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Why Your Copper Moonshine Still Needs To Be Lead Free

You probably heard, more than once, that the best types of moonshine stills need to have two properties: to be made of copper and to be lead-free. Copper is the preferred material for moonshine stills, as it has various beneficial characteristics, such as absorbing aggregates with sulfur, diminishing bacterial contamination, presenting great heat transfer properties, inhibiting the creation of toxic substances and improving the whole quality of the resulting product. But, while its benefic properties have been quite easily understood, the lead-free part still needs to be carefully explained. Lead – Description and Effects Lead is a hefty metal which, once,...

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The Healthy Side of Alcohol

The Healthy Side of Alcohol

We’ve recently come across an interesting piece of news: Lemmy, Motörhead’s front man, British heavy metal god and, at 69, living and kicking proof that sex & drugs & rock & roll could actually count for a lifestyle, announced that he’s switched from whiskey to vodka – for health reasons. Now, considering the man’s severe umlaut abüse and his belief that he’s indestructible, we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions. Nevertheless, he did get us into a bit of research on the health benefits of alcohol. Before anything. We’re talking healthy folks and moderation. Moderation in this case is a word...

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Ultimate Moonshine History

Ultimate Moonshine History

A Little Bit of Background Right after the American Revolution in the 1770’s, people started to make their own moonshine. As new nation struggled to pay its new obligations to citizens and creditors, a federal tax on liquor and spirits was enacted, which led many Americans to begin making their own alcohol at home – moonshine. Making your own alcohol back then wasn’t so much a hobby or a side job as a way for farmers to ensure that they could make ends meet after a hard growing season. Farmers learned to survive by utilizing their corn and turning it...

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Cleaning a Copper Whiskey Still

Cleaning a Copper Whiskey Still

A clean still is a safe still. Trust me, you don’t want your still to develop a dark brown turning into green coloration. Better keep it safe and clean it because even though copper is an easy to work with material, it reacts to oxygen - it oxidizes. It is important to clean the inside of your still before using it the first time and also after every use. The outside can also be cleansed and polished, but it’s about aesthetics more than anything. Good news is that you can use some homemade recipes or you can purchase a mixture...

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Surviving the Apocalypse - How to Make Distilled Water

Surviving the Apocalypse - How to Make Distilled Water

The Apocalypse. The end of the world. Doomsday. Call it whatever you want, but are you ready for it? Let’s imagine for a moment that the lyrics of the guys at R.E.M. have come true: It’s the end of the world as we know it. Nowadays it’s nearly impossible not to hear everyday something related to the end of the world. All social media channels are flooded with advice and videos on how to survive the apocalypse. Hollywood gives the devil his due. Every year they release blockbusters that show different scenarios, from unknown virus to nuclear explosions. In case...

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