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(WRCB)   Tennessee, home to the Jack Daniels and George Dickel distilleries, has now made it legal to produce good old fashioned moonshine. The South has indeed risen again...and for that, we salute you   (wrcbtv.com) divider line 113
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2012-01-23 09:23:02 AM  
Soon to be falling down again
 
2012-01-23 09:25:43 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: Soon to be falling down again


And driving into trees.
 
2012-01-23 09:45:29 AM  
Love me some squeezins'
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2012-01-23 09:58:01 AM  
Unfortunately, it's a Federal law and the feds will want their tax money. You can produce beer and wine legally but not distill it. BTW, the whiskey tax was instituted by that well known liberal George Washington, who was the largest producer at the time.
 
2012-01-23 10:03:22 AM  
Hope they remember to add just the right amount of radiator fluid to the batch. That's what gives it zing.
 
2012-01-23 10:09:56 AM  
i1125.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-23 10:31:50 AM  
I kind of wonder what the beer, wine, and moonshine business would be like today without the failed experiment of Prohibition interrupting things.
 
2012-01-23 10:36:12 AM  
I don't know but I've been told - you never come back from copperhead road.
 
2012-01-23 10:52:35 AM  
For those about to Bock, we salute you!
 
2012-01-23 11:05:27 AM  
Oh great, between that and allowing guns into bars, TN should definitely improve its cultural reputation over the next couple years.
 
2012-01-23 11:07:12 AM  
if its legal, isn't it just corn whiskey?
 
2012-01-23 11:07:13 AM  
They've been selling "moonshine" in booze stores for a while now, but it's all "fake" moonshine that is 80-100 proof, instead of the real ~190 or so stuff.

Any indication that they'll be able to sell the real stuff? TFA doesn't say...
 
2012-01-23 11:09:03 AM  

Macinfarker: Oh great, between that and allowing guns into bars, TN should definitely improve its cultural reputation over the next couple years.


Darwin will have a field day
 
2012-01-23 11:10:48 AM  
This site is worth it just for the pictures Link (new window)

Here's a sampler stilldrinkin.com
 
2012-01-23 11:11:37 AM  

oldernell: Unfortunately, it's a Federal law and the feds will want their tax money. You can produce beer and wine legally but not distill it. BTW, the whiskey tax was instituted by that well known liberal George Washington, who was the largest producer at the time.


Came here to say... Is this something the state can even do?
 
2012-01-23 11:13:08 AM  
I've actually had Ole Smoky. We passed around the mason jar tailgating on a cold Saturday morning. I surprisingly liked it.
 
2012-01-23 11:13:38 AM  

Macinfarker: Oh great, between that and allowing guns into bars, TN should definitely improve its cultural reputation over the next couple years.


Ohio did the same thing , I believe as a population control device.
 
2012-01-23 11:14:08 AM  
The best stuff comes from Hazzard County.
 
2012-01-23 11:14:31 AM  

Snarfangel: I kind of wonder what the beer, wine, and moonshine business would be like today without the failed experiment of Prohibition interrupting things.


I would think that there would be a lot more older breweries. Smaller breweries./wineries would have been less able to fight prohibition.
 
2012-01-23 11:14:55 AM  
'Popcorn said #$@% you'
 
2012-01-23 11:15:19 AM  

juvandy: They've been selling "moonshine" in booze stores for a while now, but it's all "fake" moonshine that is 80-100 proof, instead of the real ~190 or so stuff.

Any indication that they'll be able to sell the real stuff? TFA doesn't say...


Popcorn Sutton's moonshine is damn good at only 83 proof. I've tasted his 160+ proof stuff and legal version certainly does it justice. The stuff you can get from Ole Smokey is as high as 100 proof and also quite good.
 
2012-01-23 11:17:33 AM  
Whoop-tee-doo.

Distilleries have been selling white-dog for decades. I just prefer the product after it has been aged for a few years in charred oak barrels.


/Tennessee whiskey sucks
 
2012-01-23 11:17:42 AM  

stampylives: if its legal, isn't it just corn whiskey?


I think a lot of moonshines are made from a corn mash. but, they're usually not aged as long (if at all).

a friend of mine made some moonshine recently and aged it in an oak barrel for a year. the stuff was delicious.

/ he bottled the batch in mayonnaise jars and labeled them all XXX.
// the traditional part about moonshine is that it is distilled illegally. but, legal moonshines have been on the rise in bars and restaurants around new orleans. usually pretty fancy places. I don't know if other places are jumping on the moonshine bandwagon. new orleans is usually a test city for cocktails and booze.
 
