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    • Apple Moonshine Apple Moonshine Recipe If you want to make "apple moonshine" you need to start by making apple wine. When making apple wine the more acidic and sour varieties of apples are best (Winesap, McIntosh, and Jonathans all work great - but you can use any variety). Once you make the apple wine it can then be distilled and turned into apple moonshine. Apple Wine Stats Starting Gravity: 1.065 ...
    • Distillation Equipment – An Essential Addition to Any Prepper’s Checklist SHTF Prepping Why should distillation equipment be added to your prepper equipment checklist? Here are 3 excellent reasons, to name a few: distilled spirits, fuel alcohol, and antiseptic. These goods would be highly valuable during a SHTF event and can all be easily manufactured with simple, small-scale distillation equipment. As a bonus, all of these goods would be highly desirable in a bar...
    • Pumpkin Pie Moonshine Recipe How To Make Pumpkin Pie Moonshine Fall is upon us, the leaves are changing, pumpkins are being displayed, this always makes me crave all things Autumn. This time of year there are always quite a few pumpkin pie moonshine recipes being posted on the Internet so we decided to try our hand at making one of the recipes. All of the pumpkin pie vodka recipes we found called for only 2 cups of vodk...
    • Plum Moonshine Recipe Plum Moonshine How To Stats Starting Gravity: 1.070 Ending Gravity: 1.000 Wash Alcohol By Volume: (ABV) 9% Spirit ABV: 40% (80 Proof) Time to Ferment: 7 Days (can vary depending on yeast and temp) Fermentation temperature: 70F Mashing Equipment Potato masher 6.5 gallon fermenter Large pot for mashing Mash paddle o...
    • How to Make Peach Moonshine: Part 2 This is part 2 of our "how to make peach moonshine" article. In case you missed it, here's How to Make Peach Moonshine: Part 1, where we juiced, mashed, and fermented the peaches. Peach Moonshine Recipe Continued... Once the peaches have finished fermenting, you'll need to filter the peach pulp from the fermented peach juice. This is easy to do if you have the right equipmen...
    • Muskmelon Moonshine HoneyDew, Cantaloupe, and Muskmelon Are you a fan of honeydew, cantaloupe, or muskmelon? We are. Nothing is better than a ripe, late-summer melon. They're sweet, refreshing and delicious. Are you also a fan of moonshine? Well if you like melons and you like moonshine, then chances are that you'll absolutely love this super simple melon-shine recipe. Make Some Melon Moonshine...
    • How To Make Peach Moonshine: Part 1 Peach Moonshine Recipe It is now fall, the perfect time to pick up some peaches and make some peach moonshine. That's what we thought at least. We bought half of a bushel of peaches from our local farmers market, made some peach wine, then distilled. We documented the entire process and took tons of pictures. Just a note, today was the first time we've ever used a fruit press. A...
    • How to Make Fireball Whiskey Fireball Whiskey Fireball Whiskey is warm, spicy, and sweet. It's best consumed while nearly blacked out at a bar, during tailgate parties in the fall, or at breakfast in the dead of winter. Yes, Fireball is a very versatile drink, suitable for many occasions. While it isn't the most classy beverage one could drink too much of one day and then puke up the next, that doesn't mean it isn't good....
    • How to Make Apple Brandy Apple Brandy Brandy is created by distilling fruit wine. After the fruit has been fermented into a wine, the wine is then distilled to produce a strong, clear spirit with the essence of fruit it was made from. Traditionally Brandy was distilled in pot stills; today column stills are often used, as they can be used for continuous distillation. Brandy obtained from a column still has a higher ...
    • Distilling In Canada Canadian Moonshine We want to give a shoutout to our moonshine neighbors to the north. If you think moonshine is only an American pastime you are dead wrong. Distilled spirits have has been around since 12th century and have been made all over the world, including Canada. Many Canadians make homemade alcohol, which is often called: shine, screech, home-brew or swish. During the American proh...
    • Cloudy Moonshine Problem - Cloudy Moonshine Here at Clawhammer Supply we receive many emails with questions about making moonshine. One of the more common questions we receive goes something like this, “Why is my moonshine cloudy?” As I’m sure you already know, moonshine that is made correctly should be crystal clear. If cloudy moonshine has been a problem for you, don't despair. We have several solutions. ...
    • How To Proof Moonshine Moonshine Alcohol Content Old school moonshiners can tell the proof of their shine by shaking the mason jar and looking at the bubbles. If the moonshine has large bubbles that disappear quickly it indicates that the moonshine has a high alcohol content, while smaller bubbles that disappear slower indicate lower alcohol content. Today we can proof moonshine easily and also with more precision b...
