Have you been looking for a super easy mash recipe that isn't complicated and tastes amazing?
Well look no more!
I have been making moonshine for over two decades now and have tried all sorts of recipes and measurements. I have experimented with every type of ingredient imaginable, yet the smoothest mash I have ever made is so simple it will surprise you.
It only takes two ingredients (not including the sugar and yeast) and you’ll have the smoothest whiskey run you’ve ever had. Hint: Sweet feed is the secret weapon.
In this article, I give you my top recipe to making the best mash along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to make moonshine, along with some product recommendations.
Check out my podcast about how to make moonshine from the start to finish, along with selling tips!
Why is the mash recipe so important?
The mash is the most important factor when talking about the flavor of the whiskey. For example, let’s say you make a whiskey run that turns out to be 110 proof. This means that it’s 55% alcohol. So the other 45% is the water that came from the mash.
Therefore, the mash affects the final product in a huge way.
This recipe will make 30 gallons of mash by total volume including the grains.
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Now that you have your ingredients, you will need to calculate your batch size in gallons.
I have created the chart below for different size recipes for mash batches in gallons. To alter the batch size just insert numbers from the chart into the instructions that follow.
Moonshine Batch Sizing Table
Step-By-Step Guide To Making Moonshine
Step One: Crack the grains
Cracking the grains is a process to soften the grains to let the flaver out.
In a large pot add five gallons of water, an outdoor turkey fryer pot works great. Bring this water to 160f. I use an outdoor propane burner.
I recommend the Bayou Classics propane burner as it is very durable and has an adjustable regulator to control the temperature. It’s the only one I use.
Order yours online at Hardware World. They’ll ship it directly to your house.
While waiting for the water to come to temperature put one part sweet feed to 2 parts corn in a 5 gallon bucket until its full.
Instead of weighing my grains, I use a ratio. For example, a 5 gallon bucket of grains would contain 66% corn (3.3 gallons) and 33% (1.66 gallons) sweet feed.
You can use weights instead if you like, but this method works well for my situation.
I use a one gallon scoop so it doesn’t take as long. Set aside until the water reaches 160f.
Now you can add the grains and reduce heat to maintain 160f for 45 minutes. Continuously stir the mash to avoid letting the grains scorch on the bottom of the pot.
Step Two: Mix the Mash
Now dump the cracked grains into a 30 gallon container and stir in 25 lbs. of sugar. When the sugar is dissolved completely add 15 to 20 gallons of cold water until the mash mix reaches 30 gallons by total volume.
Step Three: Add the Yeast
When the temperature of the mash drops down to the recommended temperature by the yeast manufacturer, you can go ahead and add the yeast. I have found that 1 tablespoon of yeast per 5 gallons of mash works well.
A distiller’s yeast will produce the best results. I’ve found that the Red Star brand works really well and is very affordable.
Red Star Yeast is hard to find locally, but you can buy it on Amazon here.
Step Four: Let the Mash Ferment
Now all you have to do is wait. Let the mash do its thing for about a week. You’ll know when the mash is done when you can no longer see the bubbling produced by the yeast as it releases carbon dioxide.
Once the fermentation is complete, strain the liquid to remove the spent solids and place the liquid into your still. This final liquid is called the wash. You only want to put the wash into the still.
And thats it! I told you it was easy!
If you are interested in building your own DIY still on the cheap, check out my two-part video tutorial:
You can also purchase this Vanell premade still kit for home use from Amazon.
Get your mash started, order the still, and by the time your mash is ready, you will have your still at your doorstep!
I hope you have enjoyed this article and will find the recipe easy and fun to make!
You will really enjoy the extremely smooth whiskey that comes from this mash.
Just note that moonshine making is both an art and science, your first batch won't be perfect, and your second batch likely won't either.
However, if you stick to it and learn the nuances of your still, you can be a moonshining making pro in no time!
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