2012-01-23 11:18:18 AM  
I'll take a jar of apple pie and blueberry please. A buddy of mine would go home to the mountains and always come back with shine and deer jerky, two of my favorite things.
 
2012-01-23 11:18:59 AM  

That coward David Lopan: The best stuff comes from Hazzard County.


You've had Jessie's hooch?
 
2012-01-23 11:19:09 AM  
If I wasn't blind from drinking moonshine I'd be getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2012-01-23 11:19:21 AM  
I thought that was regulated at the federal level to protect Jack Daniels and their contemporaries?

Moonshine is still just unaged corn whiskey, right?
 
2012-01-23 11:19:37 AM  
I think it is the use of a pot still and recency that determines what is moonshine.
 
2012-01-23 11:19:57 AM  
Small distilleries have blossomed since passage of a 2009 statute that allows local county commissions to decide whether to allow

Way to be current there, subster.
 
2012-01-23 11:20:08 AM  

oldernell: Unfortunately, it's a Federal law and the feds will want their tax money. You can produce beer and wine legally but not distill it. BTW, the whiskey tax was instituted by that well known liberal George Washington, who was the largest producer at the time.


It isn't "moonshine" in that sense, just white whiskey. They have it here in Georgia. They also have Junior Johnson moonshine. Haven't bought any yet because I'm waiting to try Popcorn Sutton's moonshine.
 
2012-01-23 11:20:59 AM  
FTA: "Small distilleries have blossomed since passage of a 2009 statute that allows local county commissions to decide whether to allow them."

Your county deciding to allow a distillery owned by a lawyer to open is not making moonshining legal. Excellent comprehension skills though their subby.
 
2012-01-23 11:22:59 AM  

juvandy: They've been selling "moonshine" in booze stores for a while now, but it's all "fake" moonshine that is 80-100 proof, instead of the real ~190 or so stuff.

Any indication that they'll be able to sell the real stuff? TFA doesn't say...


You are wrong. I don't even want to get into it, but 180-190 proof stuff nobody wants to buy. Most moonshine (good moonshine) is between 100-130 proof. Moonshine is any untaxed, un-aged corn whiskey. Nothing super special or magical to it. Distillers aren't going to make the ultra proof stuff, because nobody really wants it. If you want to get that blind drunk, buy Everclear
 
2012-01-23 11:23:09 AM  

juvandy: They've been selling "moonshine" in booze stores for a while now, but it's all "fake" moonshine that is 80-100 proof, instead of the real ~190 or so stuff.

Any indication that they'll be able to sell the real stuff? TFA doesn't say...


I think they have some that's 150 proof, but most is 80-100. The real stuff *is* better, though.
 
2012-01-23 11:23:11 AM  
I got a couple of jars of Ole Smokey when we were up in Gatlinburg last year. Good stuff, but it's a little pricey.
 
2012-01-23 11:25:01 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Macinfarker: Oh great, between that and allowing guns into bars, TN should definitely improve its cultural reputation over the next couple years.

Darwin will have a field day


Exactly, and people like me will be in the crossfire.
 
2012-01-23 11:26:36 AM  
First, we need to find some old timers, who know how to make the real McCoy. Real corn/rye moonshine - the stuff worth drinking - and the recipes for making it disappeared a long time ago.
 
2012-01-23 11:26:39 AM  

babysealclubber: Distillers aren't going to make the ultra proof stuff, because nobody really wants it. If you want to get that blind drunk, buy Everclear


This. The 190+ proof stuff is only useful for mixing, and even that is limited by the taste it lends to the drink. Distillers want to make stuff people will actually drink -- nobody who has ever downed straight 190+ ever does so again for any reason other than to show off.
 
2012-01-23 11:27:42 AM  
Wow now instead of having to go to the store and spending 20 bucks for whiskey, I can spend days with bags of sugar and corn around a still to get my hooch!
 
2012-01-23 11:28:15 AM  

doloresonthedottedline: oldernell: Unfortunately, it's a Federal law and the feds will want their tax money. You can produce beer and wine legally but not distill it. BTW, the whiskey tax was instituted by that well known liberal George Washington, who was the largest producer at the time.

It isn't "moonshine" in that sense, just white whiskey. They have it here in Georgia. They also have Junior Johnson moonshine. Haven't bought any yet because I'm waiting to try Popcorn Sutton's moonshine.


