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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 wildflower honey or honey of choice
- 5 gallons of water
- Super Start distillers yeast or yeast of choice
- Heat 2.5 gallons of water to 160° F and stir in 1 gallon of honey until completely dissolved.
- Add an additional 2.5 gallons of room temperature water to the honey solution.
- Cool to 70F using an immersion chiller.
- Aerate by pouring mash back and forth between two buckets.
- Add yeast of choice
- Add 2.5 teaspoons of yeast nutrient (Follow the directions on the label)
- Transfer to a glass carboy, install air lock, and allow to ferment around 70 F for at least 2 weeks or until it is finished fermenting. Check out 'Making Moonshine - How to Know when Fermentation is Finished: Part 2' for information on fermentation.
- After fermentation is finished allow to settle for 10-14 days.
- Siphon (do not pour) into a 5 or 10 gallon copper moonshine still. Do not fill vapor cone with liquid.
- Distill, making sure to toss foreshots, heads, and tails.
- Make extremely tight heads and tails cuts if you plan on drinking un-aged.
- Be tight with heads cut but more liberal with tails cuts if you are planning on following aging instructions below.
- Age for 2-3 weeks using lightly toasted american oak chips
- Add a tiny bit of honey to the finished product
- Note, this will make final product slightly cloudy. Lightly filter to remove haze (only if you absolutely must).