The Copper Still Company

The Copper Still Company is a retailer of high-quality copper pot moonshine stills and split-top moonshine stills. Based out of Seattle, Washington, The Copper Still Company offers high quality moonshine stills for sale that are manufactured by skilled craftsmen in Portugal. The company began producing its moonshine stills out of a passion for distilling and to encourage others to learn about distilling and begin distilling on their own. The Copper Still Company team has over 20 years of combined experience in brewing and distilling and offers everything you’re going to need to purchase a moonshine still.

The Copper Still Company’s use of copper in their moonshine stills helps provide good heating and cooling transference. The copper serves to adsorb sulfur compounds and yeast resulting in a sweeter distillate. The use of copper in the stills also inhibits water-borne microorganisms, improves the aroma of the distillate, and prevents formation of ethyl carbamate, a toxin.

All of The Copper Still Company’s moonshine stills are constructed of 20 gauge sheet copper, providing superior heat distribution. All their stills also include a built-in thermometer. The alembic pot still is assembled using brass solder rather than any riveting. All other joints on the still use either brass, copper or tin lead-free solder.

The Copper Still Company offers both pot stills and split-top moonshine stills for sale. The pot stills are available in four sizes: 1 Gallon, 2.5 Gallon5 Gallon, and 10 Gallon. Pot stills are the backbone of traditional distilling practices, and are excellent for home use. 

The split-top column moonshine stills are available in three sizes: 1 Gallon, 2.5 Gallon, and 5 GallonThe split-top column stills allows for a purer distillate as the batch is in the column rather than the pot, as well as allowing the distiller to remove the column, empty the old batch and add a new batch without having to replace and reheat the water.

According to The Copper Still Company, their 1 Gallon Copper Moonshine Still requires the least amount of space to set up, but also products the least amount of moonshine because of it’s small size. Their 2.5 gallon still is a step up in all ways. A higher production amount, but the still requires a small amount of space to set up.

The 5 Gallon Moonshine Still is by far The Copper Still Company’s most popular unit. The 5 gallon is nice compromise between portability, production amount, and set up size. The Copper Still Company’s advice is that if you’re not sure which size to go with, the 5 gallon moonshine still is your best choice.

You can purchase The Copper Still Company’s best moonshine stills right here!

The Copper Still Company offers free shipping and a 60-day, “No Hassle, No Worries”, 110% money-back guarantee on their stills. Now that’s standing behind your product! Keep in mind that their stills are shipped International Priority from their manufacturer in Europe, which means you’ll typically need to allow a one to two week shipping time. But here’s what you’ll be looking at the day that your new moonshine still arrives:

Still Models1 Gallon Pot1 Gal Split Top2.5 Gal Pot2.5 Gal Split Top5 Gallon Pot5 Gal Split Top10 Gallon Pot10 Gal Split Top
MaterialCopperCopperCopperCopperCopperCopperCopperCopper
Gauge22 Ga22 Ga22 Ga22 Ga22 Ga22 Ga22 Ga22 Ga
Still Height15.7”25.5”18.1”31.1”22.8”32.3”31”43.3”
Still Length18.8”20”21.3”21.7”22.8”29.1”31.4”33.1”
Still Width9”8.6”10.6”8.7”12.2”15.4”16.5”17.7”
List Price$199.00$389.00$288.00$479.00$389.00$599.00$649.00$869.00
ShippingFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree
Total Cost$199.00$389.00$288.00$479.00$389.00$599.00$649.00$869.00

Makin’ Moonshine Bottom Line: The Copper Still Company does one thing, and one thing very well: provide high-quality, artisan-crafted copper moonshine stills. The Copper Still Company’s moonshine stills come in both pot still and split-top still styles, offering a nice choice to moonshiners. With free shipping and their awesome 110% money-back guarantee, you can’t go wrong buying your still from this great company.

Click here to order The Copper Still Company moonshine stills now! If you’ve already got one at home, let us know how it is in the comments!

