There has never been a wonderful feeling than the feeling that the weekend is around the corner and all that is left to do is to relax and catch up with the society around. These may involve hanging out with your friends and in the process having some few drinks in the process is a must do activity. However most of us do not understand the making of the drinks in which we take. This article guides you through the making of an ‘old’ brew known as the Moonshine.
When the name moonshine pops up in your mind in sparks memories of the upcountry and the dem days before the coming of the modern drinks. It also brings the memoirs of how an old mother or man used to wake up early to make the drink so that when the customers comes calling the Moonshine would be ready. But the question is how is this famous liquor made?
The making of Moonshine is an art that requires following of simple steps and guidelines. The overall process entails distillation and fermentation but care should be taken to ensure it is not methanol that is produced rather than ethanol otherwise referred to as alcohol. The first process is to prepare a special liquid known as the wash. A wash is basically clean water mixed with sugar and kept in cool place for sometime after which the process of distillation comes.
After preparing a wash, the concoction is distilled so that any impurities can be removed from the wash. A point to note is that ordinary sugar is the most recommended ingredient in making the wash because it gives your moonshine tat unique taste. Now we have our distilled wash which is then poured in a big glass or a pot. Yeast is then added to the wash a process popularly known as Fermentation. This process entails conversion of the sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide by the yeast that was added. The process is rather a longer process and thus takes some time in order for the alcohol to be produced. It takes on average 5-7 days so that a consumable percentage can be arrived at. Care should also be taken not to achieve high percentage of alcohol which is deadly for example 90%.
The next process after fermentation is distillation. This is where the fermented liquid is distilled and watered down to reduce the percentage of the alcohol from say 90% to 40% which is a little bit of the moonshine that is required. That is basically the making of moonshine and is ready for use. Now having said earlier that white sugar is the most preferable ingredient for making moonshine does don mean it is the only item; brown sugar, molasses, raw sugar are others that can be fermented into moonshine. They all contain high level of sugar that can make products like rotgut, rum and some special type of vodka.
Grain seeds can also be used to make bourbon or whiskey (scotch). This is because they contain starch that can be converted to sugar by special enzymes during germination. The whole process of distillation and fermentation is then applied to make the spirit popularly known as grain based spirit. That entails the general overview of making moonshine. Read this full tutorial of making moonshine