While many purchase moonshine stills to get the newest and most efficient models on the market, others prefer to collect the stills of legends. Check out Jim Tom moonshine stills for sale.
Moonshining has been gaining a lot of popularity, but it is certainly not a new pastime. In fact, fermenting fruit into wine has been traced back to ancient times.
Many of the early pioneers of the United States (especially in grain producing areas) fermented their grain as a way to make their harvests more profitable.
With so much US history tied into moonshine many up and coming shiners want to pay homeage to those who helped pioneer the hobby.
Who is Jim Tom?
Jim Tom is a legendary still builder in the Appalachian moonshine industry. If you are ever lucky enough to spend time with this shiner, he would likely entertain you for hours with his personal life stories.
With such a well-respected reputation in the moonshine industry, it is no wonder people are often looking to see if they can get their hands on a Jim Tom Moonshine still.
He has become one of the most skilled still makers out there not only builds his own stills, but also creates handcrafted spirits. These high-end spirits are considered premium items throughout southern states like Tennessee.
Jim Toms Moonshine Stills For Sale
Although he does not directly sell his stills you can see his line of moonshine here - https://www.sugarlands.com/legend/jim-tom-hedrick/
Like many famous shiners, you can choose to purchase their moonshine, or even better, learn how to make it yourself.
Learning to make moonshine is a great hobby because there are so many ways for your hobby to grow as you continue to learn.
There are super simple moonshine recipes such as sugar shine, which are perfect for beginners.
With simple step by step recipes, anyone can learn how to make their own moonshine and enjoy homemade spirits at home.
Best Moonshine Still for Beginners
In addition to easy to follow recipes, there are also easy to use stills.
When it comes to the perfect still for beginners, you can't get more user-friendly than the Mist 1 Gallon Airstill.
The Mist is about the size of your kitchen kettle and just as easy to use. With its plug and play teachnology, the Mist can give you moonshine at the press of a button.
Of course, with a simple still also comes a simple moonshine. The good news is there are many moonshine recipes available. As you develop your moonshine skills, you can attempt more and more complex recipes with better and better results.
The Best Quality Moonshine Stills for Sale
If you want the quality build of a Jim Tom Moonshine Still but without the price tag, check out the Magnum All-in-One Moonshine Still Kit. The Magnum features a 50 liter kettle and dual vapor towers. It is a still that truly earns the name Magnum!
The Magnum is just as large as it sounds. It's huge capacity means you can make larger recipes and spend less time making your moonshine and more time enjoying it!
The Magnum is able to function as both a still and a fermentor. This means there is less equipment to buy and less equipment to store. It saves both money and much needed storage space!
The Magnum is the perfect option for those who are ready to take their shining to the next level.
How Do Stills Work?
Making moonshine is a three-part process: making a mash, fermenting and distilling.
Making a Mash
The first step requires you to make a mash which is either made from grain, fruit or sugar.
When making a grain-based mash (which is the most popular) you need to actually cook your mash in order to convert the mash contents from a starch to a fermentable sugar.
Once your mash is complete you are able to move onto the second step which is fermentation.
After the mash is cooked yeast is added to the mash. During the fermentation process the yeast in the mash will convert the fermentable sugars into ethanol. Once the fermentation process is complete (about 7 to 14 days) you are able to distill.
Using a distiller is essentially heating up the contents of your fermented mash in order to remove the ethanol from the water in your mash.
As water has a higher boiling point than ethanol, the alcohol will boil which separates it from the mash. Once the ethanol heats up it will rise and then cold water will be pumped through the still to then condense the ethanol back into liquid which will then come out of the still.
What Does Jim Tom’s Sugarlands Moonshine Taste Like?
This award-winning shine is a favorite amongst experienced shiners.
Packing a potent punch, Jim Tom’s Unaged Rye Moonshine is the Gold Medal winner at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
This moonshine maintains an earthy balance between spicy rye and toasted grains that are packed with award-winning flavor for both oldtimers who love their alcohol straight up or mixologists looking for unique additions like orange peel in cocktails!
Jim Tom Hendrikc on Moonshiners
In the Discovery TV show "Moonshiners," viewers were introduced to Jim Tom Hendrick and his partner Popcorn Sutton. The two are said by many people in this business as being responsible for their success, with Mark Ramsey crediting them dearly during Season 1 episodes of Moonshine runner on Discovery Channel last year.
Did Jim Tom on 'Moonshiners' die?
Jim Tom, 80-year old moonshiner has finally gone legit! He's teamed up with Mark and Digger to create Sugarlands Distilling Co. That means you can find his famous "Unaged Rye" at your favorite liquor store across the nation (or maybe not).
It's been said that during prohibition, he was left to his own devices and became a self-made moonshiner. This could be why he waited so long before 'going legit' and creating his own moonshine label.
Jim Tom was born in North Carolina on Dec. 25, 1940 to a family with deep roots in both moonshining and agriculture. He dabbled in plumbing, electrical work, ans vehicle maintenance, but it wasn't until he created his first copper still that Jim found the passion for which he would become famous.
Jim Tom began creating distilled spirits using traditional distillation where heat turns alcohol into glycerin and water vapor through saponification of sugars mixed with yeast at just below 170 degrees Fahrenheit (77 Celsius).
Jim's ancestors had been selling homemade "shine" long before Prohibition took away their livelihoods so when opportunity knocked after World War II caused major shortages throughout America.
Jim Tom on Moonshiners
His last appearance came when viewers saw how much of an impactful character he really is with that one tweet from before where it said "Jim Tom you are one-of kind."
It's true, we haven't seen the old JT in a long time. The last confirmed sighting was about two years ago. Whether he has retreated from society to enjoy his golden years or is simply too busy running his moonshine label for socializing is not known.
One thing is for certain, taking the time to honor and learn from moonshine legends like Jim Tom and Popcorn Sutton is a great way to comemerate their impact on moonshining in the United States.