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  • watchthebirdie commented on pdub77's instructable How to make moonshine11 months ago
    How to make moonshine

    Hi Distill Bill. I recommend How to Make Moonshine by RW Marshall. I got a copy on Amazon...it's pretty thorough, and easy to understand. First part of the book is how to and includes corn whiskey recipes. Last half is recipes. Before reading it, I didn't know about using malt or amylase with the corn, but like Marydavet below, I agree, it's needed to convert starch into sugar when fermenting any grains into alcohol.

    Hi creative badger...I've found that those little packets of yeast you can buy at the wine store will be enough to do up to about 5 or 6 gallons of wine, beer or moonshine. You can make a 'starter' but I usually have no problem just adding it. Two things to watch, make sure your must is warm, but not above 90 degrees, and stir vigorously for a couple minutes to oxygenate it, since yeast do 'breathe'. Most yeasts you buy will have instructions for how much to use for a specific volume. I would recommend you stick to a wine or distillers yeast, since they will yield a cleaner flavor and higher alcohol level than bakers yeast or bread yeast. I found a really good book at Amazon called 'How to Master Moonshine' that takes you right through the process and gives lots of recipes too! It answe...see more »Hi creative badger...I've found that those little packets of yeast you can buy at the wine store will be enough to do up to about 5 or 6 gallons of wine, beer or moonshine. You can make a 'starter' but I usually have no problem just adding it. Two things to watch, make sure your must is warm, but not above 90 degrees, and stir vigorously for a couple minutes to oxygenate it, since yeast do 'breathe'. Most yeasts you buy will have instructions for how much to use for a specific volume. I would recommend you stick to a wine or distillers yeast, since they will yield a cleaner flavor and higher alcohol level than bakers yeast or bread yeast. I found a really good book at Amazon called 'How to Master Moonshine' that takes you right through the process and gives lots of recipes too! It answered a lot of my questions that I didn't know before, like turbo yeasts. I found out it will give you up to 20 percent alcohol...I use one pack of turbo yeast, 4 - 2 kg bags of white sugar in about 5 gallons of warm water. It's also faster than other yeasts, hence the name I guess!

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  • watchthebirdie commented on tellumo's instructable How To Make Limoncello11 months ago
    How To Make Limoncello

    I love limoncello and make it often. The one thing I'd caution about is drinking alcohol that's high in proof. It's very strong at 150 proof and up, and should be diluted down to no more than 80 to 100 proof at the most. Another traditional Italian drink closely related to limoncello is crema limoncello which uses milk to make a cream liqueur. I like it even better than regular limoncello. I found the recipe in a book from Amazon called How to Master Moonshine. It has a whole section of recipes so you can make your own liqueurs or liquors...and it also tells you how to make your own alcohol!

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  • How to make Hard Liqour, Wine and Biofuel (E85).

    Hey, thanks for the detailed directions! I've found that another cause of slow fermentation can also be too much cold. When I ferment in my basement in the winter, I have this problem, so I have to move it to a warmer place, like my kitchen. I'm glad you emphasized sterility, since that's very important! As far as yeast, a 'turbo yeast' will give you up to about 20 percent alcohol. I found a great new book called 'How to Master Moonshine' that gives a lot of details on this. There's a whole chapter on freeze distillation that tells you how to concentrate the alcohol without needing a still at all. If you freeze it for a day or so, you can just pour off the alcohol since it won't freeze, but the water will! All you need is a plastic jug! Just use plain sugar, a little yeast energizer or ...see more »Hey, thanks for the detailed directions! I've found that another cause of slow fermentation can also be too much cold. When I ferment in my basement in the winter, I have this problem, so I have to move it to a warmer place, like my kitchen. I'm glad you emphasized sterility, since that's very important! As far as yeast, a 'turbo yeast' will give you up to about 20 percent alcohol. I found a great new book called 'How to Master Moonshine' that gives a lot of details on this. There's a whole chapter on freeze distillation that tells you how to concentrate the alcohol without needing a still at all. If you freeze it for a day or so, you can just pour off the alcohol since it won't freeze, but the water will! All you need is a plastic jug! Just use plain sugar, a little yeast energizer or nutrient, and a champagne or turbo yeast and you can make vodka! If you want other kinds of alcohol, the book has a recipe section so you can make lots of different drinks! I got my copy on Amazon, but I don't know if it's available any where else or not.

    J....I don't think that's accurate. Drinking methanol is a different kind of alcohol than ethanol and is not safe for consumption. It can lead to blindness and even death in larger amounts. I would recommend avoiding any alcohol except ethanol.

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