Avoid Hangovers and Alcohol Warnings

How to Avoid Hangovers

Try this, next time you have a “session”.

For EVERY 50 ml of spirit at 40% alc/vol or equivalent, you drink (regardless of amount of ice, water or whatever added), drink 200 ml of water before AND another 200 ml after. Also refrain from overeating eight hours before, during, and eight hours after. Radical Stuff?? Well you may enjoy a “wee dram” instead of pain and suffering next day.

Now the next bit is as important as the water, as not only do they work in conjunction with each other, they also work independently. Take copius quantities of the Vitamin B Group, before, during and after the session. Why I hear you cry???

  1. Alcohol depletes vitamin B group
  2. B group is a major metaboliser of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
  3. Lack of B group, glocose to the brain.
  4. B group helps maintain fluid levels.

Alcohol Warnings

A little humor off the net …

Due to increasing products liability, alcoholic beverages manufacturers have accepted the Medical Association’s suggestion that the following Warning labels be placed immediately on all bottles.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a wanker.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell the same boring story over and over again until your friends want to smash your face in.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that people are really dying for you to telephone them at 4 in the morning.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your clothes.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with other members of the opposite sex without spitting.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you possess mystical Kung-Fu powers.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may lead to traffic signs and cones appearing in your home.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe you are invisible.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that people are laughing with you.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may cause an influx in the time-space continuum, whereby small (and sometimes large) gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.

Warning: Consumption of alcohol may actually cause pregnancy.

Heat Source Guide


Hot Plates

110 Volt/1500 Watt Boilers up to 8 gallons

220 Volt/2000 Watt Boilers up to 13 gallons

Boiler sits on top of hot plate and heats from the bottom.

Emersion Heater with Thermostat

110 Volt/1500 Thermostat Boilers up to 8 gallons

This heating element does cycle, but is affordable

Emersion Heaters with Controllers

110 Volt/1500 Watt Single – Boilers up to 8 gallons

220Volt/5500 Watt Single – Boilers up to 26 gallons

220 Volt/5500 Watt Dual –  Boilers from 26 to 60 gallons

220 Volt/5500 Watt Quad – Boilers from 60 to 150 gallons

These controllers function like a dimmer switch and supplies constant power while allowing the operator the control the amount of power by adjusting the knob. Constant power with no power cycling.

The 220 Volt controllers with emersion heaters simply clamp to the boiler and are an excellent heat source that allow the operator to have total control over the heat. (see thumbnail photos on each controllers page to see how they easily camp into all of Mile Hi Distilling’s boilers)


SQ 14 Boilers up to 15 gallons

Kick A Banjo 26 gallon Boiler

The SQ14 is a basic gas burner that also works well on kegs. Kick A Banjo is best suited for the 26 gallon boiler and has a surface area of 17″. The 10″ burner really puts out the BTUs.

See all heat sources, photos, and pricing on our heat source page

A Touch of Moonshine History

Moonshine. Branchwater. Fire water. White lightning. There are many names for homemade alcohol and just as many reasons why a person decides to distill their own spirits. For some, especially in the Appalachians, home distilling is a time honored tradition and family recipes for the perfect sippin’ whiskey are closely guarded. Some people see it as a business or a way of supplementing income during hard times. Still others simply like to know what they’re drinking; they want control of the ingredients that are used in their alcohol and that type of control can only happen when you’re making the product yourself. Along with all those factors, the upswing in the DIY movement, of getting back to the land and becoming more self-sufficient, has led to a resurrection of the time honored craft of home distilling.

The history of distilled spirits is as old as mankind. Virtually every civilization, every country, and every ethnic group, has always had it’s own special type of distilled brew. It would be safe to say that the hankering for alcohol is a human need, although not exclusively a human desire. Even in nature, animals will seek out fermented fruit to get a little buzz on. Inside a copper still, the alchemy of fermentation turns simple sugars, fruits, and grains into a drink that brings people together in pubs, over dinner tables, at the joy of weddings, and the sorrow of wakes.

Here in the melting pot of the USA cultures from all over the world brought their libations of choice, along with the secrets of how they’re made, to Ellis Island. Scotch, Irish whisky, rye, bourbon, rum — only in America was there such a readily available choice of spirits. Today there are roughly 200,000 moonshiners operating in the US. In spite of that it was, and still is, illegal to make moonshine, largely because commercially produced alcohol is a huge source of revenue for the federal government. Alcohol taxes account for about five percent of the country’s revenue. And yet, despite the risks associated with home distilling, which can include hefty fines, jail time, and property seizure, the craft continues to grow. Once an activity that only took place in remote locations under the watchful eye of the moon, people are now distilling in garages, basements, backyards, and spare bedrooms. From the boondocks to suburbia, people are getting their shine on and whether you’re a novice or an experienced distiller we have the products you need to get you going on your journey. Let’s take a walk in the moonlight.