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New Years Resolutions January 06 2018, 0 CommentsWell, the new year is upon us in full force. It's only the 6th of January and I have kept the one resolution I made this year. Keep making amazing moonshine with my copper still. What resolutions did you make? Get in shape, eat right, learn Italian? Let me give you some advice. Stick with the things you love, like great whiskey! I have found so long you do what you love, resolutions are easy to keep. So buy a moonshine still from The Copper Still Company, and see what all the fuss is about!
Winter Holidays Are Upon Us! December 17 2017, 0 Comments
Every year I am always amazed just how quickly the year goes by! It seems like just yesterday I was celebrating the New Year, and here we are once again. Luckily for you now is the best time to start making your very own whiskey, bourbon, and other moonshine products. I will also mention our stills are also fantastic at making essential oils as well. With these oils getting more and more popular, wouldn't it be amazing to make your own? Next time you go to a "favorite things" party you can say your homemade essential oils are your favorite.
Either way at The Copper Still Company wishes everyone the merriest of winter holidays and the start of an Amazing New Year.
P.S. You should probably start 2018 with some moonshine made in our stills to get it off on the right foot.
School Starts, so should your new Whiskey Habit September 09 2017, 0 Comments
With the beginning of school, you might find a little more time to yourself. Why not use that time to make your own Whiskey or Scotch. Try out one of our stills risk-free. With our superior guarantee and return policy, you can see what it's like to make your own vodka or gin.
Last Days of Summer August 30 2016, 0 Comments
Where did the summer go? As I look ahead to falling temperatures and falling leaves, I can't believe that we're almost ready to put another summer behind us.
To look on the bright side, there has never been a better time to start making your own whiskey! As cooler temperatures abound, it only makes it that more inviting to bring your very own copper moonshine still outside and making your favorite spirits. Order one of out beautiful stills so that your Halloween party can feature your very own, homemade gin or vodka. Make moonshine the centerpiece of this fall season.
Father's Day June 18 2016, 0 Comments
With Father's Day just around the corner...seriously it's tomorrow, it's time for you to order a great last minute gift. Lets go through the list
1. Another tie...boring
2. A "funny" card about socks and sandals.
3. An amazing copper still that he can use to make his own booze
As a father myself I know what I would really want. Show your siblings why you are always the favorite with one of our beautiful moonshine stills!
SUMMER IS HERE June 12 2016, 0 Comments
Hey everyone, long time no see!
I just checked the calendar and saw that summer is nearly upon us. Now is the perfect time to invest in one of our high quality stills. Amaze your friends at your next summer party with a delicious glass of your own hand made whiskey! Trust me when I say it is truly a remarkable feeling to be able to share your joy of whiskey with friends, and then leave them flabbergasted when they find out the "Lagavulin 12" is actually of your own making.
Buy one of our top quality stills now and be the envy of your neighborhood. And as always The Copper Still Company offers a 110% guarantee, as well as always free shipping.
The New Year January 04 2016, 0 Comments
Well I hope that everyone was able to have a fun and happy New Years. May whatever your resolution you made for this newest year come to fruition. I personally have made a resolution to drink more whiskey. A tough one I know. The key to this is that I want to drink more whiskey that I make myself. It always seems like anything you do yourself, be it home repairs, working on your car, etc, always seems so much more satisfying rather than having someone else do it for you. In this case I mean making your own spirits & moonshine.
So join me in my new years resolution and make more fantastic whiskey. And if you would like to use one of our amazing copper stills to help you achieve it, please do :)
MERRY CHRISTMAS! December 25 2015, 0 Comments
Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy new year! If you New Years resolution is to make your own Whiskey with a hand crafted copper still, then you are in the right place.
Either way thank you to all of our amazing customers, and welcome to the future newcomers.
Christmas Is Coming!!! December 12 2015, 0 Comments
Thanks for checking back in to our amazon blog. I just wanted to put it out there that if you order in the next 4 days, we will automatically bump up your shipping to ensure delivery before Christmas. So you you are looking for the most amazing gift, look at our top quality copper stills.
Thanks & Happy Holidays
Christmas Already!?! September 18 2015, 0 Comments
While walking through Costco the other day I was flooring to see Christmas tree already for sale! After rounding the corner I saw Christmas toys and wrapping paper too.
Well if Costco says it's time to start talking about the upcoming holiday season, then far be it from me to argue.
