Enjoy Making Moonshine
For those of you interested in learning more about making moonshine, you should start at what moonshine is all about. Although many people are familiar with the term, moonshine, they may not be aware of the history surrounding it.
Moonshine has been around for a very long time but the word was first used to refer to any type of alcohol that was made illegally and then sold in secret. The original reference of the word can be traced back to the mid-1700’s and it was used to refer to any type of alcohol that was smuggled during the night.
The main reason for moonshine was to produce an alcohol that could be sold without the taxing and regulating that was done with most types of alcohol. It was a way to create a higher profit from grain crops that farmers produced without having to deal with the levies and other taxes that alcohol was subjected to.
Although it is commonly referred to as moonshine, it is also known by a number of different names including hooch, rotgut, blockade, white lightning and brushwhiskey.
Moonshine has been made with a number of different grains but the majority of grains used are corn and barley. To make it, the grain is fermented with sugar and water for a specific period of time. This is called mash and is the main ingredient in any type of moonshine. Once you have a mash, it is then distilled until you have an alcoholic beverage. For more information on making moonshine, I recommend that you read The Ultimate Moonshine Guide.
Despite being something that was done for centuries, moonshine really became a popular item to make during prohibition. During that time, with the inability to purchase alcohol legally in many different countries, people began to brew their moonshine in their homes.
After prohibition, moonshine was not brewed as commonly, however, many people still brew moonshine in their homes. The main points of moonshine are that it is a raw flavored alcohol that can be extremely potent and could even lead to health problems due to its potency.
While moonshine is still illegal to brew, many people today still enjoy making moonshine in small quantities and it has continued to be an art that people enjoy.