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March 27, 2013 posted in Recipes

How to Make Honey "Moonshine" - AKA: "Honeyshine"

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 Moonshine Whiskey

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).

      • harveys honey in jersey $160 for 5 gallon bucket wildflower honey

        Posted by Phil on July 13, 2014
      • Can you recook the honey mash more than one time?

        Posted by William on June 28, 2014
      • Hi, I have 5ltrs of 40% how much honey should I add to this, Cheers, Peter.

        Posted by Peter McSween on June 16, 2014
      • Hmm. I got less than a quart of clear shine from this recipe. Delicious, yes, but why did it start to turn cloudy? I kept the temperature at 80 degrees.
        I used champagne yeast, was that the error? It is what I use for wine and mead, with great success.

        Posted by Laura Chumley on June 08, 2014
      • What %ABV wash does this recipe make?
        When you say ‘let settle’ are you killing off the yeast at this point or letting the yeast die on its own?

        Posted by theinhibitor on June 04, 2014
      • Thanks for the info. I found the articles and suggestions quite helpful. I just visited a mountain agave moonshine still in a Small Mexican village in Jalisco. Am sharing With them so that they can also learn from this blog. Greetings from México!

        Posted by Héctor Garza on June 01, 2014
      • I got a 10 gallon still from u a long time ago I just started to use it I was wondering how long does it take for 10 gallons to run

        Posted by jason on May 23, 2014

        Posted by Rick Smith on April 17, 2014
      • Go popcorn sutton!

        Posted by Tristin cole best on April 12, 2014
      • I made some apple pie using your recipe loved it. a buddy gave me some that not that good can I run that back threw my pot still and still have some flavor of apple and then try making it into apple pie using your recipe

        Posted by steve mize on April 09, 2014
      • How much yeast I got freshman highly active bread yeast ido I need to use.

        Posted by brandon muzzey on March 19, 2014
      • How do I make Blueberry moonshine and Pineapple???

        Posted by Rick Haney on March 18, 2014
      • Brandy is made by distilling red wine

        Posted by mik on February 25, 2014
      • I get a lot of cranberry sauce from food pantry n neighbors that hate it….ill tell u what tho open ten cans for 5 gallons, heat that up with 10lb sugar…. makes so tasty shine

        Posted by steve on February 22, 2014
      • I ran this recipe and it came out clear where your photo shows honey color is this normal?

        Posted by Scott on February 18, 2014
      • how much yeast do you add to the honey shine? i cannot get distillers yeast only turbo yeast where i live. so i was thinking bread yeast for flavour.

        Posted by Daren on February 13, 2014
      • Y’all, agave would be tequila and anything 50% agave and above is.consider tequila. And rum, its easy. The keyis molasses, about the same rules apply to.rum as tequila. 50% and up molasses is rum, silver rum but rum indeed. And brandy is apple based whiskey, use your imagination here, you’ve seen the past two cases which show the most basic run down of tequila amd rum. Just make sure you do some research with the ether and eldihyde (often in fruits with lots of pectin) content, how to determine if they’re present and just to expand your knowledge and lessen easily Google-able questions and should I say “warranty voids”

        Posted by snowy on February 12, 2014

        Posted by steve sheckells on February 08, 2014
      • How much yeast will I need to add to the honey shine recipe?

        Posted by Josh webb on January 31, 2014
      • just wondering if you have news letter ? if so e-mail me

        Posted by don varner on January 19, 2014

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