So cross off those hard to shop for people with an amazing copper still from us! I guarantee that if you buy someone a 5 gallon copper still, not only will they be amazed at such an awesome gift, everyone else will be green with jealousy.
Or... buy yourself a copper still now, and give the gift of homemade whiskey, that is a win - win situation if I ever heard it!
Jason & The Copper Still Company
Happy Early Fourth of July!! June 27 2015, 0 CommentsHere at The Copper Still Company nobody is happier to celebrate the birth of our nation than we are. As a veteran owned company we understand the sacrifices that have been made to keep us a great nation. Please remember to celebrate responsibly and have a great time!
Fathers Day Panic? Don't fear whiskey is hear! June 15 2015, 0 Comments
Looking for the perfect fathers day gift and don't know what to give? A tie for the 23rd year in a row?..nah. A mustache trimmer so he'll cut off his fu manchu growth?...nope.
How about the ability to make his own whiskey, scotch, vodka and more in his very own still. Not only will his he love his gift when he receives it, but he'll probably be happier year round when he starts drinking his results
So don't delay and order one of our amazing copper stills and get that future moonshine maniac going.
Fathers Day...the easiest gift May 16 2015, 0 Comments
What to give the person that has everything or wants nothing? Well this one is pretty obvious, give him the ability to make his own whiskey! With one of our copper stills, there is no doubt you'll be the winner this Fathers Day with the most amazing gift. Imagine the look of jealousy from your siblings when they realize what it looks like when dad actually likes a gift...and it's from you!
Like I always say, give the gift of whiskey! Mothers day, Fathers day, Christmas, Bar Mitzvah...the list goes on and on for great holidays to buy one of our moonshine stills.
Mothers Day May 05 2015, 0 Comments
What better present to give you Mother or wife than a beautiful copper still! I know what you're thinking " a copper still for my wife...she'll kill me!"
Let think it through, you get to buy the special woman in your life a beautiful house decorating item, that is both unique and amazing. How impressed will she be that you thought about her and bought her a hand made copper still.
Now wait a month, and you can start using it to make your very own whiskey with the moonshine still you bought her! Genius if you as me. She gets a gift that is sure to wow her friends, and you get whiskey, truly the gift that keeps on giving.
So this Mother's Day don't forget the best place for a truly special Mother's Day gift, The Copper Still Company
Spring Is Here...for some March 27 2015, 0 Comments
Now that the weather is getting warmer for some, it is the time to starting brewing your own concoctions. Can you imagine a better time than to be sitting out by a fire, drinking home made whiskey with your friends? I sure can't! So don't wait, buy one of our top quality copper stills and impress your friends with amazing moonshine.
Looking for the Perfect Valentines Day Gift? February 05 2015, 0 Comments
Look no further than an amazing still from The Copper Still Company! Your Husband, boyfriend, or any SO will be amazed at this one of a kind gift. And if you don't have someone this holiday, buy one for the extra special person that has really earned it...YOU! All of our stills look amazing and can be used to make a variety of spirits. And isn't that what any man REALLY wants, to have unlimited whiskey? I know I do!
Have a very happy Valentines Day!
Holiday Gifts December 10 2014, 0 Comments
Looking for a fantastic and unique holiday gift? Look no farther than our very own copper stills! I guarantee that anyone that gets one would be blown away by such a unique gift. Want to buy one for everyone in your family? Let me know and we'll make you an amazing deal.
Who needs black Friday when you can get the best stills right here! Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family, and be comfotable with the knowledge you have an amazing gifts
Can our stills be used for Essential Oils? July 11 2014, 0 Comments
We've had a lot of interest lately from customers asking about essential oils, and whether our moonshine stills are suited for it. Our answer to that is a resounding YES!
Both models can be used to make all sorts of essential oils. The split-top is a little better because you can keep your materials out of the water, and pack it fuller.
We'll be doing a write up on how to make essential oils in the following days, so stay tuned.
Automatic Shipping Calculation to Canada is HERE! July 10 2014, 0 Comments
Hey everyone, I have fantastic news! Shipping calculation for all of our great Canadian fans is here. If you're a neighbor to our north, and want one of our fine copper stills just punch in your address to see automatic shipping costs! It's just that easy.
Thank you for all your support!