 

Mile Hi Distilling Moonshine Stills

Mile Hi Distilling is one of the oldest small-scale manufacturers of moonshine stills for sale on the market still in business in the United States today. Mile Hi Distilling claims to be the originator of milk can moonshine stills. Today, Mile Hi Distilling takes pride in every still they produce, which they back up with a 30-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Mile Hi Distilling manufactures its moonshine stills one at a time with strong emphasis on providing high levels of craftsmanship while still providing low costs to their customers. Mile Hi offers both copper moonshine stills and stainless steel moonshine stills, but where they really shine is in the variety of reflux column technologies they have developed over the years.

Mile Hi FluteMile Hi Distilling’s crowning glory is the Mile Hi Flute, which Mile Hi proudly boasts is the “best-built plated distiller in the world.” The Mile Hi Flute is a distillation reflux column that’s 4” across and 6” high per section. The modular design of the Mile Hi Flute makes it more versatile than any other flute on the market. The Mile Hi Flute has either a quality copper or stainless steel body, large 3” glass viewing windows and copper plates to provide the option of the cost and durability of stainless steel and the distilling advantages of copper. Multiple flute sections can be stacked to provide additional reflux purification, allowing up to 95% content after only a single run.

Mile Hi’s Mighty Mini dual-purpose tower is great on either a reflux or pot still, giving a result of 1.8 quarts of 186 proof (93%) after only an hour, starting with 3 gallons of 18%. Its compact size makes it easy to store.

Mile Hi’s 2” diameter dual-purpose tower is available as a single or two-piece option, to help save storage room, and Mile Hi claims it gets double the production compared to any other 2” diameter reflux tower. The exterior cooling jacket also makes packing easier.

Mile Hi Distilling’s 3” diameter Torpedo is also available with a single or two-piece option, and, like it’s 2” brother, is said to provide twice the production of any other 3” diameter reflux tower moonshine still for sale on the market.

Mile Hi Distilling offers as it’s mainstay moonshine stills in a variety of 8-gallon milk can moonshine still kits, as well as a huge assortment of other moonshine stills for sale ranging from 3 to 53 gallons in capacity, mainly in stainless steel but also with a few copper whiskey pot stills.

Mile Hi’s stainless steel stills are made from 16 gauge stainless steel and are welded with reinforced banding. Many other still manufacturers use an 18 gauge steel that does not provide the same strength and durability or heat transfer as 16 gauge steel. Mile Hi’s 16 gauge steel also provides a more even heat distribution and fewer chances of leaking from a seamed joint. Mile Hi also says they rigorously test every product they sell. As Mile Hi says “If you see a product on our website you can rest assured that it has met or exceeded our own high standards.”

The moonshine stills and heads are just the beginning at Mile Hi Distilling, as they also carry pretty much everything you’ll need to make any variety of moonshine and other distilled products. Their vast website also includes a wide range of how-to’s, plans, videos, ebooks and calculators. A full catalog of their moonshine distillers, moonshine distilling equipment and parts, and moonshine ingredients is available here. And be sure to check out the Mile Hi Distilling moonshine stills in action:

Makin' Moonshine Stills for Sale Guide: Mile Hi Distilling

Still ModelsMighty Mini2" Dual Purpose2pc 2" Dual Purpose3" Torpedo2pc 3" Torpedo4" Mile Hi Flute SS4" Mile Hi Flute Copper
ExteriorStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelCopper
PackingCopperCopperCopperCopperCopperCopperCopper
FeaturesPortabilityDual-PurposeEasier StorageDouble OutputEasier StorageAdjustable & PriceAdjustable & Flavor
Still Height21”30”40” assembled40”40” assembledModular – 4 or 6 pcModular – 4 or 6 pc
Still Diameter2”2”2”3”3”4”4”
List Price$159.00$234.99$269.00$339.00$399.00$1,299.99-$1,628.00$1,499.99-$1,899.99
Shipping$14.10$14.31$13.57$17.00$17.00$31.65-$36.50$29.70-$33.46
Total Price$173.10$249.30$282.57$356.00$416.00$1,331.64-$1,664.50$1,529.69-$1,933.45

Makin’ Moonshine Bottom Line: Mile Hi Distilling has one of the most customizable sets of moonshine stills for sale on the market. In addition to their wide variety of still sizes, they also provide an awesome number of head options, from several grades of reflux towers down to a basic pot still head. Mile Hi Distilling has tons of still options to allow the home distiller to expand and improve their still one piece at a time. Taken with their astounding selection of supplies, tools, and information, there’s no doubt Mile Hi Distilling is one of the best moonshine still manufacturers in the industry.

