How to make moonshine mash. BTW it’s NOT illegal to own a still.

Moonshine mash is a popular way to make an alcoholic beverage using a few basic ingredients. Start by mixing the cornmeal, sugar, water, and yeast together. Then, ferment the mash so it becomes alcoholic and distill it so it tastes great as a drink. You can then sip moonshine mash on its own or add it to cocktails or other drinks for a little kick.

Obviously in most places, it’s illegal to make moonshine in large quantities. But studying how to make liquor is not. And contrary to popular opinion it is not illegal to own a still.

Still ownership law is overseen by a department in the US Treasury – the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau. US Federal law states that it is legal for anyone to own a still or distilling equipment if it is used for “legal purposes.” This means that if you are a collector or are interested in having a whiskey still as a decoration, you do not need to apply for any federal licenses or register your still. You may simply continue to use it for legal purposes.

Federal law also sees the distillation of non-alcoholic products as a “legal purpose.” If you are using your still to distill water or essential oils, you also do not need to apply for any federal permit or register the still.

Copper stills are often also used in chemistry laboratories, and for various scientific experiments and procedures. If you own and use a “moonshine still” (any design of distilling equipment) for these purposes, you do not need to register or license your still. Check out the full details here:

Check out how to get permits to distill ethanol for vehicles, or to make your own whiskey here. Laws vary by state but it’s usually illegal to make alcoholic spirits that you drink. But leaning distilling skills would come in very handy for barter when The SHTF.

To make moonshine mash, boil water in a 20 gallon pot. Add cornmeal and boil for 5-7 minutes. Then, reduce the heat and add sugar and yeast. Stir the mixture for 5-10 minutes, until it becomes soupy, and remove it from the heat. If you want to add more flavor, mash dried fruit in water until it becomes more of a juice and add it to the mash. Place the mash in a cool, dark place to ferment for 4-5 days.

You’ll need:


  • 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) ground cornmeal
  • 10 pounds (4.5 kg) white granulated sugar
  • 10 gallons (38 l) of water (distilled if possible)
  • 12 ounce (14 g) active dry yeast, preferably Turbo
  • 1 to 2 cups (0.24 to 0.47 l) water
  • 1-2 bags dried fruit (optional)


  • 20 gallons (76 l) stainless steel pot
  • Stove top or outdoor stove
  • Liquid thermometer
  • Long-handled wooden or metal spoon
  • A pressure cooker
  • A coiled copper pipe
  • Electrical tape
  • A copper still