Pressure cookers are often used for cooking a variety of food, but you can also use it for producing moonshine or brandy. Before we dive into this pressure cooker still recipe, let’s look at the components that go into making a pressure cooker still.
You will need the following equipment:
*Never use an aluminum pressure cooker - aluminum corrodes and deteriorates quickly and may be unsafe when attaching copper tubing.
Take the pressure cooker and attach one end of the straight copper tubing to the vent. Take the other end of the straight copper tubing and run it through a sink so that cold water surrounds the tubing. Continue running the copper tubing into the copper or steel bucket.
Once the copper tubing has entered the bucket, it will need to be coiled. Coiled copper tubing helps the alcohol cool before it enters the bucket, so this is an essential requirement to follow when setting up a still.
Pressure cooker → Sink → Large Bucket
Now that you know how to set up a pressure cooker still, let’s go over how to use it. Before getting started, make sure you have your pressure cooker still assembled. You will need to create the sour mash that goes into the pressure cooker about 5 days prior. Don’t worry - the recipe below will show you exactly how to make the sour mash that will be going into the pressure cooker.
The sour mash is what is used to create the liquor. You will add the sour mash directly into the pressure cooker and turn the pressure cooker on to 173°F. Once the sour mash has reached 173°F, steam will be created and pulled through the copper tubing that has been inserted at the vent of the pressure cooker.
As the alcohol steam is pulled from the pressure cooker through the copper tubing, it will need to be cooled. This is what turns the sour mash into drinkable liquor and may be the most important step in the process. The steam will be cooled as it travels through the copper tubing that is submerged in cold water. As the hot steam cools off, it will condense and will follow the copper tubing into the third and final stage.
The copper tubing that goes from the cold water into the bucket will give you the finished product. The condensed steam will travel the coiled copper tubing before exiting into the bucket. The coiled copper tubing will further help the condensed steam cool before it exits and fills the bucket.
Now that you know how to make traditional corn mash moonshine using a pressure cooker setup, the possibilities are endless! Flavor the moonshine with your favorite fruit or even place it in your own personal whiskey barrel to create a caramelized color and mellower flavor.