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Making Moonshine - Is It Easy?

As long as you can get past the legal impediments, making Moonshine is actually a breeze.
But first, know the safety issues you need to consider:
*   There is a possibility of poisoning yourself with lethal oils or contaminants IF these are not discarded during the process of distillation or IF temperature control is not properly maintained.
*  Lead contamination is also a likelihood IF metal components, welding metal parts or unsuitable materials such as car radiators are used as these could infiltrate the distillate with lead (fortunately, lead could be easily filtered out from the concoction). 
Now the ingredients
Common ingredients used to make Moonshine include sugar, corn and rye. 
For this recipe to be easy, you can use readily available ingredients such as sugar water and yeast.
Sugar water could be had by dissolving 3 pounds of sugar in a gallon water. Feel free to change the amount however you see fit. 
A packet of 48 Hours Turbo Yeast could be conveniently purchased online.
Step 1: Ferment
Pour the sugar water into a big glass carboy.  Throw in the yeast.  Then, make sure to cap the carboy with a tightly sealed airlock. 
Next step is to wait. The idea is to allow the yeast to eat the sugar. This process could take a week or two. Also, the mixture is excreting carbon dioxide and alcohol. Once bubbles stop forming, consider the process done. 
Make sure all the equipment you use is clean as the tiniest contamination could result to bad Moonshine. 
Half-fill the airlock with water to avoid foreign materials from entering. 
The fermentation period depends on the quantity of sugar used and air temperature. 
Step 2: Distill
The fermented mixture needs to be distilled via a still. 
Pot stills are advisable as impurities could easily enter during the distillation process thus giving the product a more full-bodied flavor. 
Fill up the boiler, put it on a heat source and assemble together the still. 
Turn on the heat source until it reaches the boiling point of Ethanol (approximately 78C or 173F). 
If any liquid enters the still prior to reaching the target temperature, discard it. Doing so removes any Methanol alcohol (which has a boiling temperature of 64C or 148F).
Step 3: Polish
Moonshine could be polished using activated carbon. Doing so helps remove organic pollutants, colors, odors, fusil oils and toxic compounds. 
Run the moonshine one to three times through the filtering tower.
Then, bottle it, drink it and enjoy its clear liquid goodness. 
If you want to remove hair, grit and impurities from the Moonshine, filter it through charcoal.
For an inexpensive, safe and thorough way to make your own Moonshine download this useful Starter Guide.
The X's usually seen on Moonshine bottles indicate the number of times it was distilled.

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