It is legal to own a moonshine still or alcohol still, but illegal to produce and sell alcohol and moonshine without a proper license. Many home brewing enthusiasts use a high-tech version of a moonshine still to produce other distilled alcohol beverages for their own personal consumption. Before investing in a home moonshine or alcohol still system, however, it pays to know the local laws concerning the production of alcoholic beverages.
Because the production of alcohol without a license is illegal, a moonshine still would commonly be hidden deep within a mountainous region. Ideally, the moonshine still would be set up near a flowing creek, which would serve as a primitive cooler for the copper tubing. The moonshiner would first mix together a slurry of corn meal, sugar, water and yeast in a large container, then transfer the mixture to the moonshine still itself. After a few days of fermentation, this "corn mash" would acquire a distinctive odor, which is another reason why a moonshine still is generally set up in isolated locations.