I did a product review for a water distiller a few weeks ago. I’ve now started using it to fulfil a lifelong desire to make moonshine. Above are a few of the bottles I’ve made so far for our cabinet of tipples.
I say “lifelong” because I remember being a kid watching M*A*S*H on tv and thinking Hawkeye was so damn cool having a still in his tent. I didn’t even know anything about booze, only that they were doing hillbilly science to help them cope with the war in Korea. I had an Easy Bake oven. I had a chemistry set that my parents neutered by taking all the “bang” bottles out, leaving me to look at slides of bug wings. My friend Tonya and I used to make “cosmetics” and “perfumes” out of leftovers from our mothers’ makeup cases and the berries off the bushes in front of my house. I was destined to be a home brewer. Now I’m a moonshiner. This is a natural progression, if you ask me.
Before you get concerned about me broadcasting my clandestine beverages, they are perfectly legal for home consumption. Even though I could power a rocket with the stuff I distil initially, they are legal here. I just can’t sell them or make big batches. But let me tell you, my own toffee vodka mixed with my own coffee liqueur is dreamy, especially on ice.
I’ve always been a do-it-myselfer, and this delicious chemistry is right up my alley. Cheers!