Make lip-smacking blackberry moonshine easily with this simple step-by-step recipe!
One of the biggest misconceptions about moonshine is the fact that many think this craft spirit is hard to drink or tastes terrible. In fact, the opposite is true! While moonshine may be correctly known as a strong drink, its taste can vary widely.
The reason for this is the fact that moonshine can be made of a wide variety of ingredients. While traditionally moonshine is made from corn, it can actually be made from any type of fermentable sugar. This means that you can convert starch into sugar (you can even make moonshine from cereal!) but you can also use fruit and even sugar.
Can you Make Moonshine from Sugar?
In fact, using sugar as a base for moonshine, (also called sugar shine) is a simple and popular option if you plan on infusion your moonshine to add flavor. This technique has gained a lot of support because it is cheap (you can make a gallon for under $5) and it is easy.
Another reason this method for making moonshine is popular is that it eliminates the need to fractionate your moonshine. Fractionating your yield of moonshine is normally essential to avoid getting sick from drinking the by-products often produced by moonshine.
Fractionating moonshine can be intimidating to a novice moonshiner, since it relies on monitoring the temperature of your shine as it is distilled. Fortunately, sugar shine does not require fractionating so it is a good option for someone just getting started with moonshining, or who wants a simple method for making spirits.
Infused Blackberry Moonshine or Blackberry Moonshine?
As previously mentioned, moonshine can be made out of almost anything. However, infusing sugar shine rather than making moonshine out of your preferred flavor is almost always the easier method.
Of course, moonshine is not the only base that can be infused. Many spirit enthusiasts also enjoy distilling cheap wine into brandy and then adding fruit infusions.
For this recipe, we will be using our sugar shine base and then adding a blackberry fruit infusion. Of course, this is not a recipe that can be made in a single day. This is a recipe that will take some time, even if your moonshine is already prepared.
Easy Sugar Shine Recipe
This recipe will make enough sugar shine to infuse about 1 gallon of moonshine. A great trick is to use this recipe to make many different flavor infusions and fill your bar with delicious spirits for less.
- 13 cups of filtered water
- 1 kg of sugar
- One packet of breast yeast
The Right Equipment Makes All the Difference
Making your own moonshine can be as easy or as complicated as you desire. For those looking for a straightforward method for making craft spirits, distilled water, and essential oil, we recommend our Mist 1 Gallon Air Still. This still is about the size of your average kitchen kettle but its output is a lot more fun! Its plug-and-play design means that you can get great quality spirits at the press of a button. In fact, it only takes about two hours of time and absolutely no water to distill your water, spirits, or essential oils.
- Mist 1 Gallon Air Still
- Cooking thermometer
Sugar Shine Recipe Instructions:
- Add 8 cups of filtered water to a pot and boil gently. Try not to exceed 120°F.
- Reserve 2 TSP of sugar for your yeast starter
- Add the rest of the sugar slowly. Add a small amount. Stir to dissolve and then add more.
- Once all of the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat
To Make your Yeast Starter:
½ cup warm water
2 tsp sugar
1 package of bread yeast
- Add warm water and sugar to a small bowl and stir to dissolve sugar.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, add the bread yeast.
- Stir well to incorporate.
- Once the mixture is well incorporated, cover with plastic wrap and a dishtowel.
- Let sit for about five minutes or until the mixture has doubled in size.
Place your sugar shine into a larger bowl (or sink) of ice water to cool it. Take it out once the temperature reaches about 85 °F.
- Add five cups of cold filtered water to your fermenting vessel.
- Add your sugar shine mash
- Add your yeast starter
- Place the lid on the fermenting vessel and shake well for about 10 seconds.
- Put water in your airlock and place it on the lid of your fermenting vessel
- Allow to ferment until all activity stops in the airlock. This usually takes about two weeks.
Once all activity has stopped in the airlock, you can pour your mash into your air still to ferment. This process takes about two hours.