Click here to order a Mile High Distilling moonshine still now! And if you’ve already got one at home, let us know how it is in the comments!

 

Moonshine Distiller Moonshine Stills

You want it? Moonshine Distiller’s probably got it.

Moonshine Distiller was established to provide a one-stop-shop for all a moonshiner’s distilling needs. They provide all the moonshine equipment, moonshine ingredients, and instructions needed to create quality distilled spirits.

Moonshine Distiller Stainless Steel Moonshine StillMoonshine Distiller was founded in 2012 from the heart of the Rocky Mountains by an experienced home-brewer turned distiller. Moonshine Distiller was founded on the premise that it was too difficult to get started distilling. The lack of moonshine equipment kits for beginner distillers or solid information on moonshine distilling led to the founding of moonshinedistiller.com, which was designed specifically with the beginning distiller in mind.

To solve these problems, Moonshine Distiller offers stainless steel moonshine stills and equipment, which can be a less expensive, more durable alternative to copper stills. They also offer an extensive selection of moonshine ingredient kits and all of the equipment you’ll need to start your own nano-distillery.

 Moonshine Distiller offers complete distillers in two sizes: an 8 gallon stainless steel still and a 13 gallon stainless steel still. You can also purchase both the 8 gallon and the 13 gallon stills in a kit package, which includes either the 8 or 13 gallon milk can boiler, dual purpose still tower, an outdoor propane burner, and a hose connector kit. You can run either still as either a traditional pot still (by running water through the condensor and removing the bottom portion of the tower) or as a reflux still.

Moonshine Still Guide: Moonshine Distiller

Still Models8 Gallon Still8 Gallon Still Kit13 Gallon Still13 Gallon Still Kit
MaterialStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless Steel
Gauge304 Stainless Steel304 Stainless Steel304 Stainless Steel304 Stainless Steel
Still Height5 feet5 feet5.5 feet5.5 feet
Still Base14 inches14 inches15 inches15 inches
List Price$533.99$613.99$533.99$738.99
Shipping$25 (Est.)$60 (Est.)$50 (Est.)$60 (Est.)
Total Cost$558.99$673.99$583.99$798.99

Makin’ Moonshine Bottom Line: Moonshine Distiller’s stainless steel moonshine still kits provide a great way for beginners to quickly get up and running with your at home distilling setup and are a great value (especially the 13 gallon still!).

Click here to order your Moonshine Distiller Stainless Steel Moonshine Still now! And if you’ve already got one at home, let us know how it is in the comments!

 


Time to mark your calendars, Moonshiners fans! Discovery Channel has just announced that the all-new Moonshiners Season 3 will premier Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9/8c! Discovery announced the Moonshiners start date date with a new video, which I’m sure you’ve already checked out above.

The premier of Moonshiners Season 3 will pick up with with Tim Smith, Tickle, and the rest of the Moonshiners crew where Moonshiners Season 2 left off. Fans of the show will no doubt remember the end to last season with Tim Smith getting ready to go into the legal moonshine business. Tim Smith has since launched his business Tim Smith Moonshine and Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine in Georgia and South Carolina with more states soon to be added.

With the Season 3 premier date now set, it’s time to catch up on past episodes of the hit show. Check out Moonshiners: Season 1 here and Moonshiners: Season 2 right here.

“Many will try, but few will shine.”

 

Moonshine History

The story of moonshine is, in many ways, the story of America. 

While many Americans are just learning about the history of moonshine today through the increasing popularity of craft distilling or TV shows like Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners,” moonshine holds a rich and proud history in America.

The skills and traditions of moonshiners continue today, passed down from father to son, from generation to generation. Moonshine is, and always will be, a unique part of America’s proud history.

