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(Seattle Times)   Nearly 80 years after Prohibition ended there's a very good chance your neighbor right now is brewing moonshine on his stove and you would never even know it   (seattletimes.nwsource.com) divider line 85
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2012-07-08 08:11:22 AM  
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Billy Ray Earl Bob making moonshine? Inconceivable!
 
2012-07-08 10:09:47 AM  
Good for them, damn the Man! Just don't blow anything of mine up.
 
2012-07-08 11:05:26 AM  
I dunno, I've got a friend who brews his own beer and you can smell it from the street.
 
2012-07-08 11:05:57 AM  

brewing moonshine


o_O
 
2012-07-08 11:06:17 AM  
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Too drunk on moonshine to be getting any kicks out of this thread.......
 
2012-07-08 11:07:31 AM  
there's a very good chance your neighbor right now is brewing moonshine on his stove and you would never even know it

Well, there *is* a marathon of The Andy Griffith Show on TV Land right now...
 
2012-07-08 11:11:08 AM  
My Great Grandad, Grandad and all his brothers and sisters used to make rye whiskey and charge .50 cents for a quart Mason jar of the stuff. The youngest brother would be posted by the road to watch for revenuers. When he spotted them, my great grandmother would bolt the doors and take the younger children down into the cellar(which could only be accessed from inside the house). They had plenty of food and water to wait out the feds. My great grandad, grandad and great uncles would grab the still and the whiskey and haul ass out into the woods. And you didn't dare follow them.

Of course, this was during the great depression, they weren't trying to get rich, they were just trying to survive.
 
2012-07-08 11:11:40 AM  

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Billy Ray Earl Bob making moonshine? Inconceivable!


Except for the fact that Popcorn committed suicide, that is.
 
2012-07-08 11:12:57 AM  
If you gentlemen have a still near here, hell, that's fine with us.
 
2012-07-08 11:12:58 AM  
It's really none of my business to know.
 
2012-07-08 11:13:14 AM  
I know it from the constant explosions. Damn fool doesn't understand that an electric range isn't a stable heat source. Says that a gas range is "just too dangerous..." ಠ_ಠ

I'm just happy he hasn't made good on his "home-grown fireworks" yet.

/not really
 
2012-07-08 11:13:22 AM  
I may never know it, but even more so would I not care.
 
2012-07-08 11:13:37 AM  
I know some guys making absinthe with real wormwood. That stuff'll knock you on your ass.
 
2012-07-08 11:13:45 AM  
Just making granddaddy's "Recipe"
www.the-waltons.com
 
2012-07-08 11:14:14 AM  
that's cause it DOESNt SMELL LIKE METH
 
2012-07-08 11:15:04 AM  
My neighbor is and I do know it .
 
2012-07-08 11:15:17 AM  
I remember the good old days when people were just cooking their own meth.
 
2012-07-08 11:16:18 AM  
A FoaF does make something in his kitchen, vodak I think. I saw a picture of the setup. Looks like WAY too much work.
 
2012-07-08 11:16:21 AM  

PacManDreaming: My Great Grandad, Grandad and all his brothers and sisters used to make rye whiskey and charge .50 cents for a quart Mason jar of the stuff. The youngest brother would be posted by the road to watch for revenuers. When he spotted them, my great grandmother would bolt the doors and take the younger children down into the cellar(which could only be accessed from inside the house). They had plenty of food and water to wait out the feds. My great grandad, grandad and great uncles would grab the still and the whiskey and haul ass out into the woods. And you didn't dare follow them.

Of course, this was during the great depression, they weren't trying to get rich, they were just trying to survive.


Bootleggers were Heroes. Wish I had a few in my family.
 
2012-07-08 11:16:52 AM  
...until they offer you some out of a mason jar. then you know.

/happened last week
//good stuff
 
2012-07-08 11:18:20 AM  
www.mash4077tv.com

I thought this stuff was supposed to make you feel better.

No, it's supposed to make you feel nothing.
 
