Learn to Moonshine

Ever wondered how that tasty gin or smokey bourbon made it to the bottle and into you glass?

Well it’s time to learn the art of “shinning”. Best experienced with friends and a healthy dose of fun and tasty BBQ as we taske the journey from grain to glass.

Make your own individual gin creation, bottle it and forever be one of the local Mudgeeraba “shinners”.


It all starts with grain

We start our journey with understanding the basics of “Grain to Glass” distilling.

Understand the “mash” process and why all grains aren’t the same.

Explore the science behind the fermentation process and how we prepare the wash for the still. 


Learning the stills

Not all stills are alike.

Understand the differences between pot stills, column stills, fractional stills and everything in between.

Why is that still make of copper and that one is not….this is all part of the art of “shinning”

The Botanicals

The eyes, nose & taste buds

Our grains add a unique flavour to our Vodka and Shines and it is the botanicals that make a gin well….a gin.

We will explore the various ways to make a gin – a one shot gin versus compounding, vapour path distilling versus masseration and boiling….

You will learn about botanicals and experience first hand how they combine to create your own unique Mudgeeraba Gin.

Getting Hands On

Making your unique creation

This is where the fun begins.

Using your own hand-made Italian copper still, you will craft your own unique Moonshine using the tools, techniques and botanicals we have learne about together.

You will blend, distill and bottle your own personal creation. Your receipe will be kept on file and if you choose, entered into our Shine of the Year* where your creation could become one of our sessional releases…..not to mention the bragging rights !

The Full Picture

Did we mention the BBQ & beer?

Our distilling experience is a bit unique. As we learn the art of shinning we also enjoy some great BBQ tapas and local beers to keep things flowing.

  • Class runs for circa 3 hours – maximum 8 shinners
  • Learn the shinning process from grain to glass
  • All participants receive a workbook with key takeaways and learning outcomes
  • A local beer tasting as we explore mashing & fermenting
  • 1 cocktail from our blending experience
  • Use of their own hand-made Italian copper still
  • Blend, distill, bottle and label your own personal moonshine creation.
  • Join our Against the Grain “Moonshinners” team and receive a range of unique discounts and benefits for a select few.

Are you ready to learn to shine?

The Cocktails

Our hand crafted, small batch moonshine creates cocktail magic. From our all grain wheat vodka to our London Dry "one shot" gin we have what it takes to takes to unwind or get the party started.

The Moonshine

We specialise in small batch artisan distilled spirits. Ranging from all wheat vodka, classic "one shot" gins, rums and our unique Bourbonshine and Whiskeyshines. Hand made in Mudgeeraba.

The Shin-Digs

Woodchoppers Inn has always been a place where locals gather. Our BBQ Smoke & Grill house & artisan distillery is the perfect location for your next social, party or get-together.

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