This is my first distiller product that I’ve purchased and it’s been something I’ve been wanting to get into for a long time. I enjoy visiting distilleries, but was a little hesitant to buy one myself and figure out the process. A few attempts later and all my concerns were assuaged by the ease of use of the VEVOR moonshine still.
After thoroughly researching a variety of similar products, I pulled the trigger and bought the three gallon VEVOR Moonshine Still. There were a lot of products across the price spectrum, and found this product to have the most features in the price point I was comfortable spending. I found the 3 gallon size to be perfect for someone who just wants to dip their toes into distilling their own alcohol but still have. sturdy enough product to grow as skill increases. Overall, the product looks great on my stovetop and was fun to experiment with to get the whiskey just how I wanted it.
Since I have been wanting to try making my own whiskey, I had done some research on different brands and models. When the VEVOR Moonshine arrived, I was confident in my decision. Firstly, the product quality is top-notch. I was impressed by the stainless steel construction and durability of the distiller. The reinforced bottom gave me confidence that the product will last longer than some of the competition, since I was going to be using it directly on my electric stovetop. I’ve heard friends complain about the time it takes to cool, but with this product there was no issue at all. The size of the product takes up just a bit more room than your average seafood pot, so I was pleasantly surprised that this stores easily in my small downtown apartment.
Instructions were easy to follow, which was important to a beginner like my wife and I. The unit felt secure after attaching the safety clips and were easy to get on and off without feeling too easily breakable. While the whiskey turned out pretty good, I’m excited to ferment some agave nectar for tequila and some molasses for rum, plus maybe some wines for when friends come over. The ease of use would make a great event to do with friends with pretty minimal prep if you’re looking for a fun group activity.
Once you’ve perfect your formula for the moonshine mash, the VEVOR makes the steps easily laid out (and fun!). Once you ferment the yeast, you can begin to use the still to distill the mash. It’s fun to watch the distilling process in action with the steam and how everything blends together. As the pressure inside the still builds up, the alcohol begins to evaporate through the escape pipe. The steam goes past the cooling coils on its way out and the result is what makes the alcoholic liquid- moonshine. Like I said, you have to experiment with the fermenting process a few times to get it right, and the same for the distilling process. If your sugar/water ratios are off in the very beginning, you won’t be able to get the results you’re looking for. However, once you get it right, it’s really incredibly gratifying. I felt like a Chicago gangster during the 1920’s prohibition era.
I think with any new distiller/moonshine product, there is a learning curve. It took a few tries before I was comfortable with the process, but eventually figured out how to time the drips to get the best tasting product. Luckily there is a handy thermometer that helps you figure out where you need to be. Don’t get discouraged if you’re a newbie! You can’t beat the price for the quality of this product. For the price, I expected loose parts or being overwhelming to put together, but was pleasantly surprised at the ease of use. This makes for a great social activity to do with friends who are also interested in distilling. Bonus points if one of them has a chemistry background to experiment with different types of drinks at an expert level.