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8 cups Apple Juice; 8 cups Apple Cider; 1 jar McCormick Cinnamon Sticks; 1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar; 3/4 cup Brown Sugar; Apples; 2 1/2 cups Everclear.
5 qt pot; measuring cups, masion jars, funnel to fill jars
Add the Apple Juice, Apple cider, White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Sticks .... Stir and bring to a boil.
Bring to a rapid boil for approx. 5-7 minutes. Then remove from heat and let COMPLETELY COOL to room temperature.
Make sure it has COOLED COMPLETELY DOWN before you add the Everclear. If you do not you will boil out some of the alcohol.
At this time when you are filling the jars you can add one of the cinnamon sticks or apple slices to each jar or not.
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I let mine sit in a 60degree cave for about a month, before its consumed.
You might want to double check that. Beer and wine, sure, that's true, but Distilled spirits, requires federal oversight, and a hefty fee, plus collection of taxes, and major headaches.
Always seemed to me, that it's the sugar stuff that gives the headaches. Not the hootch, by itself.
If it's taxed, and legal, it may be corn liquor, but it ain't 'shine.
City slickers want to think they are drinking 'shine. Who cares what they call it, so long as they ain't selling it as the real thing. Let 'em believe what they may.
Personally, I prefer my hootch be enjoyed straight. That's why I use Everclear, when folks expect Apple pie. Who wants their hootch spoiled by all that fruit?
The ingredients that I believe it was meant to be where:8 Cups Apple Juice8 Cups Apple Cider1 Jar Cinnamon Sticks1 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar3/4 Cup White SugarApples2 1/2 cups EverclearI did my batch that way and it came out awesome. I did tweak a couple of things that made the mix taste richer in the apple pie flavor.
what exactly did you tweak to make it taste richer i would really like to get my batch just right
Nutmeg and cloves help with the Apple pie flavor.
My version of this recipe, is 2 gallons apple cider, 2 gallons Apple juice, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 20 cinnamon sticks, 1-Tbsp nutmeg, 1-Tbsp Ground cloves, 3-1.75 L Everclear, 1-1.75 L Mellow Corn Bonded Corn Liquor. Otherwise, the same recipe, made the same, should garner a product in the 80 proof range. This is a "get you tore up, from the floor up" recipe.
You could also add a couple of cloves and a few pinches of allspice to enhance the flavor.
Last time I had homemade 'shine pie it had a cinnamon stick, a slice of apple, and one of lemon in the jar, too. I didn't make it. I just drank it. I think.
Oh. And thanks for putting it together as an Instructable. Even if some people think it's imperfect, your effort serves as a helpful place for information, debate, and suggestions. And more recipes.
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