Distilling your own booze is illegal in most countries — largely for safety concerns, and for good reason. It turns out that just the fumes from high-percentage brews paired with common static electricity can be enough to stage your own personal shuttle launch if luck is against you. Then there’s the issue of poison control, since novice distillers can produce highly toxic fusel alcohols such as isopropanol and methanol in pursuit of their quest for the mind-numbing ethanol.
Still, these risks haven’t stopped countless cultures — particularly those in developing nations — from making their own spirits using resources at hand for centuries. The Prohibition Kit by Francesco Morackini is provocative project that’s designed to help home hoochers mitigate the risk of discovery by “camouflaging” a small-scale still as everyday kitchen objects. Specifically, the setup splits into a watering can, fondue stove, cooking pot and fruit bowl. Copper was a natural material of choice because it has long been used to remove Sulphur compounds that ruin a good dram. In hindsight, anyone making regular use of a fondue stove is unlikely to be the nefarious law-breaking type, but it’s never too late to take a walk on the wild side, right?