Urban Moonshining: Home Distilling for Fun and (not) Profit

Copper Pot Still
At some point in high school, my friends and I decided to learn the lost craft of home distillation. We started with the best of intentions (well, not really), but were unable to build stills that functioned until we hit college. Since then, we have just about perfected the process of distilling tasty, cheap rum on a stove top. John Martin has chronicled our steps and missteps over the years in a series of blog posts. The first three cover the background story, the basics of fermenting a rum wash, and the general process of distillation. The final post covers the specifics of urban moonshining; that is, plans for a micro still that allows for home distilling within the confines of the average apartment.

Stove Top Still

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3 Responses to “Urban Moonshining: Home Distilling for Fun and (not) Profit”


  • With the earlmeyer flask you have there, how are you knowing your temperature of your wash?

  • if u dont know the temperature and u reach the boiling point you will make toxid moonshine and it will taste like asss! you need to stay below 172 degrees or it will make POISON.! haha not good english i know XD

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