This Banana moonshine recipe will make you go bananas for its simplicity, cost-effectiveness and of course, the delicious results!
Making moonshine is a great hobby for those who want to learn how to become a little less dependent on ‘big business’ and learn how to create delicious spirits from the comforts of home.
A Drink Rich in History
Of course, moonshinin’ isn’t a new hobby. In fact, this American tradition is older than the USA itself. In fact, fermenting excess grain became popular with early pioneers, particularly those in grain-producing states.
It didn’t take long for farmers to realize that whiskey was worth more than the corn it was produced with. In fact, whiskey soon became an acceptable form of currency. Imagine if that was still available today!
Of course, some things are too good to last. Soon enough it was determined that whiskey should become taxable as a way to help pay for the Revolutionary war.
Soon, a whiskey tax was introduced and making your own spirits became illegal. Would-be distillers now had to go underground in order to avoid detection. And so, with this new ‘whiskey tax’, the term ‘moonshine’ came into existence. It was so named because whiskey was now made by the light of the moon.
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Banana Moonshine Mash
Modern shiners don’t have to worry about hiding their stills out in the woods. In addition to having the ability to use modern stills and conveniences, today’s moonshiners have access to a wide variety of recipes. In fact, with today’s modern conveniences, you can make moonshine out of just about anything-even bananas!
Bananas are a great option for those who want to make a fruit mash without spending a small fortune. One of the best parts about bananas is that they are cheap!
While many fruit recipes can cost you a small fortune (unless you make a deal with a local farmer) making banana moonshine is extremely cost effective.
Not only is making banana moonshine cheap compared to other fruit mashes, it is also cheap when compared with other grain mashes.
Grain-based mashes require a malted barley, usually in addition to cracked corn, in order to make your mash. These two ingredients aren’t terribly expensive when you compare the volume of whiskey they produce.
However, they still can’t touch the economic efficiency of a couple of bunches of bananas. Bananas are also extremely easy to find. On the other hand, cracked corn and malted barley are a bit more of a challenge.
No Need for a Mash Conversion with Banana Moonshine
Not only is making banana moonshine inexpensive, it is also easy. The reason that this recipe is fairly easy is because you don’t have to worry about mash conversion.
When you make moonshine with a grain-based recipe, you need to cook the grain in order to convert it from a grain into a fermentable sugar. With a fruit-based mash like this one, you are able to skip this step which saves a lot of time.
The Right Equipment Makes All the Difference
One of the most intimidating steps of making moonshine is undoubtedly distillation. At How to Moonshine, we make it as simple as possible with our easy to use craft stills and step by step instructions.
We love our Magnum All in One Moonshine Still Kit. This kit has everything you need in order to make quality spirits at home. The Magnum is both a fermentor and a still so you can save money and space in your kitchen.
Is there anything better than an affordable still? How about an affordable still with a 50 litre capacity? This means you can spend more time enjoying your shine and less time running your batches.
Amazing Banana Moonshine Recipe
Banana moonshine is a great option for those who want to try to make a moonshine mash without spending a fortune!
4 bundles bananas
3 Cups sugar
3 quarts water
2 tablespoons yeast
In a large bowl, peel your bananas one bunch at a time and smash with a potato peeler.
As you smash each bundle, place the smashed bananas into a large pot.
Once all the bananas are smushed, add the water and sugar.
Heat the mash between 131°F and 140°F for an hour stirring regularly.
Remove from heat and allow you mash to cool to 70°F.
Pour your mash mixture between your fermentation bucket/vessel and your large pot 10 times to aerate your mixture.
Add an airtight lid and airlock to your ferementation vessel and let it ferment in a cool, dry place for about 14 days or until all of the activity has stopped in your airlock for two days.
Strain well with a cheesecloth and then distill and fractionate.