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2012-03-31 08:19:33 AM  
Time to crank up Steve Earle...
 
2012-03-31 09:02:58 AM  
Isn't that pretty much the only way to make moonshine?
 
2012-03-31 09:13:48 AM  

PanicMan: Isn't that pretty much the only way to make moonshine?


End the Thread. THIS.
 
2012-03-31 09:15:01 AM  
Fox Fire.
 
2012-03-31 09:17:05 AM  
Retardedly easy.
1: Add sugar, water and some yeast to a bucket with a tiny hole in the top. Wait two weeks.
2. Partially fill another bucket up with the result, suspend a small bowl in the middle of bucket with string. Add some loose fitting clear plastic over the top of the bucket, tape in place and stick a rock in middle. Put out in the sun and wait a day or two.

Done.
 
2012-03-31 09:22:40 AM  
Yeah, but is there a way to make oxycontin at home?
 
2012-03-31 09:24:02 AM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: Retardedly easy.
1: Add sugar, water and some yeast to a bucket with a tiny hole in the top. Wait two weeks.
2. Partially fill another bucket up with the result, suspend a small bowl in the middle of bucket with string. Add some loose fitting clear plastic over the top of the bucket, tape in place and stick a rock in middle. Put out in the sun and wait a day or two.

Done.


I like the way you think.
 
2012-03-31 09:25:46 AM  
You can pretty much make it in (some) prisons so why couldn't you make it at home? Der.
 
2012-03-31 09:32:11 AM  
I'm sure its possible, but don't let the BATFE catch you running a still unless you want to spend time in federal PMITA prison.
 
2012-03-31 09:33:10 AM  
Cute infographic. Now head over to http://www.homedistiller.org/ (new window) for the rest of the story.

/For entertainment purposes only, void where prohibited by law, adult supervision required, etc.
 
2012-03-31 09:42:47 AM  
I knew folk'll conjure up absinthe in Manhattan and the Bronx about ten years ago. Damn sippy xit, too.
 
2012-03-31 09:55:31 AM  
Moonshine making doesn't work as a step by step process unless you separate the building of the still from the actual production into two processes reformed in that order. Some dope is going to read that and start assembling his still after he's brought his sour mash to 173 degrees and be sorely disappointed with the outcome.
 
2012-03-31 09:58:13 AM  

PanicMan: Isn't that pretty much the only way to make moonshine?


Obviously the answer to subby is yes, but there are several ways to make moonshine at home, though some methods are undoubtedly safer than others. This is actually one of the more complex methods of home distillation, but probably the safest IF you know what you're doing.

The simplest method is simply to pour alcohol into a tub of some sort, then put it somewhere freezing cold. Since water will freeze before alcohol you can skim the ice that forms at the top thus increasing the alcohol by volume. However you shouldn't do this to increase potency too much because it concentrates poisons that are eliminated by other distillation methods (as a secondary distillation it may work better though).

Wok distillation has interested me in for quit a while, since it's in theory simpler, but somewhat chancier than the listed method. In this you take a large pot, fill it with alcohol you wish to distill, put a small stand at the bottom of the large pot and rest another smaller pot on top of it. Then put a wok (a traditional one with a round bottom, and one large enough to completely cover the top of the large pot) on top of the whole thing and fill it with ice. Turn on the stove and heat. This works the same way as the method in the link: you boil alcohol, it turns into steam, rises to the roof (the wok), is cooled (by the ice in the wok), and dribbles into the pot (which sits on a stationary stand beneath the center of the wok, allowing beads of cooled alcohol to drip from the bottom of the wok). Obviously the biggest problems with wok distilling is that, unless you have a window embedded in your pot you will not be able to view how much alcohol has gone into your wok, so you must disrupt the distilling process to view the product. Further, as the alcohol is dribbling into a pot that is still in heat, you can eventually begin boiling the alcohol you have already distilled. It will work, and it's usually even cheaper than the method linked by subby, but it's not very efficient.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT


YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.
 
2012-03-31 09:58:53 AM  

Oldiron_79: I'm sure its possible, but don't let the BATFE catch you running a still unless you want to spend time in federal PMITA prison.


Once, two strangers climbed ole Rocky Top, lookin' for a moonshine still. Strangers ain't come down off Rocky Top. Reckon they never will.
 
