How to Make Moonshine

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Moonshine was originally a slang term for distilled spirits of high-proof, usually produced without government authorization. Although moonshine has now been legalized in some areas, it’s still illegal to distill alcohol without having a distilled spirits permit or a federal fuel alcohol permit. The folks back at home love a good ol’ fashion recipe for moonshine, and we’re here to share. Below is a recipe for how to make moonshine from us here at Sheplers, one of the best western stores online. This recipe for moonshine is for informational purposes, and should not be used illegally.


Ingredients and Supplies

  • 15-gallon metal pot
  • 5-gallon paint bucket
  • Pressure cooker
  • 2 yards copper tubing
  • 10 pounds of cornmeal
  • 10 pounds of sugar
  • .5 ounce of yeast
  • Cheesecloth, or white t-shirt
  • Wooden spoon to stir
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Federal fuel alcohol or distilled spirits permit


How to Make Moonshine Mash

  1. Boil 10 gallons of water in the 15-gallon metal pot.
  2. Add the cornmeal to the water and stir it.
  3. Allow the cornmeal to cook for a few minutes until it thickens into a paste.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool.
  5. Pour the mixture into the 5-gallon paint bucket.
  6. Add the sugar and yeast into the cornmeal mixture.
  7. Cover the bucket with the cheesecloth or white t-shirt and place it in a cool, dark place to allow for the fermentation to take place.
  8. For about 1-2 weeks, the mash will rise higher and higher every day. The mash is ready for the next stage in the recipe for moonshine once it stops bubbling and rising.


How to Distill Moonshine Mash

  1. Strain the fermented mash through the cheesecloth into a new bucket or pot.
  2. Pour the strained fermented mash into the pressure cooker and throw away the leftover solid pieces that have been strained out.
  3. Create a condenser by running the copper tubing from the lid or the pressure cooker to a sink filled with cold water. The tubing in the cold water should be coiled.
  4. Run the other end of the tube to a clean container on the floor.
  5. Turn on the stove and allow the ingredients inside warm to no more than 177 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point of grain alcohol.
  6. The liquid dipping to the container on the floor is moonshine!
  7. You will need to discard the low-boiling liquid leftover, which contains methanol.
  8. This recipe for moonshine should allow you to collect about 2 gallons of liquid once you’ve transferred them to glass jars.


Completed moonshine is about 190 proof – it’s practically pure grain alcohol. Our men’s western wear professionals suggest making it half strength by mixing it with water. Make sure you clean all your equipment properly one you’re finished.

While learning how to make moonshine it could take a few tries before it’s perfect. There’s flavors, spices, fruits, and other ways to spruce it up. We hope you enjoyed our recipe on how to make moonshine!

Sheplers, one of the best western stores online, has plenty of glassware you can fill with your new scientific creation. Shop Sheplers today.

Summer Tailgates with Country Style

Summer is the time to be outside spending time with family and friends, and what better way to do that by summer tailgating? Sheplers, one of the best country stores online, knows everything about throwing a western, country style tailgate – so look no further! Follow these country style tailgate tips and get to planning.


First things first – grab an SUV and convert your SUV into a table. All you have to do is open the trunk, add a table cloth and put a cooler full of drinks, some snacks, and whatever food you have. This is also a great meeting place and everyone will love sitting around the trunk.


Next, you have to pick the perfect menu. Summer tailgating is great for sliders, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, veggies – just about any sort of finger food you can think of. Your food display is just as important as your menu. It’s a good idea to splurge on quality condiments and drinks for your guests. You should always present your food and drinks in unique serving trays and mixers. You can add some fun, festive straws, plates, and napkins to enhance your set up!


Once you have your menu set, you absolutely cannot skimp on presentation. A little decoration goes a long way! Look for some fun placemats and table runners. It’s also important to have another table set up for any extra space you may need.


Lastly, Sheplers recommends setting up tailgate games! Tailgate games keep you and your guests busy throughout the entire tailgate, and they make for even more memories. Cornhole is a great tailgate game because it allows guests to mingle and play the game while also being able to hold onto a cold drink too.


Sheplers, one of the best western stores online, have professionals seasoned in summer tailgating. Take the tips from us and get to partying!

Country Music Summertime Jams

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It’s summertime, and all you want to do is sit by the pool, head to the lake, or go sit on the beach – but how can you enjoy any of these without some good music? Sheplers western wear has created this list of country summertime songs for you to play at your next get together, or even just on your own personal speaker.


“Toes” by Zac Brown Band is the epitome of summertime. Its lyrics describe the perfect summer day “I got my toes in the water, a– in the sand/ Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand.” This song is so great that you can be at work and this song will take you right to the beach.


“Somewhere on a Beach” by Dierks Bentley is another classic summertime jam. Dierks Bentley makes you feel like you are at the beach with this song, and it can get you truly embracing summertime.


Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” is one of the best summer songs not only in country – but in any genre of music. In a genius way, Kid Rock mixed instrumental portions of “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London” letting everyone who listens to the song feel like they are back in those youthful, innocent summer days.


“Summertime” by Kenney Chesney aka “King of Summer” first became a hit in 2006, and it still lands on lists of country summertime songs because it truly celebrates the joys we feel when summertime is finally here.


Last but not least, Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” is a hit about a young love’s first encounter on Labor Day that gets you feeling the love all summer long.


These country summertime songs put together by Sheplers western wear will have you set for the entire summer. Before you do anything else, add them to your playlist right now!

Plan the Perfect Summer BBQ with this Western Décor

Summer is here! And there’s nothing more exciting about summertime than the celebrations over the next couple of months. Every weekend is something new, and one week it’s going to be at your place! Spice up your summer BBQ, add some zest, and make it a summertime jam to remember with some tips from Sheplers western wear.


Decorate your party before it’s even started with western-themed invitations! Invitations provide a preview for your party theme. Include all important details, especially if you wish for your guests to wear western style clothes as part of the party!


What more could you wish for from a summer BBQ than grilled corn on the cob? Big Sky Carvers has created novelty corn holders that look like shotgun shells! If shotgun shell corn holders don’t say spicy western BBQ, we don’t know what does!


No summer BBQ party is complete without a convenient bottle opener. No more asking everyone at the party if they have a bottle opener handy! Mount this horseshoe design cast iron bottle opener in an appropriate place so the drinkers at the party can open their bottles with ease.


If you want to spice things up at your BBQ literally, there’s nothing more country western feel than a salt and pepper shaker set in a filigree and saddle stitch holder with a painted cow skull on it. Aside from all the lovely western décor on the tables at your party, this simple piece is warm and inviting. Everyone gathered around the table will ask, pass the salt, please?


If you’re looking for more western décor for your summer BBQ, you can find serving plates, utensils and cutlery, and much more at Sheplers, your one stop shop for all things western.