It might be a while. He died in 2009. I doubt there is much left of it.
 
2012-01-23 11:28:20 AM  
I don't even want to get into it, but 180-190 proof stuff nobody wants to buy. Most moonshine (good moonshine) is between 100-130 proof.

I don't doubt that, but all the stuff I've ever seen that was called "real" moonshine was much more than 130 proof. I agree that its not particularly enjoyable stuff, but I disagree that it isn't made or sold, and doesn't represent a sizable fraction of the booze commonly known as "moonshine".
 
2012-01-23 11:28:49 AM  
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They obviously love America in Tennessee
 
2012-01-23 11:29:22 AM  

JackieRabbit: First, we need to find some old timers, who know how to make the real McCoy. Real corn/rye moonshine - the stuff worth drinking - and the recipes for making it disappeared a long time ago.


You're kidding, right?

Also, for the people who are hung up on the "corn whiskey" talking point: moonshine can be made using just about any complex sugar. I've had moonsine distilled from apples... and it was damned tasty.
 
2012-01-23 11:29:51 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: That coward David Lopan: The best stuff comes from Hazzard County.

You've had Jessie's hooch?


No, but I've smoked his weed.



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2012-01-23 11:30:00 AM  

babysealclubber: juvandy: They've been selling "moonshine" in booze stores for a while now, but it's all "fake" moonshine that is 80-100 proof, instead of the real ~190 or so stuff.

Any indication that they'll be able to sell the real stuff? TFA doesn't say...

You are wrong. I don't even want to get into it, but 180-190 proof stuff nobody wants to buy. Most moonshine (good moonshine) is between 100-130 proof. Moonshine is any untaxed, un-aged corn whiskey. Nothing super special or magical to it. Distillers aren't going to make the ultra proof stuff, because nobody really wants it. If you want to get that blind drunk, buy Everclear


I dunno, I had some of the real stuff that had been sitting so long it evaporated down to about 2/3 as much (my mom wanted some for the novelty of owning it, not to drink). Not sure what proof since it wasn't the legal kind but it felt nearly twice as strong as vodka. REALLY smooth stuff, and mixed perfectly with some fruit juice. Couldn't taste it at all. Good stuff.
 
2012-01-23 11:31:51 AM  
I wonder if Tickle likes to get pickled on Dickel?
 
2012-01-23 11:32:03 AM  

JackieRabbit: First, we need to find some old timers, who know how to make the real McCoy. Real corn/rye moonshine - the stuff worth drinking - and the recipes for making it disappeared a long time ago.


Not according to Moonshiners.
Great show.
 
2012-01-23 11:32:04 AM  

doloresonthedottedline: I dunno, I had some of the real stuff that had been sitting so long it evaporated down to about 2/3 as much (my mom wanted some for the novelty of owning it, not to drink). Not sure what proof since it wasn't the legal kind but it felt nearly twice as strong as vodka. REALLY smooth stuff, and mixed perfectly with some fruit juice. Couldn't taste it at all. Good stuff.


If it had evaporated down to 2/3 of the bottle, then the reason it was smooth is because you were drinking mostly water. The alcohol goes first.
 
2012-01-23 11:35:02 AM  

juvandy: I don't doubt that, but all the stuff I've ever seen that was called "real" moonshine was much more than 130 proof. I agree that its not particularly enjoyable stuff, but I disagree that it isn't made or sold, and doesn't represent a sizable fraction of the booze commonly known as "moonshine".


What are you saying is real moonshine? I don't get what you're saying. All moonshine is is illegally made corn whiskey. That's all, there's no proof requirement.
 
2012-01-23 11:36:01 AM  
I thought it was legal, you just have to pay the gubment an assload of money and follow an assload of regulations, so most of the stills remain illegal.

which is what I would expect from legalized pot, you'd still probably obtain it illegally but at least you could possess it and hopefully fire it up when you visit the zoo.
 
2012-01-23 11:40:57 AM  

wmoonfox: babysealclubber: Distillers aren't going to make the ultra proof stuff, because nobody really wants it. If you want to get that blind drunk, buy Everclear

This. The 190+ proof stuff is only useful for mixing, and even that is limited by the taste it lends to the drink. Distillers want to make stuff people will actually drink -- nobody who has ever downed straight 190+ ever does so again for any reason other than to show off.


That right there.

I was at a company get together once and someone switched the tumbler of water I was using as a chaser with straight Everclear and ice. Damn near took the top of my head off.

/dick move
 
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