Home distilling law- legal in Spain. The major portion of moonshine made in Spain comes by distilling the grape skin which is already for making wine. Hence here moonshine is considered as a byproduct of wine. The moonshine made in the homes in Spain has higher percentage of alcohol when compared to the commercial grade. Herbs, spices and berries are also added to the moonshine. In Spain those who want to produce any kind of alcoholic beverages have to obtain a license from the territorial office of the ministry of economy and treasury. This is a mandatory license for all manufacturing activities and there is no special license for producing alcoholic beverages. For home distillation, the people in Spain use grape which is one of the most common fruits that are available here in abundance. Some other types of beverages from other countries inspired the Spanish people to produce other types of alcoholic drinks also such as rum and gin. However, for all the drinks that are made in Spain, the Spanish ensure that they are of unique quality.
Spanish spirits and liquors
The Spanish people always tried to develop the country’s alcohol industry by introducing new methods for home distilling as well as new products. Spain offers a rich variety of wine, beer and liquors. The copper stills were introduced in Spain by the Moors. Though the copper stills were used by the Moors to produce perfumes and medicines, the Spanish people understood that through the home distillation process stronger variety of alcohol can be produced. The copper stills enabled them to produce them a variety of Spanish spirits and liquors. They started making liquors using grapes that were available in plenty. Licor de Orujo, one of the oldest Spanish liquors is a product of grapes. Further, by carrying out distillation of the wine they were able to make brandy. As the time went, the Spanish people tried new ingredients to make wine. They developed the Spanish rum from sugarcane. In Spain, excise duty is applicable to all types of beer that exceed 0.5% of alcohol by volume.
Brief history of moonshine
Distillation of moonshine was started by the Spanish people around 1600 AD. It was the initiative of the Jesuits in Spain to develop a perfect method to produce moonshine. Till the eighteenth century there was no proper method for distillation. It was during the period 1300 – 1400 AD a proper distillation equipment was produced with water as a coolant for the equipment. The Jesuits studied the techniques in detail and codified them. These techniques were used for the production grappa. The Spanish people produced grappa from grapes.