2012-03-31 10:06:52 AM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: Retardedly easy.
1: Add sugar, water and some yeast to a bucket with a tiny hole in the top. Wait two weeks.
2. Partially fill another bucket up with the result, suspend a small bowl in the middle of bucket with string. Add some loose fitting clear plastic over the top of the bucket, tape in place and stick a rock in middle. Put out in the sun and wait a day or two.

Done.


Even easier, use a brewing bucket. The lid has a hole in the top of it. During fermentation, put an airlock in to keep the bad stuff out. When you are ready to evaporate off the moonshine, remove the airlock and insert one end of some rubber tubing into the hole in the lid and place the other end into your jug or whatever you are collecting it into. Then, put that in the sun. Total cost is about $20.
 
2012-03-31 10:15:09 AM  
Tangentially related: http://www.amazon.com/Forget-Gas-Pumps-Make-Your-Fuel/dp/0915216434

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-03-31 10:19:22 AM  
Ummmm... that's the point of Moonshine.
 
2012-03-31 10:20:22 AM  

mat catastrophe: Tangentially related: http://www.amazon.com/Forget-Gas-Pumps-Make-Your-Fuel/dp/0915216434

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


I had a friend that did that. Bio-fuel, and he converted all his cars to diesel.
 
2012-03-31 10:32:35 AM  

iron_city_ap: Lars The Canadian Viking: Retardedly easy.
1: Add sugar, water and some yeast to a bucket with a tiny hole in the top. Wait two weeks.
2. Partially fill another bucket up with the result, suspend a small bowl in the middle of bucket with string. Add some loose fitting clear plastic over the top of the bucket, tape in place and stick a rock in middle. Put out in the sun and wait a day or two.

Done.

Even easier, use a brewing bucket. The lid has a hole in the top of it. During fermentation, put an airlock in to keep the bad stuff out. When you are ready to evaporate off the moonshine, remove the airlock and insert one end of some rubber tubing into the hole in the lid and place the other end into your jug or whatever you are collecting it into. Then, put that in the sun. Total cost is about $20.


And as a previous poster said, DISCARD THE FIRST COUPLE OUNCES. IT WILL BLIND/KILL YOU.
 
2012-03-31 11:25:29 AM  
YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.
 
2012-03-31 11:25:54 AM  
Time to get drunk or die trying.
 
2012-03-31 11:26:03 AM  
Making moonshine is easy. Not making a batch of methanol-tainted moonshine... it's important to get the hang of.
 
2012-03-31 11:31:33 AM  

PanicMan: Isn't that pretty much the only way to make moonshine?


Eh, they're selling some at my local beverage store. I thought it was kind of cool that it's being manufactured but noticed it was only 80 proof.
 
2012-03-31 11:31:44 AM  

titwrench: YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.


Quoting from the phone is hard. My understanding was you toss the first and last 10% roughly to avoid this problem. I am going to build small still for personal use for shiats and giggles. I figure the police have better things to do then bust a guy that wants to mix up a couple of gallons of hooch from time to time
 
2012-03-31 11:37:37 AM  

titwrench: titwrench: YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.

Quoting from the phone is hard. My understanding was you toss the first and last 10% roughly to avoid this problem. I am going to build small still for personal use for shiats and giggles. I figure the police have better things to do then bust a guy that wants to mix up a couple of gallons of hooch from time to time


Or just brew some beer, which is legal to make in 48 states.
 
2012-03-31 11:40:09 AM  

titwrench: titwrench: YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.

Quoting from the phone is hard. My understanding was you toss the first and last 10% roughly to avoid this problem. I am going to build small still for personal use for shiats and giggles. I figure the police have better things to do then bust a guy that wants to mix up a couple of gallons of hooch from time to time


Just keep a few jugs of denatured ethanol around. If anyone asks, your still is for personal fuel production, which is legal as far as I know.
 
2012-03-31 11:43:09 AM  
Well, I used to distill the alcohol from my dad's bad home made wine. NOt the same I know, but an Irish friend who lives near me makes a mean Poitín.

/Ahh neet neet neet.......INDIANS!!
 
