Moonshine made from Sweet feed.

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."

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John Alchemist (Alchemist)

July 12th, 2012 at 10:19am

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

Stan O (Stan O)

July 12th, 2012 at 1:54pm

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

Michael Laffey (Michael )

July 12th, 2012 at 4:09pm

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.

J Dyson (Oilman2)

July 13th, 2012 at 8:08am

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

William Free (ShadyGlade Farm)

July 13th, 2012 at 9:37am

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. :)

V Sacha (Spun Gold Farm)

July 13th, 2012 at 10:45am

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

Jereme Zimmerman (RedHeadedYeti)

July 13th, 2012 at 1:09pm

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.

William Free (ShadyGlade Farm)

July 13th, 2012 at 1:41pm

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?

Catherine Lyon (Catherine Lyon)

July 13th, 2012 at 2:32pm

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!

FarmerBrown FarmerBrown (FarmerBrown)

July 16th, 2012 at 7:37am

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.

J Dyson (Oilman2)

July 16th, 2012 at 1:43pm

@ 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...

Jereme Zimmerman (RedHeadedYeti)

July 17th, 2012 at 7:40am

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.

J Dyson (Oilman2)

July 17th, 2012 at 8:53am

@ 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...

Jereme Zimmerman (RedHeadedYeti)

July 17th, 2012 at 4:13pm

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.

Catherine Lyon (Catherine Lyon)

July 17th, 2012 at 5:28pm

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!

Jereme Zimmerman (RedHeadedYeti)

July 18th, 2012 at 7:36am

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.

William Free (ShadyGlade Farm)

July 18th, 2012 at 7:47am

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.

Floyd Jamison (Floyd Jamison)

February 1st, 2014 at 9:54pm

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.