Moonshine made from Sweet feed.

posted by Catherine Lyon on Jul 12th, 2012 at 10:11am

As I was checking my email, I received a blog from Countryfarm Lifestyles with a new recipe for moonshine.

This recipe was submitted by George from Dinwiddie, VA (so I am assuming that this is his recipe), and since I KNOW that we have so many an Earthineer that likes their liquid suppliments, I thought that I would post it.

Moonshine recipe using Sweet feed by George (Dinwiddie, VA)

In a 5 gallon bucket fill with sweet feed about 4 inches
from the bottom. Add warm water just enough to cover feed. Add 7 lbs of sugar
and stir to dissolve, then adding very warm water enough to fill bucket to about
3/4 full.

Now dissolve 2 packages of dry yeast in a little jar of warm
water and pour into bucket, stir well to mix.

Next, fill bucket to about two inches from the top with
water, cover with lid but not too tight, it must be able to breathe. Let set
for about 4 or five days.

if the temperature gets into 90's or higher, the mash will be ready in 3 days maybe 4 at most.

This moonshine recipe will yield about 1/2 gallon of shine.


Just thought that I would share the "recipe."

About the Author

Catherine Lyon  

Doctoral student and homesteader. I love cooking,canning,baking,storing, and reading about self sufficiency. I enjoy raising animals, and enjoy my donkeys.

Comment by Alchemist on Jul 12th, 2012 at 10:19am 0 Likes

Of course none of us would ever consider actually making this... but it is a good read. ;-)

Comment by Stan O on Jul 12th, 2012 at 1:54pm 0 Likes

what are they calling "sweet feed" ? around here, its oats mixed with molasses

Comment by Michael on Jul 12th, 2012 at 4:09pm 0 Likes

Now that is what I am talking about. I like an article that teaches how to make something! I am curious as to what sweet feed is.

Comment by Oilman2 on Jul 13th, 2012 at 8:08am 0 Likes

You can make and drink this all you want (gag) - it's distilling it that gets the revenuers all in a twist.....

Comment by ShadyGlade Farm on Jul 13th, 2012 at 9:37am 0 Likes

Therein lies the rub... George of Dinwiddie's recipe is for a mash, not a drink. Being from VA he may assume that what to do with the mash goes without saying. :)

Comment by Spun Gold Farm on Jul 13th, 2012 at 10:45am 0 Likes

Don't they add stuff to that? Minerals, etc for the livestock?

Comment by RedHeadedYeti on Jul 13th, 2012 at 1:09pm 0 Likes

I'm all for a simple moonshipe recipe (but would never make it, of course). This one seems a bit too simple though. I've known some moonshiners in my day and it takes a lot of time and effort (and equipment) to make the good stuff. Also, I echo Spun Gold's sentiment. When I hear "sweet feed" I think of feed made for livestock that likely has stuff added to it that I'd rather not ingest. I'm assuming that once you've let it sit, you'll need to distill it? I guess this recipe is intended for people who are already familiar with the process.

Comment by ShadyGlade Farm on Jul 13th, 2012 at 1:41pm 0 Likes

Foxfire did a chapter or two on moonshine. I highly recommend it (for fun facts for your next Trivia game.) If any details were left out of their treatment of the subject I wouldn't know what they were, right down to the sheetstock dimensions & cutout pattern to minimize the waste metal.
Sweet feed needn't be a pre-bagged corporate product. Most mills are more than happy to mix to your specs & your component list, assuming they can source the ingredients to your liking. You may have to provide the non-GMO, manure & seaweed fertilized, herbicide/pesticide free grains & home-made molasses, but by that point why bother with a mill?

Comment by Catherine Lyon on Jul 13th, 2012 at 2:32pm 0 Likes

Well I agree with Yeti, all I know about moonshining (from the TV) it has to cook or distill, so I am not sure how this is going to work.

Alchemist and Oilman, I am sure it is legal, as long as you don't make it by the "shine of the moon!"

We can get sweet feed at our Tractor Supply store, but there are many, many other ingredients in the feed. And what about straining it? There was no mention in the recipe about how to strain it or remove the sweet feed mash.

But I figured that this "recipe" would get some imaginative juices flowing for a whole lot of you gents!

Comment by FarmerBrown on Jul 16th, 2012 at 7:37am 0 Likes

Its funny to see all the I wouldnt make it but comments. check your local laws. Many states allow you to produce a certain amount for personal use.

Comment by Oilman2 on Jul 16th, 2012 at 1:43pm 0 Likes

@ Farmerbrown - yep, some will, but only if you fill out the forms and possibly permits and such. And I don't know about the rest of you, but our government has waay too much info on me as it sits today...

Comment by RedHeadedYeti on Jul 17th, 2012 at 7:40am 0 Likes

I would doubt forms or permits are involved, but I could be wrong. I've never had to fill out any forms when I've purchased materials for and made beer or mead. I think the limited amount for personal use is simply to keep people from selling it and not sharing the profit with the Big Boys.

Comment by Oilman2 on Jul 17th, 2012 at 8:53am 0 Likes

@ Yeti - buddy, PLEASE realize that distilling alcohol is a FED thing and not at all local. Beer and such are fine, but spirits are the issue that ATF is concerned with. That is why you need license to make alcohol for fuel, and by law, you have to add poison to it so that it cannot be used as an adult beverage. ATF enforces this, not some sheriff or local yokel. If you get on the ATF radar, you stay on it the rest of your life.

Just a word to the...

Comment by RedHeadedYeti on Jul 17th, 2012 at 4:13pm 0 Likes

Sounds about right Oil. This is something I really don't know much about (currently), so I'll bow to your expertise. With everything else I'm involved in, this is more of a matter of interest and not something I ever plan on trying.

Comment by Catherine Lyon on Jul 17th, 2012 at 5:28pm 0 Likes

Truly? So if this recipe "gets cooked" (or distilled) then it is illegal and under jurisdiction of the ATF?

I thought prohibition was over!?! So why can we make wine, ale, beer, meade, but not "moonshine"?

WOW!! I thought I was posting something cool for everyone to make, not something illegal and highly subjective to government harrassment!!!

My apologies!

Comment by RedHeadedYeti on Jul 18th, 2012 at 7:36am 0 Likes

Like most things, it all comes down to taxation.


I wouldn't worry about it Catherine. Do a quick Web search and you'll find a *lot* of recipes and discussions on the topic.

Comment by ShadyGlade Farm on Jul 18th, 2012 at 7:47am 0 Likes

CL, no worries! Making mash is not illegal, you may have done it to give your animals a treat on cold mornings, but without added sugars & yeast.

Comment by Floyd Jamison on Feb 1st, 2014 at 9:54pm 0 Likes

The sweet feed you need is ALL GRAIN sweet feed, tractor supply usually carries it. It contains grains and molassses (NO PELLETS) only.
As far as permits for producing alcohol, the only permit you can get is to make Fuel. There is NO distillation for personal consumption, period, and it is controlled by the Feds, not the state. If your state says it is okay (and I don't know of any state that does), it is still a violation of Federal law, unfortunately.

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