Make Homemade Moonshine
Before we discuss how to Make Homemade Moonshine, I want to talk about the LAW. Moonshine is illegal to distill anywhere inside the United States without a distiller’s license. These laws are strictly enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the US Department of Justice.
The fines can be astronomically high and the penalties are extremely severe! For those of you outside the United States, check your local laws on distilling liquor. Because it is illegal to make Moonshine, the content on this site is for information purposes only!
I am in no way telling you to make moonshine. If you choose to do so, you are doing it at your own risk and breaking the law! Now that we got the legal stuff out of the way. I’m going to give you a history lesson before I get into how moonshine is made.
*For more information on US distller laws, visit the Food and Drug Administration at fda.gov
The Real History Of Moonshine
White lightning, white liquor, white whiskey, corn liquor, homebrew, mountain dew, hooch and the most recognizable name of them all “Moonshine” are terms that describe distilled high proof liquor. In the old days, moonshine was usually made illegally.
Nowadays, you can go to your local liquor store and pick up a bottle. There are lots of Moonshine distilleries, making it easy for people all around the world to get their hands on this unique American spirit. However, there are people that still make moonshine illegally today.
It Is Believed …
… the term “Moonshine” comes from another term “Moonrakers”. This is an early English term for smugglers and illegal distillers from the Appalachian Mountains. They did all their smuggling and distilling at night to avoid being detected by the local authorities.
Moonshine found it’s way to the Appalachian Mountains in the late 17th century to the early 1800’s. Immigrants from Northern Ireland brought their own recipe with them to the Appalachians. This same recipe is what is known today as Moonshine.
A Need For Speed!
All you NASCAR fans can thank good ole Moonshine for the birth of your favorite sport. Running moonshine started long before the automobile came along. They used to run moonshine on horseback or horse drawn wagon. As the 20th century dawned, a new form of transportation changed everything!
In the early days, automobiles weren’t very fast. Bootleggers/Moonshine runners were always modifying their cars to make them faster. Law enforcement would do the same and the cycle continued. NASCAR legend, early pioneer and bootlegger “Junior Johnson” had this to say about his bootlegging experience …
It gave me so much advantage over other people that had to train and learn how to drive.
*For more information on the history of moonshine you can visit wikipedia.com
“Popcorn’s” Appalachian Moonshine Recipe
I decided to give you the best Moonshine recipe there is. This recipe is from a legendary Moonshiner/Bootlegger named Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton. He was known to make the best moonshine around! Some of you may have seen him on Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners”.
He is perhaps, the greatest moonshiner ever! Popcorn was from Maggie Valley, North Carolina. He lived his whole life in the rural parts of Maggie Valley and Cocke County, Tennessee. Here is his own personal recipe that made him a living legend!
*Special Note: This moonshine recipe has been passed down from generation to generation to Popcorn. He comes from a long line of moonshiners. Popcorn once said …
Jesus Turned The Water Into Wine, I Turned It Into Likker
-Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton
In honor of Popcorn’s memory, please take some time and watch Popcorn’s documentary below. Grab some popcorn and a jug of shine and enjoy!
This Is The Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make (Full Movie)
Popcorn’s Moonshine Recipe
Popcorn’s Secret Ingredients:
- You are going to need 25 pounds of white cornmeal. Make sure you have enough cornmeal to fill half your barrel or whatever you are using.
- The next thing you need is 50 pounds of sugar. Your mixture needs 1 pound of sugar for each gallon of water per total volume.
- And the last thing you need is 1 gallon of malt. You can use rye, corn, barley or a combination of any of the 3.
- Pour boiling water onto the white cornmeal. Allow the cornmeal to cool to room temperature. It should be cool to the touch.
- The next thing you’re going to do is add malt and sugar. Make sure you completely mix the contents well and let it sit for 1 day.
- The next day it should be bubbling on top. That’s exactly what should be happening. Stir the mixture one more time and let it sit for another 2 days.
- All the bubbling should have stopped after a couple of days. Once the bubbling stops, the mash is then ready to be distilled. You can use a bucket or a siphon to move your wash to the still.
Those of you that may be familiar with making moonshine may have noticed in step 3, Popcorn does not add any yeast. Popcorn says any kind of combination of rye, barley or corn is what makes it all work. What he’s actually doing is fermenting the wild yeast already inside the mash.
This is Popcorn’s alternative to using distillers yeast. That’s pretty much it! I haven’t gotten into the distilling process here in this article. I just wanted to touch on moonshine recipes and how it’s made. Distilling is the last part of the process.
*It’s important to note that you should use a 40 gallon HDPE plastic barrel or 40 gallon pot for fermenting. The size of the pot will vary with the size of your mash that you’re making.
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