Moonshine Still

Welcome to Clawhammer Supply!  We provide kits that include all the parts you need to make your own moonshine still. Our 100% copper moonshine still kits even come with  "how to make a moonshine still" video instructions, located on our videos page. All you need are a few basic tools (we'll tell you which ones) and a sense of adventure, and you're ready to make a part of history.


Moonshine Still Kits


Moonshine Still Kit Assembly Videos

Be sure to check out our moonshine still videos page. Why? Because we've posted our entire "how to make a moonshine still" video series, for your viewing pleasure, for free! The videos will show you how to build moonshine still with a Clawhammer Supply moonshine still kit.


     
   
     Moonshine Still Videos


How to Distill - A 7 Minute Video on How to Make Moonshine

This video shows how to make honey whiskey with one of our copper moonshine still kits.

We love honey moonshine because it's ridiculously easy to make. Heat 2.5 gallons of water to 120 F. while stirring in 1 gallon of honey. Once honey dissolves, add solution to 2.5 gallons of room temperature (70 F.) water. The final result should be 5 gallons of 95 degree honey moonshine mash. Add 3-5 tablespoons yeast and aerate by pouring mash back and forth between two buckets. Transfer to carboy, add air lock, and leave ferment for 2 weeks at room temp (70-75 degrees F). Let it settle then distill in a 5 or 10 gallon moonshine still.



Apple Pie Moonshine - How to make the best batch you'll ever taste.

apple pie moonshineWe've been hard at work in the Clawhammer kitchen, crafting a one-of-a-kind apple pie moonshine recipe that is sure to knock your socks off.

Why have we been working on a recipe for apple pie moonshine spices? Well, for starters it's one of the most legendary backwoods beverages known to the great United States of America. This time tested drink has been around for centuries and there's a reason for that: it tastes great. Also, we get more questions and comments on the topic of apple pie than we do just about anything else. So, by our reckoning, you all asked for it and now we've delivered.

With our new spice kit, you'll be able to make absolutely delicious apple pie moonshine for about half of what it costs to buy in stores and it'll taste twice as good. Is that a deal or what? You can also make it as strong or as weak as you like. Do you want it to be mild enough to pour on your cereal on the morning? You can do that. Or, would you rather make it strong enough to light a fire under someone's behind? That can happen too. However you like it, you can make it. 

What does it taste like? Well, we'd like to think that our apple pie moonshine spice mix tastes a lot like the apple pie your grandma used to make, but with a heck of a kick. However, we'll let you decide.



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