Should I refrigerate moonshine?

Answered by Cody Janus

There is a common misconception that moonshine needs to be refrigerated for storage. However, the truth is that moonshine does not require refrigeration for proper storage. Unlike perishable food items, moonshine is a distilled spirit and does not spoil or go bad.

Moonshine is typically stored in glass bottles or jars with tight-fitting lids. As long as the container is sealed properly, your moonshine should remain safe to consume for an extended period. The alcohol content in moonshine acts as a preservative, preventing the growth of bacteria or other microorganisms that could spoil the spirit.

That being said, while refrigeration is not necessary, storing your moonshine in the fridge won’t harm it either. The cool temperature of the refrigerator can help maintain the quality of the moonshine by slowing down any potential chemical reactions that could alter its flavor. Some people prefer to keep their moonshine chilled, especially if they enjoy drinking it cold.

However, it’s important to note that the storage conditions are more critical than the temperature itself. Moonshine should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Exposure to light and heat can accelerate the aging process and potentially alter the taste of the moonshine. So, if you choose to refrigerate your moonshine, make sure to keep it away from any light sources within the fridge.

Additionally, if you open a bottle of moonshine, it’s essential to reseal it tightly to prevent any exposure to oxygen. Oxygen can gradually oxidize the alcohol, leading to changes in flavor and aroma. So, whether you store your moonshine in the fridge or at room temperature, always ensure that the bottle is tightly sealed to minimize exposure to oxygen.

Refrigeration is not necessary for storing moonshine, but it won’t harm the spirit either. The most important factors in preserving the quality of your moonshine are avoiding exposure to light, heat, and oxygen. As long as you store your moonshine in a cool, dark place with a tightly sealed container, your moonshine should remain enjoyable for a long time.