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(Orlando Sentinel)   Moonshine is making a comeback in several bars, even if no one knows what the hell is in it   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 110
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2013-12-01 06:10:21 PM
My local, not that I drink that skull splitter.

http://www.moonrunnerssaloon.com/wp/menu/
 
2013-12-01 06:24:17 PM
Everclear and Bali Hai. Good times.
 
2013-12-01 06:50:16 PM
Other than it was a cheap drunk, I never understood the appeal.

/I've lived life
//I don't need to prove my manliness by drinking moonshine anymore
 
2013-12-01 06:56:02 PM
My grandfather and great grandfather were moonshiners and bootleggers. Know what they drank? Bourbon. They weren't poor.

/shine is for po' folk
 
2013-12-01 07:30:44 PM
Some of the fruit infused stuff is pretty good. I never liked bourbon or whiskey. I drink what I like.
 
2013-12-01 07:33:33 PM
I like a drink and I even like a few drinks, but I only drinks I like.

So the question is, would you drink harsh crap you don't like just to get your drink on?
 
2013-12-01 07:37:22 PM
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2013-12-01 08:12:12 PM
From Article ""We're able to control the elements a little bit better, I would say, just because of some advances in technology," he said. "I think that's part of the allure, too ... it's done exactly the same way that folks here in the mountains have done for many, many years." "

BS, yuppie moonshine is not how they have done it for years.  And flavored..........yeah.
 
2013-12-01 08:14:41 PM
Just stay away from the apple pie stuff...
 
2013-12-01 08:15:15 PM
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2013-12-01 08:16:29 PM

SlothB77: [scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x640]


If it costs as much as Bourbon, what's the point?
 
2013-12-01 08:16:31 PM
From the headline: "even if no one knows what the hell is in it"

Uh... THAT's a major reason why it's been illegal lo, these many years. That and the government's desire to tax the **** out of it.

Obviously, if the alcohol content is high enough, you don't have to worry about bacteria, but chemicals are another matter. If there's lead or mercury involved (among the many other possible bad additives) the drinker may end up being sorry.
 
2013-12-01 08:16:49 PM
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Oh, hai guize!
 
2013-12-01 08:18:30 PM

fusillade762: Just stay away from the apple pie stuff...


What? The apple pie flavor is awesome. The trick is to pull the cinnamon stick out of the jar as soon as you get it. Otherwise, it becomes a bit sharp. Peach is nice, too. But straight white is my favorite.
 
2013-12-01 08:21:22 PM
Is this the place where we discuss the various bathtub gins (metaphorical) that we've convinced ourselves we prefer to white lightning?

/ give me 20 year old scotch or give me death
 
2013-12-01 08:23:33 PM

oldwolf49: From Article ""We're able to control the elements a little bit better, I would say, just because of some advances in technology," he said. "I think that's part of the allure, too ... it's done exactly the same way that folks here in the mountains have done for many, many years." "

BS, yuppie moonshine is not how they have done it for years.  And flavored..........yeah.


Yeah, and I'll bet they don't even use old car radiators to condense the shiat.
 
2013-12-01 08:26:41 PM
I'm a fan of Booker's or Angel's Envy. But, being a homebrewer and pre-disposed to experimentation, I obtained some corn liquor and toasted some thin strips of white oak. It was pretty awesome.

\Still prefer A.E.
 
2013-12-01 08:27:38 PM
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2013-12-01 08:29:45 PM

fusillade762: Just stay away from the apple pie stuff...


The poison is in the glass, not the jar.
 
2013-12-01 08:31:23 PM
Love the apple pie but you got watch the spice. You can overdo it.

In the end, bourbon is what corn mash should be used for.

/ bourbon is the essence of heaven.
 
2013-12-01 08:32:26 PM
My grandfather used to tell me stories about how he had to guard his fathers still with a shotgun in rural North Carolina in the 30s. I've had actual moonshine that was more potent than everclear. The stuff they are selling in bars and liquor stores is for hipsters like PBR or something.
 
2013-12-01 08:34:42 PM

Notabunny: fusillade762: Just stay away from the apple pie stuff...

What? The apple pie flavor is awesome. The trick is to pull the cinnamon stick out of the jar as soon as you get it. Otherwise, it becomes a bit sharp. Peach is nice, too. But straight white is my favorite.


The apple pie and the peach are the best. So I've heard.  ;)
 
2013-12-01 08:35:04 PM
Midnight Moon Blackberry is great.
 
2013-12-01 08:37:34 PM
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2013-12-01 08:37:34 PM

Yugoboy: From the headline: "even if no one knows what the hell is in it"

Uh... THAT's a major reason why it's been illegal lo, these many years. That and the government's desire to tax the **** out of it.

Obviously, if the alcohol content is high enough, you don't have to worry about bacteria, but chemicals are another matter. If there's lead or mercury involved (among the many other possible bad additives) the drinker may end up being sorry.


I'd be more concerned about methanol. There have been several noted cases of widespread methanol poisoning through modern history. Most of it appears to be someone cutting booze with it to make it cheaper and go farther, but it can be a byproduct of someone not knowing what they're doing when distilling.
 
