Popcorn Sutton’s Moonshine Recipe



Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was an American moonshiner and bootlegger and was later the subject of several documentaries. After being convicted of offences related to moonshining and illegal firearm possession, he took his own life aged 62.

5kg coarse milled corn
10kg sugar
10ltrs water
1.5kg dry malt – Corn or Barley
2 Tablespoons dry bread yeast

1. Bring water to boil in a large pot, once water has boiled add in the corn and mix thoroughly.
2. Let sit for approx 30 minutes.
3. Once mash reaches 68C add the dry malt and sugar, mix and cover for 60 minutes.
4. Transfer to a 30ltr fermenter and if needed top up to 25L with chilled water.
5. Allow to cool to 25c, sprinkle yeast on top and cover.
6. Allow to ferment for a week or so, until no activity is present in the airlock.
7. Do a stripping run and then cuts as per usual.

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