It is an obvious fact that Alcoholic beverage has been a huge part of human culture since the dawn of civilization. Recent archeological findings readily suggest the fact that alcoholic beverages such as wine existed even before the rise of the Egyptian civilization. Some of these discoveries included several objects associated with wine making that dated back to 8,000 B.C. These unprecedented discoveries definitely point to the fact that early civilization had the penchant for making wine and had rudimentary knowledge about wine fermentation.
Throughout history, men have learned to ferment alcoholic beverages other than wine. Beer, for instance, is almost as old as wine. Documentations show that the process of brewing beer is traceable even way back before the pyramids of Giza were built, and this fact was clearly chronicled in the Sumerian tablets. As men’s knowledge and understanding of alcoholic beverages progress, men had learned new distilling processes to produce drinks that had higher alcohol content such as brandy, gin, whiskey, and rum.
In the Middle Ages, distilled alcoholic drinks had begun to appear in Europe. Brandy or Brandywine distilled from grape wine and gin from juniper berries had slowly supplanted wine and beer across many places in the continent. Later, whiskey was created by distilling fermented grains like corn and barley. Then, rum from fermented sugarcane was introduced. After the American Civil War, heavy taxes were levied on liquor products prodding the ordinary American populace to clandestinely produce their own liquor which they called “moonshine.”
The American Craftsmanship and Moonshining
As the average Americans came to grip with the harsh revenues levied on them on every bottle of liquor that they bought, they realized that something had to be done to alleviate their situation. New ways and means had to be found to evade and get around the imposed tax; hence, Americans turned to moonshining. Moonshining allowed the average Americans the freedom to create, earn, and enjoy liquor as a fruit of their labor. Likewise, moonshining had paved new avenues for the average Americans to create, develop, and exercise their craftsmanship. Moreover, at that time, the idea of moonshining epitomized the emerging American freedom to create whatever they wanted.
Nowadays, after the prohibition and heavy taxation on liquor are long gone, moonshining has still persisted as a hobby. Moreover, the same principles of freedom and liberty are exercised by those who make moonshine and moonshine still.
Moonshine stills are available in the market and are made of either stainless steel or copper materials. Copper stills, for a reason, are far more expensive than those made from stainless steel. Likewise, copper readily reacts chemically with moonshine by removing any trace of sulfur from the fermented stuff which is being distilled, and thus improving the taste and scent of the moonshine. Additionally, copper stills are the best and high quality moonshine stills for sale in the market.
Traditionally, moonshine was a type of whiskey. This was due to the fact that the fermented mash that was usually “cooked” in the still largely consisted of corn, for corn was the most abundant and affordable of all ingredients then. However, by adding other ingredients like fruits, cereals or other grains to the corns, one could turn moonshine into rum, vodka, brandy, or whatever kind of liquor that one prefers.