    • How To Maintain Distillation Equipment Cleaning And Maintaining Distillation Equipment Making quality moonshine requires having equipment that is clean, safe, and in good working order. Buying a 100% copper moonshine still is a purchase that can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. It does not take much time or effort to properly care for a copper still and mash equipment. Examine the copper still before using it. Mak...
    • How To Make All Grain Whiskey - The Easy Way All Grain Whiskey The final product that comes out of the Clawhammer Supply Moonshine Still is only going to taste as good as the ingredients that went into the mash. An all grain mash will have a better flavor and it will be a lot smoother than sugar shine. Making an all grain mash using the mash in a bag process is not difficult and does not require expensive equipment. Mashing is simply a ...
    • Making Whiskey and Moonshine: The Importance of Enzymes Why are Enzymes Important? Enzymes are important because they convert starches from grain into fermentable sugars. Starches are made up of long chains of glucose molecules and have to be broken down into smaller molecules in order for the yeast to be able to turn them into alcohol. If these starches are not broken down by enzymes, then the yeast are not able to perform their job. The most comm...
    • How To Make Hopped Vodka What Is Hopped Vodka? These days, there are all kinds of ridiculous types of vodak available at liqour stores. Our absolute least favorite is Cake Vodka, which more or less makes a mockery of distilled spirits. However, not all flavored vodkas are as silly as cake vodka. We present to you (assuming that you've never heard of this new and wonderful concoction), Hopped Vodka. Hopped vodka...
    • Distilling - Potential Alcohol Table The chart below shows how many pounds of sugar are required to reach a potential alcohol percentage for a 1,5, and 10 gallon sugar mash. This chart assumes that the mash will ferment down to 1.000- it is possible it won't ferment as low or might ferment lower. The following chart can be useful if you are creating a sugar only wash and want to know how many pounds of sugar you need to add to rea...
    • Clawhammer Max Fill Guidelines Important Announcement Clawhammer Supply is strongly committed to our customers (you!). Without your business and your trust, we wouldn’t be the company we are today. We’re always looking for ways to improve the functionality and safety of our products. Max Fill Level It has come to our attention that our customers are not clear on how much liquid our stills are designed to hold. To clarify,...
    • How To Make Sour Mash Sour Mash Sour Mash is a process that uses material from an older batch of mash to start fermentation of a new batch of mash. The following recipe is a simple no cook mash for a simple sour mash. The corn in this recipe is used for flavor while the sugar will provide most of the fuel for fermentation. This is a multi-step process and requires a dedicated schedule and requires the distiller to ...
    • How to Make Sugar Shine Easy Moonshine Recipe We have all heard the quote, “Fast, good or cheap. Pick two...” This sugar shine recipe is definitely fast and it is about as cheap to make as it gets. If you believe the quote above you might be inclined to think that this recipe can't be good. To a point, we'd actually agree. However, that isn't to say that this recipe is not useful. It all depends on why and how you...
    • Strawberry Moonshine Recipe How to Make Strawberry MoonshineMaking fruit Brandy is a great way to get started in the world of home distilling. It's a big step up from sugar shine and making it isn't quite as complicated as crafting an all grain batch using malted barley, etc. We've had great success making various types of fruit based moonshine in the past and strawberry moonshine sounds delicious. The folks over at the A...
    • How To Make Flour Paste For Distilling How to Seal a Copper Still Once assembled, Clawhammer copper stills will actually be comprised of 2 pieces: the boiler assembly and the column assembly (see the picture to the right). These two parts are NOT permanently attached. This allows the still to be taken apart to allow for filling, cleaning, and easy storage. However, the upper and lower assemblies must be sealed together before the...
    • Secrets of Moonshining - With Short Mountain Distillery We were recently given the opportunity to interview the good folks at Short Mountain Distillery, in Woodbury, TN. Short Mountain's authentic Tennessee moonshine is a product of the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Billy Kaufman; technical contributions from their master distiller, Josh Smotherman; and a combined 100 years of knowledge and experience from local legends, Ricky Estes and Ron...
    • How to Make Watermelon Moonshine (Step By Step With Pictures)   Watermelon Moonshine Recipe Are you tired of making the same old moonshine recipe? Perhaps you've noticed the early summer bins of watermelons at the entrance of every supermarket or maybe it's harvest time and you have some ripe melons in the garden? If so- don’t waste your time eating them. Get ready to party and make some watermelon moonshine! Below is a detailed watermelon wine recipe...
    • How to Clean a Copper Still Clean Your Copper Still After Assembly So, you finished building your copper still kit? You think you are ready to run that first batch of mash? Well- think again! Before you run that sweet, sweet, wash you need to clean your still. After assembly the still is going to have a lot of flux and bits of solder that need to be removed from the inside of the still.  To clean the inside of the still...
