The easiest way to accomplish aging is to add charred American white oak sticks or shavings to a jar or bottle of spirits (such as the product picture to the right). The charred wood will naturally absorb and release spirits contained within the vessel, allowing the wood to impart its flavors to the spirit.
Accordingly, how long should moonshine age?
This is a tricky question to answer, as it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to several years. However, small batch distillers definitely have the advantage here. When you are making moonshine whiskey in smaller batches, excellent results only take a fraction of the time they would at larger commercial distilleries.
Likewise, people ask, can you age alcohol faster?
Alcohol is linked to age in lots of ways. You have to be old enough to drink it legally, and once you are, it can age you faster than normal. Heavy drinking can have a direct effect on certain parts of your body and on your mental health as you get older. And it can have some unhealthy indirect effects, as well.
Can you turn moonshine into whiskey?
Burn the oak blanks with a blowpipe to make them slightly charred along the entire surface. Put 2-4 pieces into the jar, pour them over with moonshine and close it tightly with a lid. Let it age for 3-4 months in a cold dark place. A more prolonged aging (1 year or longer) enhances the taste of homemade whiskey.
It is advised for those making their own moonshine to use wood chips rather than aging the wash in a barrel, as they are better at flavor enhancement. Other methods on how to make aged moonshine, such as aging in a barrel is necessary for a successful and tasty flavor profile.
“It is possible for a spirit to get too old. … There’s a lot of debate about optimal aging times—particularly for whiskey—and the ranges vary further still depending on how the spirit is made. But here’s a good rule of thumb: If it was aged in a barrel, those extra years might mean extra flavor.
What proof to age and oak moonshine at ? To age and oak whiskey or bourbon it’s best to dilute it to 100 – 130 proof (50 – 65 % ABV).
Unlike wine, an unopened bottle of whiskey does not get better the longer it sits on your shelf. It can sit there for years, even decades, as long as it’s stored in the right environment, particularly the right temperature (room temperature, around 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit).