How to Make Honey Moonshine
Here is one of our favorite recipes of all time: Honeyshine. It's basically a no frills distilled mead, but it packs a powerful punch and tastes great. We've grown accustomed to using wildflower honey because it has more complexity than clover honey. However, clover honey will lend its own unique taste to the final product and may taste even better than wildfower. Giver er a try and tell us what you think.
We purchase honey from a local producer and get it for roughly $75 per gallon. This makes honey whiskey about the most expensive home distillation project one can undertake, but its darn good and is definitely worth the cost and the effort.
Honey Whiskey Recipe
1 gallon of honey
5 gallons of water
Super Start distillers yeast
Heat 2.5 gallons of water to 120° F and stir in 1 gallon of honey until completely dissolved.
Add honey water to 2.5 gallons of room temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit) - when combined, final temp should be 95 degrees).
Allow to cool (or cool with wort chiller) and add yeast once liquid temp has dropped to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour back and forth between two containers to aerate.
Transfer to a glass carboy, install air lock, and allow to ferment for at least 2 weeks (maintaining a 70 degree F liquid temp.)
After fermentation allow to settle for 5-7 days.
Siphon into a 5 or 10 gallon copper moonshine still and distill.