    • Dandelion Moonshine The Incredible, Edible Dandelion Is your yard overrun with dandelions? How about your neighbors? Maybe there is a park or a field nearby that could be mistaken for a commercial dandelion farm? If so, you're in luck. Although most folks consider them weeds, dandelions are actually incredibly useful plants and are actually 100% edible. In this article, we'll teach you how to make dandelion wine ...
    • Casting Call for New TV Show on Hobby Distilling Calling All Hobby Distillers In addition to the interesting customer emails we receive here at Clawhammer Supply, we get all kinds of crazy media inquiries. If you recall, we were recently featured in Popular Mechanics magazine. How about that, a hobbyist distillation equipment company being featured in one of the oldest and most popular magazines in the US. We thought that was about as crazy ...
    • Distillery Equipment Guide Clawhammer Supply started selling copper moonshine stills in 2009 and hasn't looked back since. We've become one of the most visited sites on the web on the topics of distillation equipment, making fuel alcohol, and making moonshine whiskey. We know you work hard for your money (we work hard too). That's why we engineered our still lineup to be as high quality, yet as affordable as possible. W...
    • Distillery Equipment Overview Copper Pot Stills Although pot stills were developed hundreds of years ago and their design is relatively simple, they're still used to produce some of the finest whiskies in the world. Traditionally, copper pot stills were commonly made using 100% copper. Originally, stills were likely made from copper because it was readily available, very malleable and easy to form, and conducts heat bett...
    • Making Moonshine: Still Temperature We recommend reading Making Moonshine - The Dummies' Guide prior to this article, as it provides a good overview of the topic of distillation. If you're already familiar with the basics, read on! The Boiling Temperature of Ethanol We get a lot of questions about distillation and temperature. If you've read anything about distilling you might have come across information stating that the boili...
    • How to Make a Small Copper Still - 1 Gallon If you're looking instructions on how to make a small copper still or if you're simply trying to find a small copper still for sale, you're in the right place. In this video we show you exactly how to build a 1 gallon still by building one from start to finish on video. The entire process is shown using time-lapse photography. If you would like to purchase the parts needed to build this exact s...
    • Clawhammer Supply - As Seen In Popular Mechanics Moonshine News Clawhammer Supply has officially made it to the big time. We're featured in the April, 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics. Fittingly, we made it into the "bikes and beer" section. We love both bikes and beer and we're proud to help them take that little section to the next level by featuring some distillation equipment. To pick up a copy of the issue, visit the magazine isle of you...
    • Whiskey Recipes - Grains, Proof, and Aging Whiskey Recipe Basics Whiskey is made from a variety of different grains including barley, rye, wheat and corn. Different types of whiskies use different types of grains. For example, Bourbon must contain at least 51% corn. Single grain scotch is made with 100% malted barley. Read on for more information on whiskey styles and recipes.   First Things First - Malted Grains Malted grains are a...
    • Making Moonshine - Fermentation and Yeast Fermentation and Yeast Yeast is the single most important ingredient in the whiskey making process. Why? Well, remember, the process of distillation does not make alcohol, it only concentrates alcohol to increase the proof. Alcohol is made during the fermentation process, and fermentation is made possible by combining two critical ingredients: sugar and yeast. So without yeast, there would b...
    • Vintage Distillery Plans Distillery Plans Now this is a centerfold... This diagram shows the layout of what was once the world's largest distillery. It's actually an illustration of the Hiram Walker Distillery in Ontario Canada. This is not to be confused with the folks that make Johnnie Walker. Johnnie Walker is made in Scotland by the Diageo company. The Hiram Walker Distillery actually made (and still does make) Ca...
    • The Craft of Whiskey Distilling - Free eBook The Craft of Whiskey Distilling - Free eBook Whether you're looking to open up a distillery, want to make your own moonshine whiskey down in the hollar, or simply like reading up on the topic of alcoholic beverages, you're going to want to know about this awesome free eBook we've uncovered.  Back in 2009 The American Distilling Institute put together an awesome free eBook titled The Craft of W...
    • Moonshine - Your Grandpa Called it "Water" The Times They Are a-Changin'... Your Grandpa and his buddies didn't sit around watching football while nursing 4% abv beer. No sirree. They went out in the yard knocked each other around until drinking their 150 proof firewater wasn't a luxury, it was a necessity. Your Grandpa didn't sit in front of a computer screen dipping Oreo's into his tear filled glass of milk while surfing match.com, tr...
    • Making Moonshine - The Dummies' Guide What is Distillation? Distillation separates chemicals by taking advantage of differences in boiling temperatures. Moonshiners make high proof alcohol by using distillation to separate alcohol from water. Note, distillation does not produce alcohol; it only concentrates the alcohol that is already present.  Distillation is actually the last step in the process of making moonshine. In the fi...
