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March 18, 2014

Clawhammer Supply - As Seen In Popular Mechanics

Moonshine News

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 your local grocery store or head on over to the Popular Mechanics website.

Here's what they had to say:

Neighbor acting smug about making his own beer? His hobby might require basic chemistry smarts - yours takes chemical and mechanical prowess. You can order everything you need to build your own mountain-dew-maker at - the site even has a primer on the legality of moonshine, which really is worth reading. All you need is a plumbing torch, soldering tools, and a free afternoon.


1 Gallon Copper Moonshine Still


  • I would like to turn the 10gal still into a working still.

    Posted by joesph strnad on December 24, 2014
  • JOE GRAY- Use regular lead free solder unless you are experienced with silver solder- I have seen a lot of folks ruin copper trying to silver solder (burning holes into the copper). As long as you have liquid in the still there will be no issues with lead free solder.
    Posted by StillDaddy on October 20, 2014
  • would using silver solder be better. or would the high temps hurt the copper.

    Posted by joe gray on October 20, 2014
  • STILLDADDY is absolutely correct. I found out the hard way. After cleaning from one run to the next I thought I would dry out my 5 gallon. Ended up with a silver puddle on the floor. Oops. In the process of mending.

    Posted by FL Shiner on July 22, 2014
  • The only way the solder will melt is if you put the still on the burner without any liquid in it. If you have liquid in your still (which I would hope is the case) the temperature not even close to the melting point of solder.

    Posted by StillDaddy on March 20, 2014
  • I have been reading throughout yor site. I have seen this same comment with no answer noted. With having used solder to construct the boiler tank, will using a propane outdoor stove cause the solder on the bottom of the tank to remelt??

    Posted by Jesse Klapheke on March 20, 2014

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