Applejack Moonshine
A historical method to a unique and tasty beverage! Impress your friends by making your own!
  • 5 gallons Unpasteurized Apple Cider
  • 5 pounds Table or Cane Sugar (granulated)
  • 1 packet of Yeast (preferably Cider Yeast, check out our guide on yeast)Equipment - See our guide here!
  • Boiling Pot
  • Fermentation Bucket
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Airlock
  • Siphon Tube
  • Strainer/Filter (optional)
  • Storage Vessel (5 gal is ideal size)
  • Freezer w/ space for 5-gallon storage vessel
  1. Pour one gallon of apple cider into the boiling pot, heat it up to about 160°F then mix in the sugar until dissolved completely.
  2. Mix the resulting syrup with the remaining 4 gallons of apple cider in a sanitized fermentation bucket.
  3. Let mixture cool to below 75 degrees and then add yeast.
  4. Cover the bucket with an airtight lid, place the airlock and let ferment for a minimum of five days until complete stop of any activity in the fermenter. The airlock shouldn't have any movement for 1-2 days.
  5. After fermentation is complete, separate the liquid from the yeast by siphoning off the liquid into a separate storage vessel.
  6. Put the vessel with the strained cider into the freezer.
  7. Check back periodically for ice crystal formation atop of the liquid and remove them.
The more ice you remove, the higher the proof will be of the remaining cider.

Typically, ice formation will slow significantly around 30-40% ABV.
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