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Making Moonshine

A quick guide to the alchemy of alcoholic beverages.

Whether it is American moonshine or Russian samogon, it has the same ethanol essence and is the purest form of alcohol. We asked our friend and contributor Mikhail Degtyarev to share his secret recipe for the firewater.

From preparing the base substance to distilling the precious liquid to choosing the right ingredients – these are step-by-step instructions for making samogon. With the right tools, this educational film and extreme precaution, everyone can turn sugar syrup into a high-quality home brew to keep themselves warm and cheerful through the winter. Enjoy the burn and never let the samogon run dry. Na zdorovie!

Thanks to the team at NII space for their assistance with the shoot.