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(The New York Times)   Today's culinary contradiction-in-terms: Connecticut moonshine   (nytimes.com) divider line 20
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2012-07-22 08:28:14 AM  
Meh. Just get a SmartStill ©
 
2012-07-22 09:48:32 AM  
No contradiction here. Connecticut has a few very nice areas but is mostly pretty toothless.
 
2012-07-22 10:19:49 AM  
It's not 'shine if'n it's made legal-like, ya hotdam carpetbaggers

/Yankees go home
 
2012-07-22 10:31:39 AM  
So they make liquor in a factory building in one of the biggest suburbs of the state's capital city. And still think they can call it moonshine.

Yup, that's Connecticut logic for you.

\if I could find a portal to go from 84 or 95 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island directly to the other side of the Hudson, I'd make a farking mint
\\that state is where traffic goes to die
 
2012-07-22 10:56:15 AM  
Benighted Connecticut. Effing Connecticut. etc
 
2012-07-22 11:56:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: It's not 'shine if'n it's made legal-like, ya hotdam carpetbaggers

/Yankees go home


I second this. It's not 'shine if it ain't illegal. Farking carpetbagging hipster juice is what you should call that swill.

In all seriousness though, as someone who is, shall we say, intimately acquainted with the process, I can tell you that what they're selling is no different than vodka or everclear. It's just neutral grain spirits cut with distilled water. All perfectly controlled in a a sterile lab-like distillery with no chance of wild yeast strains, and definitely very crappy tap-water being used to make it.

Take a sip of anything that comes from a liquor store with a "moonshine" label, and then take a sip of some honest-to-god home-distilled 'shine and and you'll notice a difference.

Water, yeast, and copper make a world of difference my friends, a whole world of difference.
 
2012-07-22 12:54:33 PM  

tallen702: Take a sip of anything that comes from a liquor store with a "moonshine" label, and then take a sip of some honest-to-god home-distilled 'shine and and you'll notice a difference.

Water, yeast, and copper make a world of difference my friends, a whole world of difference.


Yeah. There are now some liquor stores that carry bottles labelled poitín (Irish moonshine), but it's not the same as the real stuff. Not nearly as rough. Moonshine should be rough.
 
2012-07-22 01:23:50 PM  
Well we have to something to get drunk considering bars are priced like I'm on fifth avenue
 
2012-07-22 03:10:36 PM  
They deliver the moonshine by roaring down the Merritt Parkway at 50mph in a hunter-green Jaguar with the flag of Monaco on the roof.
 
2012-07-22 03:32:50 PM  

Gulper Eel: They deliver the moonshine by roaring down the Merritt Parkway at 50mph in a hunter-green Jaguar with the flag of Monaco on the roof.


When they honk the horn it plays the opening strains of Vivaldi's Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera"
 
2012-07-22 08:03:21 PM  

tallen702: MaudlinMutantMollusk: It's not 'shine if'n it's made legal-like, ya hotdam carpetbaggers

/Yankees go home

I second this. It's not 'shine if it ain't illegal. Farking carpetbagging hipster juice is what you should call that swill.

In all seriousness though, as someone who is, shall we say, intimately acquainted with the process, I can tell you that what they're selling is no different than vodka or everclear. It's just neutral grain spirits cut with distilled water. All perfectly controlled in a a sterile lab-like distillery with no chance of wild yeast strains, and definitely very crappy tap-water being used to make it.

Take a sip of anything that comes from a liquor store with a "moonshine" label, and then take a sip of some honest-to-god home-distilled 'shine and and you'll notice a difference.

Water, yeast, and copper make a world of difference my friends, a whole world of difference.


Pretty much my opinion. They're making grain alcohol. Vodka. They're probably altering the taste in the lab deliberately with some additive or another, just like everything else.

One of the reasons moonshine tastes like it does is the local water used to make it isn't just generic tap #2047. It's neither highly clorinated/chemically adulterated, nor controlled at all. It's just F'ing groundwater. So...that changes things a lot. Also means you have a lot of inconsistency you can't afford with a mass produced product.
 
2012-07-22 10:05:41 PM  

Gulper Eel: They deliver the moonshine by roaring down the Merritt Parkway at 50mph in a hunter-green Jaguar with the flag of Monaco on the roof.


You'd get killed if you drove that slowly on the Merritt. That shouldn't be true, but it is. Unless you mean the boulevard section instead of the freeway section.
 
2012-07-22 10:09:55 PM  
http://darkcornerdistillery.com/


Good corn liquor.
 
2012-07-22 10:39:12 PM  

kroonermanblack: They're making grain alcohol. Vodka.


According to U.S. law, vodka is distilled or filtered to make it "without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color."

They failed at producing vodka and couldn't call it that. So they call it "moonshine" instead.
 
2012-07-22 11:24:36 PM  
I assume TFA is about Onyx, which actually isn't too bad.

/I only drink the cheap stuff, so I can feel what death feels...
 
2012-07-22 11:53:46 PM  
They could always call it something classier, like aqua vitae frumenti or poitín
 
2012-07-23 12:12:53 AM  
The spirit of choice for rural CT illegal manufacture used to be "apple jack" made the old-fashioned way by letting a barrel of hard cider partially freeze outside in the barn, then draining out the still-liquid center--repeat this a few times and you have some pretty flammable good times coming. Don't think we don't have redneck equivalents out in the CT boonies, 'cause we do. You can't get good barbecue but you can still go to New Haven for pizza, so it's a wash.
 
2012-07-23 08:59:11 AM  
I have been drinking this stuff since it came out. It is definitely some of the best White Whiskey I have tasted. I just serve it on the rocks in a high ball glass.

/ I wish they wouldn't call it moonshine though.
 
2012-07-23 09:00:10 AM  

poot_rootbeer: kroonermanblack: They're making grain alcohol. Vodka.

According to U.S. law, vodka is distilled or filtered to make it "without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color."

They failed at producing vodka and couldn't call it that. So they call it "moonshine" instead.


I think it is technically a white (un-aged) whiskey.
 
2012-07-23 09:21:02 AM  
I think this is pretty close:

www.fingerlakesdistilling.com

Stopped by Finger Lakes Distilling about a month ago and sampled that and a few others. That stuff is rocket fuel.

The bourbon they make is amazing though.
 
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