Anyone know how to make a "still" ...? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if any of you good folks know where I can get plans to make a still--as in to make whiskey?

If TSHTF this is what I plan to do in order to suplement my income, as well as to drink myself (grin), although I don't drink it now, I have a *strong* feeling I will want too....!

Thanks for your help

-- Sub-Mit (, February 28, 1999


I have heard that one could use your plain old pressure cooker. Afix copper coil to the outlet on the lid and give it a go. I don't think you could hurt yourself too bad since most modern pressure cookers have a emergency relief valve built in. I was thinking about distilling wine to make brandy. The whisky process sounds pretty complicated. I guess we will all have lots of time to experiment with such things.

-- Bill Solorzano (, February 28, 1999.

A pressure cooker...hmmm, I guess I'll have to scour the yardsales..., how was that one on M*A*S*H made...?

-- Sub-Mit (, February 28, 1999.

Recommended old book called Brown's Motor Fuels Cookbook(methinks) If ya find a source for this book, let us(me)know! It must be out there, I've seen it, a dandy resource.

zognote: cars in brazil now run on ethanol made from the cubic miles of sugarcane they got--and you can still get a NEW beetle there(the real one)!

In Reply to: Re:Zog: carb??? posted by zog on December 15, 1998 at 02:03:20:

: Recommended old book called Brown's Motor Fuels Cookbook (methinks) : If ya find a source for this book, let us(me)know! It must be out there, I've seen it, a dandy resource.

Zog, Thanks for your response. Good ideas, as always! Here's the source, I haven't ordered yet, but gunna! Y2Dave

Re: Books on alc production Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 12:50:04 -0600 From: Dianne Miller

We deal the old fashioned way. Just send a check or money order for the book you want and we will ship your order to you. We don't wait for checks to clear before we mail out the orders.

Brown's Alc Motorfuel Cookbook is $15.00. How to Build a Junkyard till is $12.00. All prices include shipping.

Sincerely, Mike Brown

-- Still the 1 (Still@home.alc), February 28, 1999.

Do you have an address where to send check for these books?

got copper tubing??

-- Taz (, February 28, 1999.

Just some advice: It might be wise not to state one's intention to distill liquor ( it is illegal in the U.S. ), especially with the intention of selling it, on a public forum such as this; one never knows who is reading your post.

However, I came across a fascinating book on Cider-- Cider, Making, Using and Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider by Proulx & Nichols ISBN 0-88266-969-9

There is a fascinating section on the historical practice of distilling applejack, with a VERY educational discussion on stills mad with normal kitchen stuff and copper coil ( along with pictures ). You might find it as fascinating as I did, and you should be able to get or order this book at any bookstore.

-- The_Grinch (, February 28, 1999.

I'm sure you can find copious instructions with a simple web search.

I've been thinking along the same lines but I've been trying to brew beer. In fact you might want to stick with easier tasks such as wine and cider making. Also, bathtub whiskey can be dangerous and had been known to poison thousands during Prohibition.

-- Joe O (, February 28, 1999.

Well I made one and it works real good:o) Butt cann'tt remember how I did ittt... hhuuummmmm

-- Drunkard (, February 28, 1999.

I believe that either Countryside or Backwoods Home had an article on this a few months back. The magazine noted that they were not endorsing moonshining, but pointed out that it could be a fine post Y2K business.

-- Drunk_some (, February 28, 1999.

It was Countryside....Jerry Belanger's Magazine. or something like that. A very very good series of basic homesteading, beginning last September or so. The still (for water, maybe?) was in the first issue of the series. Pogo

-- Pogo (, February 28, 1999.

To the best of my knowledge, it is LEGAL to make your own booze, up to 200 gallons a year for your personal use only. Selling/trading/etc is not allowed. :(

-- Bill (, February 28, 1999.

Taz: Contact the person at the email address given in the original post to order

-- shineboy (inthestillofthenite@kentucky.kid), March 01, 1999.

Check out Lindsey books at

There is a book there that gives instructions on still building...

-- j (, March 01, 1999.

There are not only detailed instructions on making a whisky still, but expert advice on how to make good whiskey in the first Foxfire book. You should be able to get this one off the shelf at Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton, etc.

-- Hardliner (, March 01, 1999.

You can get flexible copper pipe of correct size at Pep Boys. I have Brown's book (I think it's his, I picked it up at a gun show) and he also tells how to modify an engine to run on the alcohol you make. Could be right useful if oil industry goes down. Also tells how to ferment from grain. If you live in midwest, you could trade grain for fuel and engine mods.

-- Nope (, March 01, 1999.

you're better off learning to distill pure water.

-- b (b@b.b), March 01, 1999.

Thanks everyone, I knew I could count on this forum...!

BTW: Did I say I was going to *sell* it? Geesh, I sure didn't mean that, I won't sell a drop and that is a "Clinton Promise." ;-)

thanks again...

-- Sub-Mit (, March 02, 1999.

Thanks - I'm not ready to live without bourbon... good stuff here.

-- Lisa (dry@work.only), March 02, 1999.

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