Shipping to Canada July 10 2014, 0 Comments
Hey everyone, just wanted you give you all an update on automatic shipping costs for our great Canadian customers. We are very close! Right now we have some debugging to do, but I expect it to be worked out in the next couple days. When it goes live I'll make sure an let everyone know, so that it is easier than ever for everyone to enjoy the best copper stills in the world!
Thanks for your support
Our Antiquated Distilling Laws June 10 2014, 0 Comments
Prohibition Era Distilling Laws
The prohibition was a time when the law was more harmful than helpful. When the prohibition on alcohol was finally lifted, Federal law still refused to let go all the way and instead kept the distilling of liquor for personal consumption illegal, even though the making of beer and wine for personal use is fully legal as well as distilling spirits for fuel. If that sounds a bit illogical to you, you’re not alone. Let’s go back to a simpler time when the government decided to place blame somewhere for all of America’s problems, and that blame was placed on liquor. During the prohibition throughout the 1920s into the 30s the United States outlawed the manufacturing storage and transportation of alcohol.
The Government's Brilliant Idea
Outlawing liquor turned out to be more dangerous than helpful. You see, when people can’t get ahold of what they want, they find a way to make it themselves. What transgressed was moonshine, a drink created from several illegal liquor manufacturing operations done outside the knowledge of the law. These people were known as moonshiners or bootleggers, and once they started to share their product with their neighbors their operation just grew. The danger came when demand far outweighed supply and access to the ingredients necessary to make the drinks became increasingly smaller. The bootleggers started focusing on quantity rather than quality. This resulted in horrible ingredients being used like antifreeze, manure, and other dangerous items, which in turn resulted in illnesses, poisoning, blindness, and even death. Crime rates also sky rocketed with mobsters and other organizations realized they could have a hold on this illegal operation. When the Government finally pulled its head out and realized that prohibiting strong drinks was more dangerous than allowing them they finally lifted the ban with the 21st Amendment, repealing the laws previously enacted. However the Government, being the controlling power it is, refused to let go all the way and still made it illegal to distill liquor for personal use, even though beer and wine was allowed. Maybe this was because the government still felt like liquor was more harmful, or maybe it was simply to exercise its power. Whatever the reasons was here we are, nearly a century later, and this ban still exists.
The Regulations Today
Today there are many States that have their own laws on liquor and impose their own taxes, but when you break these laws you usually only face a misdemeanor. But the federal government still imposes harsh penalties for anyone it finds making liquor out of their home. If there is a law that was put into place decades ago, which has been proven time and time again to be ineffective, you would think it would have been changed by now, yet it hasn’t. Since the 1920s women have gained the right to vote, people stopped getting prosecuted for teaching evolution, and schools are desegregated. But don’t even think of making your own liquor because you might face the wrath of the United States Government. There is hope for our future though. New Jersey just passed a law to reduce the regulations of its distilling industry. The rest of the country will be now watching, and when New Jersey shows great success with these changes maybe other states will follow and show the Federal Government that a new century should not keep the useless laws of the old one.
Moonshine Recipes: 12 Must Have Moonshine Recipes May 07 2014, 0 CommentsHere are the best recipes I have found scouring the internet
(1) The Famous Mr. POPCORN SUTTON Recipe
25 pounds coarse ground white corn meal, enough to fill half of your barrel/container
50 pounds of sugar – 1 pound of sugar per gallon of water of total volume
1 gallon of malt – can be corn, barley, rye or a combination.
Boil the water and pour over the cornmeal to cook. Allow them to cool to the touch. Add sugar and malt and stir in well. Leave it for a day. The following day the mix should be bubbling on top, stir it one last time and then leave it.
You see here that we did not mention any addition of yeast, Popcorn said that the malt (any kind or combination of corn, barley, rye) is what makes it work — so he's using it here as alternative to distiller's yeast. Also, he's after the idea that wild yeast will start the fermentation within the mash.
After a couple of days, when all activities in the mash has stopped, it should be ready to be distilled. Use a siphon or a bucket to transfer the wash to the still.
For instructions on how to distill, click here. Here is another moons
4-5 days later it's ready to run! This is an old-timer recipe and works quite well. Our liquor is always 170-190 proof. You can substitute corn meal for the grain (horse feed) but I don't recommend this for pot stills cuz you can't filter it well enough. The meal will settle and burn in the bottom of your still. The old-fashion way of making corn liquor--with real corn--just is not feasible time wise.
