Potato Moonshine
A great recipe to test out your shinin' skills to achieve a high proof run!
  • 20 lbs of Potatoes
  • 1 lb of Table Sugar (granulated)
  • 2 lbs of Barley Malt (basic brewers or distillers, non-caramelized)
  • 7 gallons of Filtered Water
  • 1-2 packets of yeast (read our guide on moonshine yeast types)Equipment
  • Boiling Pot
  • Potato Masher
  • Fermentation Bucket
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Airlock
  • Siphon Tube
  • Moonshine Still
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in small 1-inch cubes.
  2. Put the potatoes in a pot and fill it with water until it covers the potatoes.
  3. Boil the potatoes for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Mash the boiled potatoes (it doesn't need to be perfect)
  5. Transfer all of the solids and liquids from the pot into the fermentation bucket.
  6. Top it all off with at least 5 gallons of clean drinking water.
  7. Mix in the sugar with a spoon.
  8. Mix in malted barley (preferably pre-milled).
  9. Let the mixture cool to room temperature (or use a homebrew chiller to speed things up).
  10. Pitch the yeast.
  11. Close the fermenter, make sure the lid is airtight, put the airlock in place
  12. Monitor airlock activity, the fermentation should take about 2 weeks, wait until the bubbling in the airlock has stopped for at least 3-4 days.
  13. Open the fermenter, rack off any solids and sediment from the mash with a siphon tube into the still’s boiler.
  14. Fire up your still and run as normal!
Depending on still type you may get varying proof readings and dripping speeds.

To get authentic vodka you will either need a column still for a single run or a pot still with at least two, preferably three distillations back to back. See our guide on moonshine to learn more!

Discard the first 5oz (the heads) of your run.

Use small glass vessels to collect the spirit and divide the cuts.

Taste test the runs if necessary by mixing a small amount with cold water.

If you’re making vodka, the high proof spirit needs to be diluted (cut down) with an equal amount of clean drinking water.
Recipe by MoonshineRecipe.org at https://moonshinerecipe.org/potato-moonshine/