brewing your own beer has been around since the dawn of time.
While moonshining is currently outlawed in the USA, we provide these
books for informational purposes only, for those that are interested in
researching the history of moonshining. Included are books and
guides that go into the details of building a still and how moonshine
was made properly and safely. We also have included a
great section on old time beer brewing, and a ton of mixed drink
Here are just some of the topics that are included within these books
ALCOHOL, ITS VARIOUS PORMS AND SOURCES. Its chemical
structure. How produced. Boiling points. Alcohol and water. Alcohol,
where found. Produced from decomposition of vegetables. Principal
THE PREPARATION OF MASHES, AND FERMENTATION. A synopsis
of steps. Mashing starchy materials. Gelatinizing apparatus and
processes. Saccharifing. Cooling the mash. Fermentation. Yeast. and its
preparation. Varieties of fermentation: —Alcoholic, acetous, lactic and
viscous. Fermenting periods. Fermenting apparatus and rooms.
Strengthening alcoholic liquors.
DISTILLING APPARATUS. The simple
still. Adams still. Concentrating stills. Compound distillation. Dorn’s
still. Continuous distillation. The Cellier-Blumenthal still. Coffey's
still. Current stills. Regulating distillery fire.
MODERN DISTILLING APPARATUS. The principles of modem compound stills.
Vapor traps and their construction. Steam regulation. Feed regulation.
American apparatus. The Guillaume inclined column still.
RECTIFICATION. General principles
of “fractionation.” Old form of rectifying still. Simple fractionating
apparatus. “Vulcan” rectifier. Barbet’s twin column rectifier.
Guillaume’s “Agricultural” rectifying apparatus. Rectifying by
MALTING. The best barley to use. Washing. Steeping.
Germinating. The “wet couch.” The “floors.” “Long malt.” Drying.
Grinding and crushing.
ALCOHOL FROM POTATOES. Washing.
Gelatinizing and saccharifying. Low pressure steaming and apparatus
therefor. Crushing the potatoes. High pressure steaming and apparatus.
The vacuum cooker. The Henze steamer. Isolation of starch without steam.
English methods. Saccharifying the starch.
ALCOHOL FROM GRAIN, CORN, WHEAT,
RICE, ANII OTHER CEREALS. Relative yields of various cereals. Choice of
grain. Proportions of starch, etc., in various grains. Grinding.
Steeping. Preparatory mashing. Saccharifying. Treatment of grain under
high pressure. Softening grain by acid.
ALCOHOL FROM BEETS. Beet cultivation. Composition. Soil and manures.
Sowing. Harvesting. Storing. Production of alcohol from beets. Cleaning
and rasping. Extraction by pressure. Extraction by maceration and
diffusion. The diffusion battery. Fermentation. Direct distillation of
ALCOHOL FROM MOLASSES AND SUGAR
CANE. The necessary qualities in molasses. Beet sugar. Molasses mixing
and diluting. Neutralizing the wash. Pitching temperature. Distilling.
Fermenting raw sugar. Cane sugar molasses. “Dunder.” Clarifying.
Fermenting. Various processes.
ALCOHOLOMETRY. Hydrometers in
general. Proof spirit. Syke’s hydrometer. Gay-Lassacs hydrometer.
Tralles alcoholometer. Hydrometric methods. Estimation of alcohol..
Field's alcoholometer. Grisler’s method and apparatus. Estimating sugar
in mash. Determination of alcoholic fruits. Physical tests. Chemical
tests. The Permanganate of Potash test. Results by Barbet.
DISTILLING PLANTS, THEIR GENERAL
ARRANGEMENT AND EQUIPMENT. Simple apparatus. Elaborate plants. Steam
stills. The fermenting room. Ventilation. Fermenting vats. Preparatory
vats. Arrangement of grain distillery. A small beet distillery. Large
beet distilling plant. Transporting beets. Potato distillery. Molasses
distillery. Fermenting house for molasses. Transportion of molasses to
distillery. Coal consumption.
DE-NATURED ALCOHOL, AND DE-NATURING
FORMULA. Uses of alcohol. De-natured spirit :—Its use in Germany, France
and England. The “De-naturing Act.” The uses of denatured alcohol.