(2)WATERMELON-PEACH MOONSHINE BRANDY for five gallons
1 1/4 large watermelon
1 1/4 cup chopped golden raisins
15 limes (juice only)
25 cups sugar
water to make 5 gallon
wine or distillers yeast
Extract the juice from watermelon and peaches, saving pulp. Boil pulp in five quarts of water for 1/2 hour then strain and add water to extracted juice. Allow to cool to lukewarm then add water to make five gallons total and all other ingredients except yeast to primary fermentation vessel. Cover well with cloth and add yeast after 24 hours. Stir daily for 1 week and strain off raisins. Fit fermentation trap, and set aside for 4 weeks.
(3)JD's Black Label Recipe
It consists of 80% corn, 12% rye, 8% malt (a high enzyme 6-row variety will be needed). Steep your ingredients in 140 to 150 degree water for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Wait until it has cooled to 68 degrees before adding your yeast. After fermentation, it is distilled once in a pot still with a thumper, then filtered through a 10 foot layer of maple charcoal (this takes about 4 days). It then is placed in new, charred American oak barrels where it ages for 5 years, 6 months before it is bottled. But instead of aging in oak barrels, you can fish out a piece of half burned white oak from the fire place, crush it up and place this in the container with your product. Shake it up once a day for about 3 months and then filter it through a coffee filter for a beautiful amber color. Cut it back to 80 or 90 proof for a smooth taste.
The premium brand called Gentlemen J is aged in the same way, with the same grain bill, but it is filtered through maple charcoal again after aging.
Sweetened with a dash of REAL maple syrup (the kind that has a slight smokey flavor)- this will taste JUST like the store bought spirit- but will be a LOT smoother. The spirit should be aged at less than 65%abv, to prevent vanillins from clouding up the smokey sweetness from the maple syrup.
(4)WATERMELON-ELDERBERRY MOONSHINE BRANDY
32 Lb watermelon
1 1/4 Lb dried elder-berries
water to 5 gallon
juice and zest of 10 lemons
36 cups granulated sugar
wine or distillers yeast
Cut the rind off of melon, cut melon into one-inch cubes, remove loose seeds, and put melon and any free juice in primary (crock, plastic pail, etc.). Grate the yellow thinly off ten lemons, then juice the lemons and add the juice and zest (gratings) to primary. Add dried elderberries. Add water to make up 5 gallons. Stir in sugar and stir well to dissolve. Cover primary with cloth, wait 12 hours and add yeast. Cover and ferment 3 days, stirring daily. Strain juice into secondary (demijohn) and fit airlock. Ferment 30 days.
(5)MOUNTAIN DEW RECIPE
In making White Lightning the first step is to convert the starch of the grain into sugar. Shelled, whole corn is covered with warm water in a container with a hole in the bottom. Place a hot cloth over it. Add warm water from time to time as it drains. Keep in a warm place for about 3 days or until corn has 2 inch sprouts. Dry it and grind it into meal. Make mush (or mash) with boiling water. Add rye mash that has been made the same way, if you have it. Yeast (1/2 pound per 50 gallons of mash) may be added to speed up the fermentation if you have it. Without it, 10 or more days will be required instead of about 4. In either case, it must be kept warm. When the mash gets through "working" or bubbling up and settles down, it is then ready to run. At this stage, the mash has been converted into carbonic acid and alcohol. It is called "wash" or beer and it is sour..
SWEET FEED MOONSHINE # 5 gallon bucket of sweet feed and one package of yeast 5 pounds sugar and water (Put enough feed to cover bottom of 5 gallon bucket with 4 inches deep) Add 5 pounds of sugar. Fill 1/2 full with boiling water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Let it set for 1 1/2 hours and then finish filling with cool water. Add the yeast after it has cooled to the recommended temperature on the yeast label. Cover with lid, leave it loose to breathe. 4 or 5 days later you're ready to go. Filter it by pouring it through a pillow case into a 5 gallon bucket after it has finished fermenting. Otherwise the meal will settle and burn in the bottom of your still. Some folks leave the solids in the pillow case and tie it off where it will not touch the bottom of the still.