2012-07-08 11:18:28 AM  
Anyone on here want to admit that they've tried this?
I've been making beer for years and would love to give this a try. I'm not to concerned about the legal ramifications, and I can afford the still.

How hard is the process? How long does it take? Is the end result worth it?
 
2012-07-08 11:20:09 AM  

Outlaw2097: ...until they offer you some out of a mason jar. then you know.

/happened last week
//good stuff



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Just as long as it's not her recipe.
 
2012-07-08 11:20:16 AM  
I just checked. They were having breakfast...
At least that's what they want me to think.
 
2012-07-08 11:22:03 AM  
I'll just leave this here...

http://homedistiller.org/
 
2012-07-08 11:25:16 AM  

mrmyxolodian: Anyone on here want to admit that they've tried this?
I've been making beer for years and would love to give this a try. I'm not to concerned about the legal ramifications, and I can afford the still.

How hard is the process? How long does it take? Is the end result worth it?


I always thought it looked simple enough, as long as you have the proper equipment. Ivo's link may have everything you need to know. You can also look for legal distilleries to get some info. I know there's one near Branson, MO.
 
2012-07-08 11:26:17 AM  
You don't "brew" moonshine, you distill it. Brewing something isn't illegal. Distilling it without paying the stupid, stupid excise tax on extremely small batches for home consumption is.

Also, anyone using their home stove isn't making a big enough batch to distribute, and thus, probably won't catch the ire of the feds. True hobbyist distillers use real stills with separate hot plates like you get from Mile High Stills (perfectly legal to buy, just not to use for anything other than water *wink*) or build their own boilers out of stainless steel kegs with electric water heater elements inserted into them and the ball valve removed and a keg adapter on the column.

Small stuff like in the picture that accompanies the article is good for distilling essences for things like gin, which you then add to neutral grain spirits cut to strength.
 
2012-07-08 11:26:56 AM  

Kuroshin: PacManDreaming: My Great Grandad, Grandad and all his brothers and sisters used to make rye whiskey and charge .50 cents for a quart Mason jar of the stuff. The youngest brother would be posted by the road to watch for revenuers. When he spotted them, my great grandmother would bolt the doors and take the younger children down into the cellar(which could only be accessed from inside the house). They had plenty of food and water to wait out the feds. My great grandad, grandad and great uncles would grab the still and the whiskey and haul ass out into the woods. And you didn't dare follow them.

Of course, this was during the great depression, they weren't trying to get rich, they were just trying to survive.

Bootleggers were Heroes. Wish I had a few in my family.


Are you equally fond of todays meth lab operators?
 
2012-07-08 11:27:52 AM  

tallen702: You don't "brew" moonshine, you distill it. Brewing something isn't illegal. Distilling it without paying the stupid, stupid excise tax on extremely small batches for home consumption is.

Also, anyone using their home stove isn't making a big enough batch to distribute, and thus, probably won't catch the ire of the feds. True hobbyist distillers use real stills with separate hot plates like you get from Mile High Stills (perfectly legal to buy, just not to use for anything other than water *wink*) or build their own boilers out of stainless steel kegs with electric water heater elements inserted into them and the ball valve removed and a keg adapter on the column.

Small stuff like in the picture that accompanies the article is good for distilling essences for things like gin, which you then add to neutral grain spirits cut to strength.


It sounds like you know what you're talking about. *wink
 
2012-07-08 11:31:28 AM  
Damn it, my neighbors are growing weed.
 
2012-07-08 11:34:14 AM  

Ennuipoet: [affotd.files.wordpress.com image 469x358]
Billy Ray Earl Bob making moonshine? Inconceivable!


Popcorn says fark you.
 
2012-07-08 11:35:06 AM  

henryhill: Kuroshin: PacManDreaming: My Great Grandad, Grandad and all his brothers and sisters used to make rye whiskey and charge .50 cents for a quart Mason jar of the stuff. The youngest brother would be posted by the road to watch for revenuers. When he spotted them, my great grandmother would bolt the doors and take the younger children down into the cellar(which could only be accessed from inside the house). They had plenty of food and water to wait out the feds. My great grandad, grandad and great uncles would grab the still and the whiskey and haul ass out into the woods. And you didn't dare follow them.

