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How to Clean Copper Packing Material

February 9, 2016
Clean and Dry Column Packing Material If you have not read “Increase Final Proof by Packing Still Column,” we recommend giving that a read. Packing a column with copper packing is an easy and cost-effective way to increase the final proof of "moonshine". This not only increases the proof of the final product but also removes... Read more

Lead Free Solder and Copper Distillation Equipment

January 22, 2016
Will the Lead Free Solder on a Copper Still Melt When Heated with a Propane Burner? We get a few emails each week asking this same question. The short answer is no. Heating a still on a propane burner, fire, or an electric hot plate will not melt the solder on a still. The long answer is that... Read more

How to Make Potato Vodka

January 7, 2016 posted in Recipes
At Clawhammer, we pride ourselves on actually trying every recipe we list on our site before it's published. We do that for a couple of reasons. First of all, we want to make sure the recipe actually works. Second, we're always looking for an excuse to screw around in the still house. With that said, we... Read more

How to Build a Copper Still

December 18, 2015
This article describes the process of building an all-purpose copper still. If you have some fabrication experience, you can make your own parts use the following instructions as a guide for assembly.  If you aren’t an experienced fabricator or don’t have the mathematical skills needed to design and make still parts from scratch, don’t worry,... Read more

How to Make Atomic Cherries

December 17, 2015
Atomic Cherries are some of the most fun party favors around. This particular recipe is great to bust out at parties because we use some apple spice to jazz it up a bit. It'll be a great ice-breaker for any gathering. Don't be shy with the proportions. We're just making a small batch here, but recommend making... Read more

How to Make "Moonshine" - The Ultimate Guide

November 12, 2015
1. Get Permits Before making distilled spirits such as "moonshine," you'll need to obtain the proper permits. Distilling water and essential oils is legal on the federal level. However, making fuel alcohol or any type of alcohol for consumption is illegal without proper federal and state permits. If you plan on distilling fuel alcohol, you'll need... Read more

Copper Stills vs. Stainless Steel Stills

October 19, 2015
Copper or stainless? That is the question. It's answered here! If your gut feeling is that there is a clear winner, think again. Each material type presents its own set of trade-offs. The bottom line is that copper is better for some things and stainless is better for others. We'll break down all of the... Read more

Stainless Steel Distillation Equipment

September 28, 2015
All stills are not created equally. There is a big difference between copper and stainless steel stills. There can also be a significant difference between different stainless steel stills. If you're looking to buy a stainless steel still there are a few things you'll want to consider. Below is a guide to stainless steel distillation equipment.... Read more

How to Make Pineapple Moonshine

July 15, 2015 posted in Recipes
Toes in the sand, a warm summer breeze, palm trees swaying and a cold drink in your hand, a perfect summer daydream. Wherever you may be in the world, summertime is prime time for tropical flavors. These flavors often come in some of your favorite seasonal tropical fruits, especially the oh-so-sweet n’ tasty Pineapple. The... Read more

How to Make Blackberry Moonshine

July 14, 2015 posted in Recipes
Infusing is a great way to add amazing flavor to moonshine and it is also a very simple and rewarding process. Berry season is upon us and blackberry infused moonshine is certainly a great summer treat. This article will show the best way to make blackberry moonshine in just a few simple steps. Impress family and... Read more

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