Methods and Formula for denaturing. Denatured alcohol in the industrial
DE-NATURING REGULATIONS IN THE
UNITED STATES. The Free Alcohol Act of 1906, and proposed changes
therein. The Amendment of 1907. Internal Revenue Regulations
All of these
topics, and more are in these included books on DVD, with year of publication
Still Guides and Plans:
Amazing Still Construction
Shows a simple design
of a still that is simple and inexpensive to make and easy to dismantle.
Building a Home
Distillation Apparatus -
that shows how to build a relatively sophisticated distillation
apparatus from commonly available materials, for about 100 bucks.
Pot stills and reflux stills are covered. Distillation purity
considerations, boiler selection, top end design, tools and techniques,
internal reflux condensor, internal reflux top end, valved reflux still
head, valved reflux column, still assembly, heating and cooling the
still, still operation and optimization, are all covered in solid
Building an Ethanol Still
- A 40 page
guide on how to build a still that can actually produce fuel.
Contains enough information to get you well on your way to being self
Distillation of Alcohol
The Processes of
Malting; Mashing and Mascerating; Fermenting and Distilling Alcohol from
Grain, Beets, Potatoes, Molasses, etc., with Chapters on Alcoholometry
and the de-naturing of alcohol, for use in Farm Engines, Automobiles,
Launch Motors, and in Heating and Lighting.
- A brief
overview on the process to help you understand the basics.
Home Distillation Handbook
- How to
Distill Quality Alcohol at Home Inexpensively and Safely This
reference manual is a must for anyone researching distillation.
Contains great tips and tricks.
Simple Moonshine Overview
Just what it sounds, a
brief guide that covers the basics of the construction of a simple
The Spiral Ethanol Still
Shows the design and
construction of a simple ethanol still that is very easy to build.
Distilling - Apparatus of Glass
Distillation Books -
These books go into
the pre-prohibition era of alcohol manufacturing. They show the
tips, tricks, recipes, and processes that were popular in the olden
days. Read about how our ancestors created stills and made alcohol
for inspiration. A must for anyone interested in how liquor used
to be made:
A Treatise on the
Manufacture and Distillation of Alcoholic Liquors 1871
A Treatise on the Manufacture Imitation Adulteration and Reduction of
Foreign Wines Brandies Gins Rums 1860
Chemistry and Technology of Wines and Liquors 1935
Distillation Principles and Processes 1922
Fermented Liquors 1858
The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines 1885
The Art of Distillation 1651
The Art of Making Whiskey and Gin 1819
The Cause and Prevention of Acidity in Malt Liquors 1842
The Complete Distiller 1757
The Complete Grocer - Valuable Receipts for Brandy Rum, Gin and Cordial
of All Kinds 1832
The Complete Practical Distiller 1880
The Distiller 1818
The Distillers Guide Comprehending the Art of Distillation and
The Independent Liquorist; or, the Art and Manufacturing and Preparing
The Manufacture of Liquor and Preserves, translated from the French 1893
The Practical Distiller 1809
The Practical Distiller 1889
Historical Books -
What collection would be complete without some historical
perspective? This complements our other books with some
perspective on alcohol and drinking in the late 1800's:
Bartenders Encyclopedia 1903
Modern American Drinks 1900
New and Improved Bartenders Manual 1888
Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England 1888
The Brewing Industry 1905
The Law and history of Intoxicating Liquors 1881
Twenty five Years of Brewing 1891
Beer Brewing Guides -
We spent all this time
talking about distillation, but this collection also has a TON of beer
brewing guides and books. Anyone who is interested in learning how
beer is to be brewed needs to start with this collection. Learn
how it was done in the olden days and then you'll understand how to brew
the best batch in modern times:
A Practical Treatise on
A Practical Treatise on Brewing 1842
A Practical Treatise on Brewing, and on Storing of Beer Reduced from
Forty Years Experience 1835
A Practical Treatise on Malting and Brewing 1862
A Systematic Handbook of Practical Brewing 1885
A Textbook of the Science of Brewing 1891
A Theoretical and Practical Treatise on Malting and Brewing 1835
A Treatise on Family Winemaking 1814
A Treatise on the Art of Making Wine from Native Fruits 1820