Whiskey and Colonial America

Moonshining in America dates back to the early 1600’s. Moonshine legend has it that American colonist and Englishman George Thorpe was the first to distill corn whiskey in the United States in the fall of 1620 in what is now Gloucester County, Virginia. Thorpe is said to have brewed a simple beer from corn he obtained from the native Powhatan Indians. Thorpe then distilled this mash, creating the first whiskey from corn, the base of which forms moonshine and, when aged in American oak, bourbon.

Thorpe was not the first person to make whiskey, of course. Whiskey enjoys an even longer history than moonshine, dating back many hundreds of years. Early American settlers were likely versed in the Scotch Irish traditions of whiskey making. But what they found here was a new ingredient than they had available at home – corn – which would come to launch liquor distillation, and moonshine, in America.

American Revolution

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The taxation of distilled spirits has played a substantial role in the history of moonshine that continues today. In the early 1760’s, after a series of victories by the British Empire that protected the American Colonies from the French military threat of the French and Indian war, the Britain determined America should contribute to the costs of its defense and began levying onerous taxes on the American Colonies, including taxes on distilled whiskey. This of course would ultimately lead to the Boston Tea Party, “no taxation without representation,” and the American Declaration of Independence from British rule.

Distilled whiskey played a prominent role in the new America. Beer, cider, and whiskey was consumed in higher quantities than water as the fermentation process made them a safer drinking source than contaminated water.

Whiskey Rebellion

Finding itself struggling to pay for the expenses of defeating the British Empire in the American Revolution, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and President George Washington soon turned to the taxation of whiskey as a means to fund government programs. Beginning in 1791, farmers who had turned their extra corn and grain into profitable whiskey suddenly faced new excise taxes on their whiskey products.

This new tax went over about as well as you would expect, with farmers continuing to distill whiskey, while evading the federal tax collectors, or “Revenuers.” By 1794 the “Whiskey Rebellion” reached its climax when 500 armed rebels attacked the home of the tax inspector general in protest of the whiskey taxes. President Washington responded by quashing the rebellion with 13,000 militia collected from several of the largest early states.

Though Washington won the battle, collection of the whiskey tax remained problematic. The whiskey tax was finally repealed when Thomas Jefferson’s new Republican Party defeated former treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party in 1801.

Prohibition

Moonshine History

In 1920, the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act, was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. The law was the climax to many years of temperance movements, culminating in the enactment of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which established the national prohibition of alcohol in the United States. The 18th Amendment’s purposes were:

  1. to prohibit intoxicating beverages (any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume; moonshine can run 40% to as high as 80% ABV);
  2. to regulate the manufacture, sale, or transport of intoxicating liquor (but not consumption); and
  3. to ensure an ample supply of alcohol and promote its use in scientific research and in the development of fuel, dye and other lawful industries and practices, such as religious rituals.

The Amendment provided that “no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act.”

With their freedom to distill and consume whiskey again threatened as it had been by the British Empire and then their own American government, whiskey drinking and moonshining Americans again rebelled against the outlaw of “intoxicating liquors.” The Roaring Twenties, speakeasies, and classic era of mobs and gangsters soon followed. Ironically, Prohibition actually helped to increase moonshine production – though Prohibition could change the law, it could not change a person’s proclivity toward drink.

It is also during this time that many of the common stereotypes of moonshine and whiskey were solidified. Pushing the production of whiskey underground led to a general decrease in quality and sanitation practices that often produced substandard, and downright dangerous, moonshine. Many of these stereotypes still survive today.

Prohibition is a fascinating period of our American history. Ordinary, otherwise law-abiding, American citizens driven underground merely because they enjoy the fermented and distilled fruits of corn. The creation of a whole subculture of citizens giving money to bootlegging gangsters like Al Capone to help fund their criminal activities. The formation of speakeasies, special secret clubs intricately designed to hide the alcohol consumption taking place within, often with ordinary folks drinking next to high-powered politicians that helped keep the law in place. Just an amazing time in American history.

