3 Must Have Tools for Making Moonshine at Home
So you are interested in making moonshine? Well, this is an exciting time and while it may seem like it is an easy endeavor, if you do not have the right tools for making your moonshine, it will become difficult. In fact, not having the proper tools is one of the main reasons why moonshine fails or doesn’t end up with the proper taste that it should.
Although I can go into various tools such as spoons, there are really only three tools that are an absolute must when it comes to making moonshine and I will go over them in this article.
Tool Number One: The Fermenter
This is also known as a mash tub and it is the first tool that you will use when you are making your moonshine. It is a tool you use to convert the sugar in your mixture to alcohol. There are actually two different types of fermenters and these are closed fermenters and open fermenters.
Closed fermenters are usually the ideal as they keep the mixture from getting any foreign bacteria or yeasts. This will help keep your moonshine tasting its best and will avoid some possible contamination that could be hazardous to your health. A negative of this method is that it can be difficult to remove the carbon dioxide that is formed during the fermenting process. If you do not have a proper hose on the closed fermenter, it could explode.
Open fermenters are just what they sound like, an open pot where the sugar and grain ferment together. One of the benefits of an open fermenter is that you do not have to worry about the carbon dioxide building up inside the fermenter since it is released directly into the air. Open fermenters are fine for small batches or if you are not too worried about the flavor of your moonshine. The biggest detractor is that it can open your mash up to a number of yeasts and other contaminants.
For more information on fermenters, I recommend that you read The Ultimate Moonshine Guide.
Tool Number Two: Still
One of the most important tools that you will need for moonshine is you own still as this is the tool you will use to actually make your moonshine. There are a number of different stills that you can make or purchase and you can learn more in the Tested How to Make a Still Blueprint Guide, however the one that I recommend the most is the pot still.
The main reason for this is that it produces the best results with the alcohol and allows for it to be properly heated and drained with ease. A properly designed still can create a nice alcohol in a matter of hours, however, for a high quality finished product; you should expect it to take a bit longer than that.
Tool Number Three: Alcoholmeter
Although the use of an alcoholmeter is debated, I find that this is a must have tool for one simple reason, it allows you to gauge how much alcohol is in your moonshine. Most alcoholmeters are made of glass. They should have a cylindrical shape and there should be a weight at the bottom. It should float in your moonshine and will give you an idea of how strong your brew is.
This is important to make sure the moonshine is safe to drink and it will also give you an idea of how much longer you should allow it to set for. In addition, some recipes call for sugar to be added after it reaches a certain level in potency. Regardless of the tools you use, this is one that I strongly recommend.
And there are three tools that every moonshine brewer should have.