    • How to Use a Hydrometer What Is a Hydrometer? A Hydrometer is a scientific tool that we can use to determine how much alcohol is in the mash. It basically measures the density of liquid in relation to water. There are 2 types of hydrometers: brewing and distilling. If you are looking to distill spirits you should own both a brewing hydrometer and a spirit hydrometer, as they are calibrated differently. You can't us...
    • Making Moonshine - How to Know when Fermentation is Finished: Part 2 This is part 2 of our article series on how to tell when fermentation is complete. Click here to check out How to Know When Fermentation is Finished - Part 1 Monitoring Fermentation - The Scientific Way So you followed our recommendations on the equipment distillation guide and you purchased yourself a beer hydrometer, a hydrometer test jar, and a beer sampler. You now are looking at your n...
    • 10 Reasons to Not Make Moonshine - Part 2 This is part 2 of our article on the top 10 reasons you should NOT make moonshine. Click here to check out 10 Reasons to Not Make Moonshine - Part 1. 6. The Feds Will Have Access to Your Personal Information Federal rules require some manufacturers of distillation equipment to keep record of customer names and information. Clawhammer Supply is currently NOT required to provide information to ...
    • Making Moonshine - How to know when fermentation is finished: Part 1 So you have 5 gallons of delicious corn mash fermenting in your basement and your Clawhammer moonshine still has been assembled and cleaned. You already read our article Bourbon, Whiskey, Vodka and Moonshine - How Much Yeast? and you added the correct amount of healthy yeast. Now you need to know how to tell when it's done fermenting. Fermentation Variables There are a few variables that can ...
    • Moonshine: As American as Apple Pie Moonshine, or high-proof distilled spirit, has an important place in American culture. In fact, it has a history as old as the country itself. After the American Revolution, the U.S. placed a high tax on spirits. Americans weren't happy with this, especially after having just escaped high taxes imposed by the British. As a result, many people just completely ignored the tax. Moonshine was also ...
    • Bourbon, Whiskey, Vodka and Moonshine - How Much Yeast? We get a lot of questions about yeast. Everyone seems to want to know how much yeast is needed for making 5 or 10 gallons of mash. If you have read The Best Yeasts for Distilling you know that we are very fond of bread yeast. We have found over the years that bread yeast can easily produce as much alcohol as other yeasts if used correctly. The question we hear a lot is "How much yeast do I nee...
    • 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Make Moonshine - Part 1 1. Making Moonshine is Illegal It's true, federal law prohibits distillation of alcohol without the proper permits, even if it's just for personal use. Each state also has its own set of laws, which vary considerably. That's the bad news. The good news is that a federal fuel alcohol permit is available. Some states offer fuel alcohol permits as well. You'll need both if that's the route you're...
    • Corn Whiskey Recipe If you're looking for instructions on how to make corn whiskey moonshine, you're in the right place. Following is a detailed corn whiskey moonshine recipe, illustrated with pictures. If you like it, make sure to check out our other articles on making moonshine. Mashing Equipment First, making corn whiskey mash is pretty simple. You could get by with less, but having the following basic eq...
    • Rum Kit Instructions Clawhammer Rum Kit Instructions Once again we have been hard at work in the Clawhammer test kitchen. We have been researching rum and perfecting our rum recipe. We have read every book available, talked with professional rum distillers, and tweaked our recipe to make it just perfect. I let one of my craft distilling acquaintances taste my rum and he loved it. We love it too and think that thi...
    • Moonshine, Mason Jars, and Other Pretty Things... Mason Jars Full of Moonshine We've been meaning to add more pictures of moonshine stills and mason jars to the site for a while now. Why? Well, you know what they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." In the spirit of shortcuts we're going to upload a dozen or so pictures and save ourselves a lot of words. Enjoy! A Quart Jar of Spring Moonshine Delight Here's a quart jar full of moonshine...
    • How to Make Your Own Aged Whiskey Barrel Aged Whiskey White Whiskey There are a lot of different names for moonshine. White dog, white lightning, and mountain dew are among the more popular terms used to describe homemade spirits. What do these names have in common? Well, they hint at the fact that moonshine is typically crystal clear and typically doesn't have the dark caramel color that store bought whiskey does. Aged Whi...
    • The Best Yeasts for Distilling Distillers Yeast Review We get a lot of questions about yeast. Folks want to know "which yeasts are the best" for making high quality whiskey and other spirits. Admittedly, our experience with distillers yeasts is somewhat limited. We found a yeast we liked using a while back and stuck with it. We hadn't really done much side by side experimentation with other yeasts...until recently. We deci...