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June 17, 2014
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Strawberry Moonshine Recipe

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How to Make Strawberry Moonshine

How to Make Strawberry Moonshine

Making 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 American Home Distillers Association put together this awesome tutorial on how to make strawberry moonshine. We'll do a quick summary here, but you should head on over to their website to check out the full version of the article. We helped them with this project and it turned out great.

Ingredients:

  • 20 pounds of ripe strawberries
  • 1.5 pounds of raisins
  • 1-3 pounds of cane sugar
  • 2 packets of bread yeast

Strawberry Brandy Mash Process:

  1. Rinse the strawberries with clean water: this will reduce the potential of an infection from  wild yeast or bacteria on the fruit.
  2. Remove the green tops from the strawberries: the green tops can add bitterness to the mash.
  3. Remove any rotten or spoiled strawberries.
  4. Blend the strawberries once the tops have been removed- be careful to remove all rotten berries.
  5. While blending the berries, add raisins to the mix a little bit at a time- do this until all 1.5 pounds have been blended.
  6. Dump the blended strawberries from the blender into a clean and sanitized food safe bucket. Use a brewing bucket with gallon marks on it so you can monitor how many gallons of puree you have.
  7. Once you have collected 2.5 gallons of strawberry puree transfer to your boil kettle.
  8. Add 3 gallons of water to the 2.5 gallons of strawberry puree.
  9. Take a specific gravity reading of the mash- you will need to use a brix refractometer as the mash will be too thick for a hydrometer.
  10. The Strawberry mash should have a specific gravity reading around 1.024 which would yield around 3.5% ABV.
  11. Add sugar 1 pound at time until you reach a starting gravity of 1.054, as this will yield around an 8% starting alcohol (before distilling).
  12. Make sure you stir the mixture really well after you add sugar and before you take another brix reading.
  13. Heat the Mash to 160 degrees- this should kill most wild yeast and bacteria.
  14. Once the mash has reached 160 degrees use a wort chiller to cool the mash to 70 degrees.
  15. Once the mash is at 80 degrees start making your yeast starter.
  16. Once the mash is cooled to 70 degrees transfer it to your fermentation vessel.
  17. Add the yeast starter to the fermenter.
  18. Add a sterilized airlock to the fermenter.
  19. Ferment in a dark place around 70 degrees.
  20. Strain liquid and remove pulp before or while transferring into a still. Leave plenty of head space in the still, being careful not to fill the vapor cone with liquid.
  21. Complete a stripping run on high heat.
  22. Complete a spirit run using low heat,
  23. Discard foreshots and heads, keep hearts for drinking, save tails for future feints runs.
  24. Add hearts to pint jars packed with fresh strawberries. Age for a week before drinking.

Again, this is just a summary of the detailed strawberry moonshine recipe tutorial. The full article contains more details and pictures of every step. Click on the image below to go to the write-up by the American Home Distiller's Association. Or if strawberry isn't your flavor, check out the rest of our moonshine recipes.

Strawberry Moonshine Tutorial

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Curious what proof it will be once ran the first time

    Posted by Doug on April 20, 2022
  • With respect !!!

    Posted by mamaligadoc on December 29, 2020
  • What does “degrees” mean in reference to alcohol content?

    Posted by MIller on April 13, 2020
  • I’ve always heated the puree with the sugar up to 160 and clean cold water after. That cools the mix down enough to add the yeast right away.

    Posted by John on March 02, 2020
  • Wash the fruit in this case strawberries with 1 part white vinagar and 10 parts water tap, well or distilled makes no difference. Rinse well then process. vinegar mixture kill the mold etc. Perserves all fruit too loo

    Posted by Kurt on December 26, 2019
  • You guys have helped me learn to make people happy love this site as much as ole popcorn .

    Posted by Scott on September 19, 2018
  • You leave it sit ’til the airlock stops bubbling. Then the yeast have stopped eating sugar, peeing alcohol and belching co2

    Posted by rural survivor on June 10, 2016
  • how long do i let it ferminat befor runner

    Posted by ironman on April 06, 2016
  • Love making fruit brandy my dad and granddad made it.it is a dying art.

    Posted by mack kennan on October 31, 2015
  • How many days do u let strawberry pulp set r ferminat before running it odf

    Posted by tim nabors on July 02, 2015
  • Have still in shed out back. Produce upon request for friends and family. Believe it is a lost art and should be preserved for the betterment of mankind. Would truely love to explain to others my commitment to the trade and could reveal some of my production secrets and stories.
    Posted by JRW on November 02, 2014
  • Greg:
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/brix-converter/

    Posted by Denny on October 13, 2014
  • I checked out your strawberry moonshine tutorial and was wondering, could you follow the same steps and process with peaches as you would the strawberry’s?

    Posted by Tony Lynn on September 05, 2014
  • http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brix-specific-gravity-refractometer-with-atc.html

    Converts to gravity for under $60

    Posted by Earl on August 01, 2014
  • You suggest brix but give gravity. Do you have the brix values or a conversion formula?

    Posted by Greg on June 18, 2014

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