Of course, this was during the great depression, they weren't trying to get rich, they were just trying to survive.

Bootleggers were Heroes. Wish I had a few in my family.

Are you equally fond of todays meth lab operators?


i am.

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2012-07-08 11:38:18 AM  

MoronLessOff: tallen702: You don't "brew" moonshine, you distill it. Brewing something isn't illegal. Distilling it without paying the stupid, stupid excise tax on extremely small batches for home consumption is.

Also, anyone using their home stove isn't making a big enough batch to distribute, and thus, probably won't catch the ire of the feds. True hobbyist distillers use real stills with separate hot plates like you get from Mile High Stills (perfectly legal to buy, just not to use for anything other than water *wink*) or build their own boilers out of stainless steel kegs with electric water heater elements inserted into them and the ball valve removed and a keg adapter on the column.

Small stuff like in the picture that accompanies the article is good for distilling essences for things like gin, which you then add to neutral grain spirits cut to strength.

It sounds like you know what you're talking about. *wink


Christmas stocking stuffers this year were jelly jars full of "cherry bounce" (neutral grain, honey, and crushed ripe cherries). Good stuff!
 
2012-07-08 11:44:52 AM  
John Lee Pettymore nods is approval.
 
2012-07-08 11:47:52 AM  

tallen702: MoronLessOff: tallen702: You don't "brew" moonshine, you distill it. Brewing something isn't illegal. Distilling it without paying the stupid, stupid excise tax on extremely small batches for home consumption is.

Also, anyone using their home stove isn't making a big enough batch to distribute, and thus, probably won't catch the ire of the feds. True hobbyist distillers use real stills with separate hot plates like you get from Mile High Stills (perfectly legal to buy, just not to use for anything other than water *wink*) or build their own boilers out of stainless steel kegs with electric water heater elements inserted into them and the ball valve removed and a keg adapter on the column.

Small stuff like in the picture that accompanies the article is good for distilling essences for things like gin, which you then add to neutral grain spirits cut to strength.

It sounds like you know what you're talking about. *wink

Christmas stocking stuffers this year were jelly jars full of "cherry bounce" (neutral grain, honey, and crushed ripe cherries). Good stuff!


Holy shiat...that sounds awesome!
 
2012-07-08 11:48:23 AM  

tallen702: MoronLessOff: tallen702: You don't "brew" moonshine, you distill it. Brewing something isn't illegal. Distilling it without paying the stupid, stupid excise tax on extremely small batches for home consumption is.

Also, anyone using their home stove isn't making a big enough batch to distribute, and thus, probably won't catch the ire of the feds. True hobbyist distillers use real stills with separate hot plates like you get from Mile High Stills (perfectly legal to buy, just not to use for anything other than water *wink*) or build their own boilers out of stainless steel kegs with electric water heater elements inserted into them and the ball valve removed and a keg adapter on the column.

Small stuff like in the picture that accompanies the article is good for distilling essences for things like gin, which you then add to neutral grain spirits cut to strength.

It sounds like you know what you're talking about. *wink

Christmas stocking stuffers this year were jelly jars full of "cherry bounce" (neutral grain, honey, and crushed ripe cherries). Good stuff!



I'd like three jars please!
 
2012-07-08 11:49:02 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: henryhill: Kuroshin: PacManDreaming: My Great Grandad, Grandad and all his brothers and sisters used to make rye whiskey and charge .50 cents for a quart Mason jar of the stuff. The youngest brother would be posted by the road to watch for revenuers. When he spotted them, my great grandmother would bolt the doors and take the younger children down into the cellar(which could only be accessed from inside the house). They had plenty of food and water to wait out the feds. My great grandad, grandad and great uncles would grab the still and the whiskey and haul ass out into the woods. And you didn't dare follow them.

Of course, this was during the great depression, they weren't trying to get rich, they were just trying to survive.

Bootleggers were Heroes. Wish I had a few in my family.

Are you equally fond of todays meth lab operators?

i am.