2012-03-31 11:45:36 AM  

Le French Boo: You can pretty much make it in (some) prisons so why couldn't you make it at home? Der.


Hooch
 
2012-03-31 11:56:21 AM  

titwrench: titwrench: YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.

Quoting from the phone is hard. My understanding was you toss the first and last 10% roughly to avoid this problem. I am going to build small still for personal use for shiats and giggles. I figure the police have better things to do then bust a guy that wants to mix up a couple of gallons of hooch from time to time


My understanding for tossing the tails was that they contained fusel alcohols that, while not toxic (at least, no more than the ethanol), will impart off flavors.
 
2012-03-31 12:00:27 PM  
idiots.

learn to make wine.

toss in freezer, drain off liquid from the slush, repeat for higher proof.

/tastes better
/harder for BATF to catch...what still?
 
2012-03-31 12:18:07 PM  

titwrench: I figure the police have better things to do then bust a guy that wants to mix up a couple of gallons of hooch from time to time


Unfortunately, the BATFE thinks otherwise. And local small-town cops that really have nothing else to do except going around busting up stills.
 
2012-03-31 12:19:36 PM  
I force-feed the sour mash to my cat and then collect her urine, which I pass through a charcoal filter.
 
2012-03-31 12:28:09 PM  
I think everybody missed subby's joke. ...at least I hope subby was trying to make a joke.

/proof get it?
//alcohol...proof
 
2012-03-31 12:35:22 PM  

Jurodan: titwrench: titwrench: YOU MUST DISCARD THE FIRST FEW OUNCES OF ALCOHOL THAT ARE DRIPPED OUT USING EITHER THE METHOD FROM THE LINK OR FROM THE WOK METHOD I EXPLAINED. IT IS NOT ETHANOL, IT IS METHANOL WHICH IS TOXIC AND CAN RENDER YOU BLIND. DO NOT DRINK IT.

Quoting from the phone is hard. My understanding was you toss the first and last 10% roughly to avoid this problem. I am going to build small still for personal use for shiats and giggles. I figure the police have better things to do then bust a guy that wants to mix up a couple of gallons of hooch from time to time

My understanding for tossing the tails was that they contained fusel alcohols that, while not toxic (at least, no more than the ethanol), will impart off flavors.


Yeah, from what I've read, the heads (first drippings) are poisonous, while the tails (last drippings) just taste nasty.
 
2012-03-31 12:39:18 PM  
Water boils at 212F.
Ethanol boils at 172F.
Methanol boils at 149F.

Couldn't you just get it to 160F wait a while then move up to 175F?
 
2012-03-31 12:45:49 PM  
So, wait. Is it illegal to distill at home or is it just illegal to profit from distilling at home?
I'm confused.
 
2012-03-31 12:51:24 PM  

PanicMan: Isn't that pretty much the only way to make moonshine?


The instructions put water into the thumper. There are far better ways to make moonshine. Read Popcorn's book. Don't buy it from a book store. Odds are they report sales of that book to the government. Buy it used, pay with cash and not in the same county you live in.

DON'T DRINK THE FIRST RUN. The middle run is the good stuff. Use the end run for your thumper the next batch you brew. You'll be much happier.
 
2012-03-31 01:08:10 PM  
Pot is far better, safer, and easier to produce.
 
2012-03-31 01:16:12 PM  

Kimpak: I think everybody missed subby's joke. ...at least I hope subby was trying to make a joke.

/proof get it?
//alcohol...proof


Good point. Props to Subby...take a bow, man! :)

darkscout: Water boils at 212F.
Ethanol boils at 172F.
Methanol boils at 149F.

Couldn't you just get it to 160F wait a while then move up to 175F?


You probably could, and I'm guessing that this is how the big boys do it.
 
2012-03-31 01:19:31 PM  
Is there eny difference between distilling

1) highly drinkable wine or beer
2) bum wine or cheap malt liquor
3) a corn sugar mix you've let ferment until it tastes like a nasty ass

in terms of methanol and oils?
 
2012-03-31 01:20:40 PM  
Not recommending these at all but there's no way I would ingest distilled alcohol without some sort of test strip for the presence of methanol. (new window)

You see, I once drank some home-made slivovitz from the Balkans. My kidneys ached for a few days.
 
