You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. However if the horse leads you to it’s stall, you can make moonshine. That is because you can actually use horse feed to make sweet feed moonshine.
This makes sense since to make moonshine you really just need anything with starches or sugars in order to ferment into alcohol. In fact, moonshine’s origins in the United States were in Pennsylvania and other grain-producing states. The term actually refers to ‘the light of the moon’ since early moonshiners had to work by the light of the moon to avoid detection from the local authorities.
Nowadays anyone with a horse and a quality distillery kit can make their own high quality spirits at home. Don’t own a horse? Make friends with a local farmer. You are sure to soon become a favorite around the farm. Even if you are not living in the country, accessing sweet feed is easily done online.
Using sweet feed to make moonshine is a great recipe for beginners. This is because the horse mash is fairly straightforward to make and ferment when compared with other recipes. This easy recipe is fun to make and produces great results!
What Does a Sweet Feed Moonshine Taste Like?
Sweet feed gets its name from the molasses included in the feed. The molasses included in the recipe gives the moonshine a slightly sweet flavor reminiscent of rum. It is important to use sweet feed without pellets or to remove pellets by hand from the mixture. While most pellets may be harmless, they can alter the final taste of your moonshine.
Make your own Moonshine at Home
Thanks to the popularity of the Discovery TV series Moonshiners, more and more people are taking the plunge to make their own spirits at home.
However, all products for making moonshine are not created equally. Investing in a quality moonshine distillery kit is an economical way to test your hand at this fun and popular hobby.
For beginners, we suggest this Easy to Use Stovetop Kit which includes everything you need to make your own alcohol, distilled water and even essential oils. It has hoses to connect to your tap and can be used on an induction or regular stovetop.
Creating your own moonshine is a fun way to craft and perfect your own recipes to share with family and friends. A great way to celebrate with friends with spirits you crafted using your own recipe blends. Have the perfect drink every time.
The Perfect Sweet Feed Moonshine Recipe
Ready to get started? The first step is to gather all your necessary materials and ingredients.
- Boiling pot: You can use a copper or stainless steel pot. Copper is better at conducting heat and will remove sulfides which will result in a better tasting end product. However, copper is much more expensive.
- Mixing spoon: Consider the volume of mash you will be making and make sure your spoon is big enough to properly combine your ingredients.
- Fermentation Bucket: Make sure to use a fermentation bucket with enough space for your mash to grow.
- 10 lbs of sweet feed
- 5 lbs of sugar
- 1 small packet of distillers yeast
- 5 gallons of water
Let’s get started. First let’s start by making the mash.
This recipe makes a sugar syrup by adding the sugar to boiled water and then adding it to the mash. This is a good way to make sure the sugar is fully dissolved before adding it to the feed.
Add one gallon of water to your pot and bring to a boil. Once the water has reached 100° F it is time to add your sugar. Remove the pot from heat and add your sugar slowly. Stir the mixture well to make sure it is completely dissolved.
Add the remaining four gallons of water into the fermentation bucket. Stir in 10lbs of sweet feed. Mix well.
Once the sweet feed and water have been fully incorporated you can add the sugar syrup. Mix the contents together fully.
Use your thermometer to test the temperature of your mixture. Once your mixture has reached between 75° F and 85° F you are able to add your yeast.
Add the entire packet of yeast and stir. Then add a lid to your mixture. Make sure your mash has room to grow in your bucket. If not, transfer to a larger bucket. Put the airlock in place.
Congratulations! You have now made your mash. Now it is time to transfer your bucket to a dark room and let the fermentation process begin. Let your mash ferment for 14 days.
Now it is time to Distill your Sweet Feed Moonshine!
Once your mash has fermented for 14 days, it is time to separate the mash. It is important to separate the solids (mash) from the liquids (wash) before we start the actual distilling process. To separate these two you can use a cheesecloth or a siphon tube.
Once you have your wash you can distill as usual. Follow the included instructions included in your distillery kit for best results. Moonshine can be jarred for later use or consumed right away. The actual proof of your spirit will vary with the distillery process used.
What is the Best Pairing for Sweet Feed Moonshine?
As sweet feed moonshine often has a sweet aftertaste it is a great after dinner spirit. However, with its roots firmly planted on the farm many consider the best way to consume this recipe to be in the great outdoors!
Making your own moonshine may seem like an intimidating task. However, with the right equipment it is a fun and easy hobby that is sure to be a winner among your family and friends. Once you get the basics of moonshining down, you can experiment and really make the spirits your own. It is a great way to get creative in the kitchen.
Have you tried sweet feed moonshine? Let us know in the comments! Do you love sweet moonshine? Try our apple recipe next!