Van Brunt Stillhouse
Thursday, August 21 @ 7pm
Topic: Gather intel in preparation for making moonshine on Mars. Afterwards, we’ll dine & discuss at Brooklyn Ice House.
We met at Van Brunt Stillhouse to talk to some professionals. ‘Moonshine’ refers to distilled spirits which are not barrel-aged – when producing alcohol on Mars, oak barrels, etc., will be a luxury – and probably out of reach for the first colonists.
When planning your Martian Moonshine, consider:
1. Anything with sugar can be used to make alcohol. Organic matter is precious and should not be wasted, so foods that don’t make it to the plate might be the most economical option – banana peels, fruit scraps, and other compostables.
2. Most of the method moonshine is made on Earth will apply, however, Mars’ lower gravity (40% of Earths), will affect the process – particularly the pouring and siphoning, and separation processes.
3. In the early years (or decades), moonshine will probably be made in small batches, see photo below.