A Treatise on the Culture of the Apple and Pear and on the Manufacture
of Cider and Perry 1801
A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine and the Art of Making Wine 1825
American Handy-Book of the Brewing Malting and Auxiliary Trades 1902
An Elementary Dictionary for Distillers and Brewers 1838
An Elementary Dictionary of the brewers trade 1838
An Elementary Treatise on American Grape Culture and Wine Making 1867
An Essay on Brewing with a View of Establishing the Principles of the
Brewing and Distillation 1849
British and Foreign Spirits 1864
British Winemaker and Domestic Brewer 1835
Cottage Economy Containing Information Relative to the Brewing of Beer
Every Man His Own Brewer 1767
Every Man His Own Brewer or A Compendium of the English Brewery 1768
Fermented Liquors-A Treatise on Brewing Distilling and Rectifying 1858
Grape Culture Wines and Wine-Making 1862
Guide to the Analysis of Potable Spirits 1904
Handy-book for Licenced Victuallers Brewers Wine Retailers 1865
How to Brew with three-fourths Barley to One Fourth Malt 1848
Instructions for Brewing Porter and Stout at an Expense of 4d and 5d per
Key to Grays Brewers Assistant 1848
London Complete Art of Cookery also The Complete Brewer Explaining the
Art of Brewing Porter Ale Twopenny and Table beer
Observations on the Vinous Fermentation 1823
Practical Information on the Best Method of Brewing from Sugar 1847
Practical Treatise on Brewing 1805
Remarks and Experiments on Different Parts of the Process of Brewing
The American Vine-Dressers Guide Being a Treatise on the Cultivation of
the Vine and the Process of Wine Making 1826
The Art and Mystery of Making British Wines Cider Perry Cordials and
Liquors-Also the Whole Art of Brewing 1865
The Art of Brewing 1829
The Art of Brewing and Fermenting in the Summer-and the Making of Malt
The Brewer-A Familiar Treatise on the Art of Brewing with Directions for
the Selection of Malt and Hops 1856
The Compleat Brewer 1760
The Compleat Brewer or the Art and Mystery of Brewing Explained 1760
The Complete English Brewer-or the Art and Mystery of Brewing in All its
Various Branches 1773
The Complete Practical Brewer 1852
The Cultivation of the Native Grape and Manufacture of American Wines
The Culture of the Grape and Wine Making - 1852
The Distillers Guide Comprehending the Art of Distillation and
The Inkeepers and Butlers Guide- or a Directory for Making and Managing
British Wines 1810
The London and Country Brewer 1744
The Manufacture of Cider and Perry 1828
The Manufacture of Liquors Wines and Cordials without the Aid of
The Principles and Practice of Brewing 1907
The Private Brewers Guide to the Art of Brewing Ale and Porter 1822
The Scottish Ale-Brewer and Practical Maltster-Including India Pale Ale
The Secrets of the Mash Tun or Causes of Failure in Producing Good Ale
or Beer 1847
The Theory and Practice of Brewing 1804
The Theory and Practice of Brewing Illus 1846
The Town and Country Brewery Book 1829
The Universal Cook and City and Country Housekeeper 1792
The Vine and its Fruit 1864
The Vine-Dressers Manual, an Illustrated Treatise on Vinyards and
The Vintners and Brewers Guide-Manufacturing Wines Malted Liquors Cider
Perry Vinegar Spirits 1826
The Wine Drinkers Manual 1830
The Wine Merchants Manual, A Treatise on the Fining 1845
Theory and Practice of Brewing With Malted and Unmalted Corn 1829
Treatises on Brewing
Drink Mixing Recipes -
And finally, how could we not include drink recipes?
Hundreds of recipes for all your favorite hard liquor drinks are
included from various sources. You'll be able to make a perfect
martini in no time!:
100 Recipes for Beer
Wine Whiskey other Spirits and Accoutrements
American and Other Drinks 1878
Rum Drink Recipes
Bartending Tips and Tricks
Beverages Deluxe 1914
Burkes Complete Cocktail and Drinking Recipes 1936
4 different Vodka Drink Recipe Guides
Collection of Reciepts For Making Various Beverages 1835
Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks 1869
Dalys Bartenders Encyclopedia 1903
How to Mix Drinks or the Bon Vivants Companion 1862
Tea Vodka Recipes
Liqueur Drink Recipes
The 20th century guide for mixing fancy drinks 1900
The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines 1885
The Complete Bartender 1884
The Ideal Bartender 1917
Vermont Drink Recipes
This collection totals 125+ total books
and guides one DVD in PDF format. Note the collection consumes
approximately 1 GB of disk space. The
books are PDF scans in high quality. Shown below are low
resolution sample images.