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