[images.ddccdn.com image 640x188]


That was the best speed I ever took back in the day. Clean, no hair standing on end and shiat like that.
 
2012-07-08 11:56:31 AM  
I was at home depot yesterday buying copper pipe for this very reason. I don't care toouch about distilling, I just like building stuff like this.


Though it will be fun to make the first batch of vodka. Seems too time consuming to make a hobby of it though.
 
2012-07-08 11:57:36 AM  
Having done this in the multi-gallon range myself I can pretty much say it's cheaper to just buy your damn booze. If you have to pay retail for the inputs, pay retail for electricity for the stove, and value your time at more than about $5 an hour, you're better off with cheap booze.

That being said, when you get up large enough to attract attention it might work out to economies of scale. But you might as well save your pennies and go legit and get all the permits and licenses to produce commercially.
 
2012-07-08 12:09:58 PM  
My Great Grandfather Made his living making and selling corn liquor from the 30's until he died in the mid 70's. His secret to success was a quality product and greasing the right palms. He didn't use lead solder and cleaned out the still between batches and was choosy about what corn he used. Happy costumers are less likely to turn you in.
 
2012-07-08 12:10:07 PM  
they're right, i did think americans over 18 were allowed to make 'X' amounts of assorted adult beverages for their own consumption per year. i'm confused. i know there's a shiatload of Farkers who make brew. i guess TFA is getting real specific. i don't care if you are brewing, distilling, raising grapes or growing reefers. bless your hearts, you kids go have a good time.

/fark laws. life is too short to live scared.
 
2012-07-08 12:14:30 PM  
Several hours after first turning on the electric range, he had a batch of brandy. All told, it took 1.5 liters of raspberry port to make about 6 ounces of brandy. That's right, less than a half-cup.

A cup is eight ounces. That's some good reporting, Lou.
 
2012-07-08 12:15:26 PM  
My former neighbor was a bee keeper. He decided to start making meade one year. When that didn't sell he distilled the meade into whiskey.

/Good stuff
//Haven't gone blind
///Yet.
 
2012-07-08 12:18:04 PM  
I was handed the business card of a moonshiner named 'Rockhopper' just last night at a concert...he also gave me a taste of his "apple pie" varietal, which kicked ass. Found it quite synchronistic that this got greened today...
 
2012-07-08 12:24:22 PM  

Kuroshin: Bootleggers were Heroes. Wish I had a few in my family.


My dad's family in PA had a still during the first Prohibition. They never went full Kennedy, but it was a good supplement to their income from the coal mines.
 
2012-07-08 12:26:56 PM  
Some friends were renovating their house and went to put in a closet under the stairs, and found a beautiful still walled up under there from Prohibition.

Another friend drank some moonshine made by people really bad at it and almost died. (Traditional in rural NC, I'm told, is to use an old car radiator as the copper tubing part. I'm thinking, probably not food safe, unless you like lead solder residue, old antifreeze, and decomposing bits of rubber hose in your vodak.)
 
2012-07-08 12:27:36 PM  
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2012-07-08 12:29:43 PM  

quartercomma: I'm thinking, probably not food safe, unless you like lead solder residue, old antifreeze, and decomposing bits of rubber hose in your vodak.


Don't you judge me
 
2012-07-08 12:33:14 PM  

henryhill: Kuroshin: Bootleggers were Heroes. Wish I had a few in my family.

Are you equally fond of todays meth lab operators?


Because Meth == Alcohol.

A-yup. Nothing stupid about that equivalency there. Nothing at all. Nope, no-siree, equating meth labs to bootleg distilleries is perfectly reasonable and honest. Not at all false equivalence. Nuh-uh, no-way. Absolutely cromulent.

(okay, I'm done with that)

Now, if you had chosen marijuana grow operations as your example, then I'd say yes. Pot farmers are indeed Heroes.

/because see, it's about context
 
2012-07-08 12:35:39 PM  
Adding flavorings to normally taxed neutral spirits, diluted with water to strength, sounds like a promising way to come up with new beverages. I gather that it is legal?
 
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