Moonshine for Home Distillation: Types, Features, Preparation

Moonshine for Home Distillation: Types, Features, Preparation

Moonshine for Home Distillation: Types, Features, Preparation

Types of Moonshine: Since yeast can process sucrose, fructose, and glucose, any ingredients containing these types of sugar can be used to make moonshine. Therefore, moonshine is divided into varieties based on the raw material used for its preparation. The following types of moonshine are distinguished:

  • Sugar Moonshine:

    • Definition: Sugar moonshine is called classic because it is the simplest, most accessible, and common way of preparing raw materials for the future beverage. However, the moonshine obtained from sugar moonshine has one drawback: it forms too many fusel oils, requiring the distillate to undergo a long and thorough filtration and purification.
    • Use of a Lens: Using our lens during distillation will help you obtain a product without an unpleasant odor.
  • Fruit-Berry Moonshine:

    • Preparation: Making moonshine from fruits or berries allows you to get a drink with a delicate taste and aroma, preserving the organoleptic properties of the raw material. However, despite the attractive prospect of obtaining such a tasty drink, make sure you are really ready to prepare fruit or berry moonshine, as this raw material requires careful and meticulous processing.
    • Factors Affecting Fermentation: Factors such as excessive or insufficient sugar content, increased acidity, and excess pectin content can interfere with the fermentation of the raw material. Low sugar content in fruits may require additional sugar. The sugar content in the juice of the fruits or berries you want to use as raw material should be measured, and only based on the obtained values should you start preparing the mash.
  • Grain (Starchy) Moonshine:

    • Taste Qualities: The taste qualities of a drink made from grain raw materials, like fruit or berry moonshine, often surpass the taste of plain sugar moonshine. However, obtaining grain moonshine also requires more effort and expenses than obtaining classic moonshine. The technology of its preparation is more complicated because the sugar in the grain is enclosed in the grain shell in the form of starch molecules (hence the name starchy). This prevents yeast from accessing it for fermentation, so malt or enzymes that break down large starch molecules into small sugar molecules are required. The same effect can be achieved using amylase and glucoamylase enzymes, which, like malt, convert starch into sugar.

Note: It is essential to emphasize the importance of responsible and legal distillation practices. Distilling alcohol without the necessary permits may be illegal in many jurisdictions. Always adhere to the laws and regulations governing the production of alcoholic beverages in your area.

Posted on 2023-12-11 0 255

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