(6)WATERMELON-GRAPE MOONSHINE BRANDY
30 Lb watermelon
7-1/2 Lb fresh table red or green grapes
water to 5 gallon
juice and zest of 10 lemons
24 cups granulated sugar
wine or distillers yeast
Cut the rind off of melon, cut melon into one-inch cubes, remove loose seeds, and put melon and any free juice in primary (crock, plastic pail, etc.). Thinly grate the yellow off ten lemons, juice the lemons, and add the juice and zest (gratings) to primary. Separately, wash, remove the stems, and crush the grapes well in a bowl. Add grapes and grape juice. Add water to make up 5 gallon. Add sugar and stir well to dissolve. Cover primary with cloth, wait 24 hours. Add yeast. Cover and ferment 5 days, stirring dairy. Strain juice into secondary (demijohn) and fit airlock. Ferment 30 days.
(7)INDIAN HEAD CORN MEAL WHISKEY
Ingredients: 3 Lbs of Indian-Head corn meal
1 1/2- lbs dry malt preferably dark (available at most home-brew shops)
1- sachet of 48 turbo yeast
4- gallons of spring water
After cleaning the equipment to prep it for use, put 3 1/2 gallons of water into the carboy
and then slowly add the cornmeal allowing it to wet as it falls to the bottom and thus avoids caking as much as possible.
Carefully lift the carboy and shake it side-to-side to ensure a good mix.
Next add the dry malt like you did the cornmeal,slow and steady and then lift the carboy up and shake it again to get a good mix
Warm the 1/2 gallon of leftover water on the stove until it's just hot to the touch.
Turn off the oven and stir in the yeast until it is completely dissolved.
Now add this to the carboy and shake well.
After 3 to 7 days, it's now ready to run off in the still.
(8)WELCHES FROZEN GRAPE JUICE MOONSHINE BRANDY
10 cans (11.5 oz) Welches 100% frozen grape concentrate
7 Lbs granulated sugar
water to make 5 gallons
wine or distillers yeast
Bring 5 quarts of water to boil and dissolve the sugar in the water.
Remove from heat and add frozen concentrate. Add additional water to make five gallons and pour into secondary.
Add remaining ingredients except yeast. Cover with cloth fastened with rubber band and set aside 12 hours.
After cooling to proper yeast temperature, add activated yeast and recover with cloth. Ferment 30 days.
(9)APPLE PIE BRANDY.
Heat one gallon of apple juice. Do not exceed 150 degrees.
Add one cup of honey, 2 tsp of cinnamon oil and 2 tsp of nutmeg.
Stir until dissolved.
Let this mixture cool down to room temperature and add one fifth of either rum, vodka of shine. Rum is best.
Put into jars and let set for two weeks.
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of water
1 bottle (750 ml) store bought moonshine
2 (2x1 inch) orange rind strips
Cook cranberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, liquid turns a light pink color, and cranberries just begin to pop.
Let cool slightly (about 10 minutes). Pour mixture into a large glass jar; stir in moonshine and orange rind strips.
Let stand at room temperature 3 days. Pour through a fine wire mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.
Return moonshine to jar. Store in refrigerator up to two months.
(11)BLACK BEARDS RUM
Two pounds of brown sugar per one gallon of water and one cup of honey for every ten gallon batch.
Starting hydrometer reading of about 90. Do not exceed 100. Add 1 to 3 oz of yeast per 10 gallons of mash.
Heat one fourth of your water to 120 or 130 degrees only hot enough to melt the sugar, then stir in your sugar and then the honey last.
Pour it into your fermenter and finish filling with cool water to cool it down to 80 degrees.
Take a hydrometer reading and adjust as needed. The add your yeast. 6 to 14 days to ferment.
I didn't create these recipes. Just some things that I found and have tried some of them, and others sounded great. Thanks go to everyone out there carrying on these great art form.
International Shipping March 25 2014, 1 Comment
As it turns out, when people are interested in buying a copper still from overseas, they do not want the hassle of having to email us for the shipping quote. Not Surprising in the least bit. Okay okay, I hear you loud and clear. We at The Copper Still Company are working on real time shipping quotes anywhere in the world, right from the website! Hopefully we will have it worked out and looking great in the next two weeks. So if live internationally and want to buy on of our fantastic copper stills, but don't want to call or email us, just hold on a bit longer.
Info on cleaning your copper still March 22 2014, 0 CommentsWe have had a lot of feedback, that the blog post I made a while back on how to clean and maintain your copper still was a bit hard to find. I have re-written it, and posted it on our main navigation link, so that it is easier to find on it's very own page. You can find it Here
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