How to Build a Copper “Moonshine” Still – Part 1

How to Build a Copper “Moonshine” Still – Part 1


bjbj Hi, I am Kyle Brown with Clawhammer Supply.
Thank you very much for purchasing a Moonshine Still Kit from us. In this video, we will
show you how to assemble this five gallon still. This video applies to the 5 and the
10 gallon stills. Although the stills are different sizes, the process for assembling
them is the same. We strongly suggest that you watch the entire video, start to finish
before beginning your project and if at any time you have additional questions, you could
always go to our website www.clawhammersupply.com for more information and resources. Have fun
and good luck. Before we get started, let s talk about safety. We will be using a torch.
We will be handling copper that may have burrs on it with some sharp edges. Anything you
are using a torch or handling copper, you will be wearing gloves. Safety glasses. We
will be hammering things. When you solder, the flux might boil a little bit and splash
up so you always want to be wearing safety glasses. Finally, a VOC mask. You want to
wear your mask when you are soldering. I would also suggest you don t solder anything in
an enclosed area. Make sure you have good ventilation. s talk about the tools. You will
need pliers, hammers, something to hammer against. You can go out and buy specialty
tools at auto parts supply stores or Home Depot or whatever. You could also just use
common tools that you probably lying around the house. We will talk a bit about each type
of tool and the different options you have. First, you will need a set of locking pliers
or vice grips, little guys, needle nose, bigger vice grips, even some sort of C-clamp vice
grips like these are handy. You probably have something like this lying around the house.
This will be the best tool to use for the job but something like this will get the job
done for you. Hammer you can use a regular framing hammer if you have one lying around.
Preferably not an actual framing hammer, something with a flat surface on the front, just some
sort of claw hammer. Anything that you have lying around the house that will pound the
roof flat will work. Ideally, a ball-peen hammer for body work or other similar work
would be the ideal tool to use. A mace. Just any sort of solid metal surface to hammer
against. If you have a solid metal table, a body mace like this, an anvil, a vice if
you have one for the hammering surface and even a sledge hammer or a bigger hammer. If
you can secure it somehow where just laying this on the table and hammering against it
will get the job done for you. Ideally, this will be the tool that you will want to see
me pick up. Most of the edges on your parts will be roughed up already, but as you work
with it, it might get corroded a little bit. A wire brush of some sort will be the ideal
tool for roughing up an edge of copper before you solder it. Sandpaper will work just as
well. You will need something to bend the tabs with on the bottom of the broiler. A
standard pair of channel lock pliers will do the job. You will see me using some 4 sheet
metal pliers to bend the tabs with. It makes it go a little bit quicker. This will get
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25 Comments

  1. Poppamonk, we don't tell people how to distill. Anyone wanting to make whiskey with their stills should purchase a good book on distilling and follow safety precautions such as tossing the foreshots. Good point though.

  2. alchohol makes light in lamps, with no kerosene smell. alchohol and steam can also generate electricity. do you have time, food grain, and land to waste getting yourself crippled like an old slobbering baby? a fool can see that you could eat, heat and light your house, and drive a vehicle, without being a slave to someone else, boy! stop a-suckin' on that jug before they "shine your moon" for ye! REPENT! – james mcashan for the US Senate

  3. VOC and well ventilated area are both great ideas. I do a lot of soldering as well as braising in the heating and air conditioning business and I've learned the hard way what the chemicals in the smoke given off well soldering can do, I have spent time in the hospital to clean the toxins out of my body. Also if you do plan on drinking your product please use lead free solder and flux.

  4. jcglessner – Yes, true! I just built a homemade fume hood by locating my shop table under a window. I formed a hood using insulation board and stuck a small fan up in the widow opening. When I solder I crack the window and turn the fan on low. It works a hundred times better than i even thought it would!

  5. Kyle, I just pressure tested mine. The only leaks are around where the column inserts into the vapor cone (where the copper sheet metal overlaps). I don's see a way to make it 100% air tight without some type of sealant–maybe corn meal paste? Any other ideas?

    The only problems I had was hammering the rivots down into a pancake shape. My backer was the cast iron top of a table saw and I used a ball peen hammer. The rivots kept leaning over and they wound up an oval blob of mashed metal.

  6. My own spirit – Yes, cornmeal and rye flower will be what you want to use here. It will actually seal it up perfectly because the paste actually bakes to the still. It's what the old timers used to do and is low-tech, but pretty amazing!

    Yeah, the rivets can be kind of tricky. The easiest thing to do if you don't have an anvil is to use a sledge hammer as the backer. Prop it over the edge of a table and secure with some clamps. It works pretty well.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  7. Kyle…I am looking for a way to make destilled water. Can your system (kits) work for water?
    Do you know how I would go about destilling water?

  8. Great series of vids… If only I could get a penny that flat so as to have enough copper sheet stock! I'm broke up here in NY, but check out my video series for a little something different. It's all about making a living these days!

  9. claw i have a question never got into the mill meter sizes . i have made a few from copper wash tubs . but what about roofing flashing 20" x 25' rolls what thickness shoul i be getting i dont know millmeters i know gauge . can you let me know ty and you do great work

  10. This is probably a dumb question but what do you attach to the end of your condenser to collect? Do you use copper tubing or plastic hose?

  11. From what i have researched, if you make a 5 gallon batch you need to throw out the first 50 ML of liquid due to the fact that its the low boiling point of the impurities in the alcohol. These impurities are also found in house hold cleaners and acid tone which is why they are extremely bad for you, After you throw away the first 50 ML, you have the body of the alcohol and it is safe to bottle. Near the end of the cycle, you should notice a rise in heat and a bitter taste.This is called the tail

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