Bootlegging

The years 1920-1933 saw a rapid growth in bootlegging and the creation of large, intricate moonshining networks. Prohibition forced moonshiners to the hills to produce liquor, and whiskey drinkers underground to consume it. 

It was during the lead up to and enactment of Prohibition that the culture and history of moonshining took hold in the United States, particularly in the South and Appalachia. Prohibition served to create an increased demand for moonshiners’ supplies, driven by the growth of underground drinking in major metropolitan cities like New York and Chicago. Though Prohibition was finally repealed on December 5, 1933 by the 21st Amendment, it helped cement the traditions and folklore of America and moonshiners.

NASCAR

It is said that in 1941 Lloyd Seay won the National Stock Car Championship in a Ford coupe he had driven just twelve hours before on a moonshine bootlegging run. A day later, Lloyd Seay was shot and killed by his cousin in an argument over sugar – a primary ingredient of moonshine.

Car culture had begun to take hold in America by the 1940’s, and with it came the American muscle car. Moonshiners of the 1940’s had every bit the need to outrun the Revenuers as did their early American predecessors, but had a little more horsepower available to them.

In order to evade the tax collectors, and the law, bootleggers souped up the engines and suspensions of their cars while leaving the exteriors unchanged as a means to evade, and outrun, police should they happen upon a moonshine run. Moonshine runners became skilled drivers, valued on their abilities to outrun and outsmart the law. Bootleggers began to hold informal races of their moonshine running cars which, moonshine legend has it, led to the organization of these races into auto racing and, eventually, stock car racing.

One famous moonshine runner named Junior Johnson is one of the legends of early NASCAR. It is said that he quit illegal moonshining in 1960 after winning the Daytona 500. But today, ol’ Junior has gone legal, selling Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Carolina Moonshine 80 proof corn-based liquor.

Popcorn Sutton

No history of moonshine is complete without mentioning immortal moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, the most infamous of modern moonshiners.

Popcorn came from a long line of moonshiners and made a lifelong career of his trade. Sutton’s legend increased in the 2000’s with several television and documentary appearances, including 2002’s documentary The Last One Popcorn Sutton Documentary
as well as recognition from his self-published autobiography and moonshine production guide Me and my Likker.

Popcorn’s legendary run came to an end in 2009 when, facing 18 months in federal prison, Sutton chose to end his life and his moonshining career. His self-authored tombstone reads “Popcorn Said Fuck You.”

Moonshining: An American Tradition

Moonshine Still

Illegal moonshining has waned somewhat from its peak in the 1960’s and 1970’s. But today a growing number of legit, legal moonshines are coming on to the market, many from well-known legendary moonshiners like Tim Smith of the Discovery Channels’ “Moonshiners” and even a ‘shine supposedly based on Popcorn Sutton’s own recipe and affiliated with Hank Williams Jr.

The rise in legal moonshine is a result of government taxation of the moonshine whiskey, which comes in at as much as $15.50 in tax alone just for a gallon. The rapid rise of craft breweries and homebrewing beer has also given rise to a new generation of micro distillers. It’s also paved the way for a growing interest in home distilling, despite the illegality of distilling liquor, even for personal consumption, without a federal license.

Though it is illegal to distill liquor without a permit, it is still legal to own a whiskey still or moonshine still. You can easily find a moonshine still for sale online via marketplaces like Amazon and through a number of still makers providing everything from copper stills to pot stills to stainless steel stills to whiskey still kits.

The Future of Moonshine

Though technology has likely ended the golden era of moonshiners making ‘shine under the cover of the hills by moonlight for good, the traditions of moonshining will live on forever as a fundamental metaphor of American culture.

The recent rise in popularity and interest in moonshine and craft distilling will increase the recognition and appreciation of moonshine, both as a spirit and a uniquely American cultural phenomenon. Tens of thousands of Americans will continue to practice the craft of distilling and efforts to remove penalties for home distilling have already made their way through several state legislatures. If the history of moonshine shows us anything, though, it’s that whiskey will always find a way.

Until then, drink what you think is right. Cheers.

Let’s Hear from You

Have a personal story about your own history with moonshine? Let’s hear it – leave a comment below.

 

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