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by Dennis
(Upstate, NY)

I'm sorry I know this is not for questions but I know the copper tubing is for the moonshine vapors to cool but how is that possible it u have water pumping unless you have two separate tubes touching each other.

So if water is going through the tube do you have another tube in contact with it for the vapor and do you really have to get rid of the first half cup of your batch? And if so why?

I thought I could just have vapor tube travel through a bucket of water. Please respond. Thanks. And how much for you to make a still for me?

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May 21, 2012
Making Moonshine Safely
by: Anonymous

yes, in order to make moonshine safely it is a very good idea to get rid of the distillate that runs out first. This first lot of moonshine is most likely tainted ethanol which could contain methanol which attacks optical nerves. Use a thermometer to check the boiling point of the distillate. Anything under 173F is bad.

May 20, 2012
Methanol in Moonshine
by: Anonymous

The first distillate isn't ethanol, it's methanol, a product some people call "wood" alcohol. It is highly poisonous. Don't drink it.

Apr 21, 2012
Pure ethanol?
by: Anonymous

If the problem with the first 1/2 cup was that it is pure ethanol, it could simply be diluted and consumed. I think the actual problem is a high concentration of other more poisonous volatile chemicals from the mash. These chemicals have a lower boiling point than alcohol and are thus found in higher concentrations in the first portion of the distillate.

Feb 07, 2012
thats how and thats why moonshine
by: Anonymous

yes you can run copper through bucket and if u don't throw out the first half cup you will be poisoned/ go blind as the first half cup of moonshine is straight ethanol.

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