How to Make a Moonshine Still

Here is our entire "how to make a moonshine still" video series for all to view, for absolutely free.  This video series runs through the process of building our 5 and 10 gallon moonshine still kits, start to finish.  Clawhammer Supply moonshine still kits are designed to be easily assembled by someone with any level experience with sheet metal fabrication and soldering.  The parts are pre-cut and should fit together perfectly.  Soldering may be a bit tricky at first, but we show plenty of examples and give quite a few pointers so even someone with no prior experience can figure it out. We provide our videos for free because we want you to know exactly what you're getting yourself into before you purchase a moonshine still kit from us.
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How to make a moonshine still part 1

This video in the how to make a moonshine still series covers safety and the tools you will need to complete the project.

How to make a moonshine still part 2

This video covers bending tabs on the moonshine still boiler, shaping it, and securing it in order to rivet the boiler together.

How to make a moonshine still part 3

This video covers riveting the boiler, soldering the boiler wall seam, and soldering the bottom into the moonshine still boiler.

How to make a moonshine still part 4

This video covers riveting and soldering the moonshine still vapor cone and attaching it to the boiler.

How to make a moonshine still part 5

This video covers assembling the collar and soldering it to the vapor cone.  It also covers assembling the cap skirt and soldering it to the cap plate.  Note, if you have a 1 gallon moonshine kit, the process will be slightly different.  See this guide for a few additional steps:  Come back to this page and continue with the videos to finish the 1 gallon still after reading the 1 gallon guide.

How to make a moonshine still part 6

This video covers soldering the copper column to the cap plate and skirt and assembling the still condenser.  Note: This still design does NOT need a worm.  Supply cold water to the lower side port on the condensing arm and install a drain hose to the top side port.  Only a trickle of water is needed to condense alcohol vapor inside the discharge pipe. 

How to make a moonshine still part 7

This video covers cleaning and polishing your finished moonshine still.  Note: Don't forget to run a batch of water through the still and leak test it before distilling actual product.


Leak testing a 5 gallon moonshine still.  

Always clean and leak test your still by running a batch of water through it before actually distilling moonshine.  Fire the still on high and look for liquid water leaks in the boiler and vapor leaks at the vapor cone, and column.  Seal the seam between the cap skirt and the collar with rye paste.


How To Distill

Once you're finished building your moonshine still kit, you're ready to distill. Make a mash, let it ferment, and then distill it, as shown in this video on distilling moonshine.