipment? Is it time to take the plunge and upgrade to a bigger still? Here are few Dos and Don’ts for distilling moonshine at home for every novice and experienced distiller out there.
Experiment with flavors and different types of alcohol. You do not know what is good until you try it.
Don’t: Keep your finished experiments next to the still when they are done.
Can you say fire hazard? Most hard alcohol is flammable and bad things could happen. In fact, the only thing that you should keep next to your still at all times is a fire extinguisher.
Do: Keep track of the math.
Make sure all of your calculations are correct. Not only will this keep you from making a bad batch, it can also help you from completely boiling out your brew or worse…
Don’t: Leave your still unattended.
An unattended still can lead to trouble. You will want to stay close by and watch for leaks, vapor, and drips. While this is uncommon, it is important to avoid.
Do: Brew your own moonshine!
Moonshine has been legal since 2009. However, you will want to check and see if you need a permit or to follow any other regulations.
Don’t: Spread myths.
There are many myths about moonshine that continue to float around. Some of them are as old as the practice itself. One of them is that moonshine can make you blind. Yes, you can go blind from drinking too much Methanol (a byproduct that is usually burned off during the distilling process). However, this is exceptionally rare and takes quite a bit of doing. Most of the time, a bad batch will just mean a nasty hangover. However, if you keep up on your reading, do your calculations, and follow directions, you are sure to have a few darn good drinks to impress your friends.