2012-03-31 01:21:47 PM  

HairBolus: Is there eny difference between distilling

1) highly drinkable wine or beer
2) bum wine or cheap malt liquor
3) a corn sugar mix you've let ferment until it tastes like a nasty ass

in terms of methanol and oils?


beer you can remove some of the water by freezing repeatedly.
 
2012-03-31 01:21:53 PM  

darkscout: Water boils at 212F.
Ethanol boils at 172F.
Methanol boils at 149F.

Couldn't you just get it to 160F wait a while then move up to 175F?


Short answer: no.

Pure water / ethanol / methanol boils at those temperatures. Mixtures boil at some temperature between those points, and the vapor that comes off contains alcohol(s) and water (but in different ratios than the liquid that's left behind). To extract a pure substance you need to condense that vapor and re-evaporate it multiple times. The website I linked to earlier has all the details if you're curious.
 
2012-03-31 01:23:13 PM  
It's just white lightning until you age it in oak. If you want something tasty and quick, source up the cheapest wine you can find or ferment some sugarwater and small can tomato sauce for yeast nutrients (not ketchup! it has preservatives that retard yeast). Yeah it's not grain, but who cares? You're going to impart some aromatics on it anyhow.

So, for essences, a handful of ginger, a branch of fresh rosemary, branch of fresh juniper, stick of cinnamon, a few whole cardamon seeds. a whole grapefruit, lime, unripe orange. Blenderize the solids to a paste. Strip still the liquids fast, until the temperature gets near boiling water, toss the remains. Put the bitters and spices in the pot and fill back with first squeezings, slow still again. Now sip your Olde Timey Gin.

Or so I've been told by some old guy with a tall black hat and a monocle.
 
2012-03-31 01:42:34 PM  
I've always wondered. Are high AVB beers carbonated? If so, how do they induce the carbonation? I can't imagine yeast living in basically distilled alcohol long enough to produce CO2. I think I have some Googling to do.
 
2012-03-31 01:48:53 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I've always wondered. Are high AVB beers carbonated? If so, how do they induce the carbonation? I can't imagine yeast living in basically distilled alcohol long enough to produce CO2. I think I have some Googling to do.


Ah, champagne yeast at bottling...that was the equation.
 
2012-03-31 02:52:53 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: TheShavingofOccam123: I've always wondered. Are high AVB beers carbonated? If so, how do they induce the carbonation? I can't imagine yeast living in basically distilled alcohol long enough to produce CO2. I think I have some Googling to do.

Ah, champagne yeast at bottling...that was the equation.


Or forced carbonated, champagne yeast has always, in my opinion only ever been good for making champagne
 
2012-03-31 02:57:24 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I've always wondered. Are high AVB beers carbonated? If so, how do they induce the carbonation? I can't imagine yeast living in basically distilled alcohol long enough to produce CO2. I think I have some Googling to do.


Forced carbonation like I do with my kegorator. You place enough CO2 under pressure over the beer, the CO2 will meander down into the fluid.

How high? I have done a few 12-14abv beers that bottle conditioned well. The 25+abv stuff usually is not carbonated.

This is definatly a bookmark. Doing homebrewing I have to do this once or twice. The wok method mentioned is right up my alley.
 
2012-03-31 03:04:01 PM  

Ivo Shandor: darkscout: Water boils at 212F.
Ethanol boils at 172F.
Methanol boils at 149F.

Couldn't you just get it to 160F wait a while then move up to 175F?

Short answer: no.

Pure water / ethanol / methanol boils at those temperatures. Mixtures boil at some temperature between those points, and the vapor that comes off contains alcohol(s) and water (but in different ratios than the liquid that's left behind). To extract a pure substance you need to condense that vapor and re-evaporate it multiple times. The website I linked to earlier has all the details if you're curious.


I don't really understand why one could not do this. After all, if one can raise the mash to 175 and get ethanol out of a mix, why cannot one do the same for methanol at 165? Serious question...not snark. TIA!

/fully agrees that simply discarding the first 50 ml of distillate at 175 is easy, quick and effective
 
2012-03-31 03:19:52 PM  
Aw hell, just buy a bottle of Everclear and skip the dangerous stuff (except for the drinking part-that stuff will fsck you up royally and you won't even realize it until it's too late).
 
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