2013-12-01 08:38:07 PM
Moonshine isn't for drinking in bars.  Moonshine is for drinking out of a Mason jar you keep in your back pocket.

/had some Romanian plum moonshine once
 
2013-12-01 08:38:10 PM
@SlothB77 - that's a lot of $ for a shot of 'shine. Kudos that it's on the menu tho.

Shine appeals to many because of its unique tax-free flavor. I used to make it when I was in Canada - a huge motivating factor was the obscene levels of tax levied by the feds & provinces. For example, a 1.75L bottle of Smirnoff red label is ~$54 in every Canadian province I've checked. In Nevada and California, my places of residence over the past 8 years, the same bottle costs $17.99 at any grocery store.

I used to make a very reasonable vodka, aka ethanol. Quality is improved by the method of distillation, filtering and quality of water used to cut the eth. Rather than go into the details, anyone interested can check out this link:

http://homedistiller.org/

I'm a wine drinker. and living in California means that I have access to some of the world's best wines at very reasonable prices. So, I no longer make eth (sidique to those with middle-east memories), or home-made wine. But I could fill books with stories of how people work around repressive alcohol laws to find a reasonably-priced, or available, wee dram.
 
2013-12-01 08:39:20 PM
So the rest of the world is catching up with Kentucky?
These are the end times.
 
2013-12-01 08:40:09 PM
There is a still buried in my backyard. My Grandpa and a neighbor covered it up when they were tipped that the po po were coming.
 
2013-12-01 08:42:42 PM

Igor Jakovsky: I've had actual moonshine that was more potent than everclear.


Not if you're in a state where Everclear is sold at 190 proof.  An ethanol-water mixture is azeotropic beyond that point and can't be further distilled.

Then again maybe it was the cogeners that got you wrecked, not the ethanol.
 
2013-12-01 08:45:34 PM

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Wang
 
2013-12-01 08:46:51 PM

The Pope of Manwich Village:


It kills only cripples and blind people?!?

AWESOME!
 
2013-12-01 08:48:11 PM
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2013-12-01 08:50:14 PM
Are any of the brands going for that authentic prohibition "the government put strychnine in your liquor" taste?
 
2013-12-01 08:51:06 PM

SlothB77:


They sell Virginia lightning at the ABC stores here in VA. Horrible stuff.

No where near as good as the stuff made out of some guy's still.
 
2013-12-01 08:54:54 PM
WTF?  Moonshine is moonshine.. if they sell it in a store, it isnt moonshine.  Just like real absinthe is not sold in stores.

/and the general appeal of moonshine is that its higher than legal alcohol content.. thats about it.
 
2013-12-01 09:02:31 PM
I've had some distilled corn mash liquor on a few occasions.  This I'd bet is hipsters trying to hillbilly ironic like.  They probably can't hold more than a shot.  Yeah, I've got them all figured out.  Just serve some PGA and market it as 1337 authentic frontier jibberish corn mash hog swaller.  It should sell well.
 
2013-12-01 09:06:37 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again...
Drinking store bought moonshine is like renting a cheap motel room on the other side of town to sleep with your wife.
 
2013-12-01 09:17:23 PM
You throw an old car battery in to get the mash workin'

Twon't hurt nothing in Floriduh.
 
2013-12-01 09:20:28 PM

poot_rootbeer: Igor Jakovsky: I've had actual moonshine that was more potent than everclear.

Not if you're in a state where Everclear is sold at 190 proof.  An ethanol-water mixture is azeotropic beyond that point and can't be further distilled.

Then again maybe it was the cogeners that got you wrecked, not the ethanol.


The Everclear that they sell in FL (where I live) is 151. Never had the 190 that apparently can be sold in other states.
 
2013-12-01 09:24:36 PM
This is what happens when "Duck Dynasty" intersects with "brand new micro-distilleries too desperate for cashflow to let their whiskey age properly before bottling it".
 
2013-12-01 09:34:05 PM

oldwolf49: From Article ""We're able to control the elements a little bit better, I would say, just because of some advances in technology," he said. "I think that's part of the allure, too ... it's done exactly the same way that folks here in the mountains have done for many, many years." "

BS, yuppie moonshine is not how they have done it for years.  And flavored..........yeah.


Well, after what we've managed to do with the rest of the boozes of the world, what do you expect?
/have tried Ole Smoky and Midnight Moon offerings, can't rightly taste a difference between it and what they're claiming as vodak these days
 
2013-12-01 09:34:15 PM

part of the problem: I've said it before and I'll say it again...
Drinking store bought moonshine is like renting a cheap motel room on the other side of town to sleep with your wife.


So it, spices things up a bit?
 
2013-12-01 09:37:24 PM

poot_rootbeer: This is what happens when "Duck Dynasty" intersects with "brand new micro-distilleries too desperate for cashflow to let their whiskey age properly before bottling it".


Welcome to the world as it is.

/obscure?
 
2013-12-01 09:37:46 PM

part of the problem: I've said it before and I'll say it again...
Drinking store bought moonshine is like renting a cheap motel room on the other side of town to sleep with your wife.


Farking close to water?  Oh wait, thats another joke.
 
2013-12-01 09:38:18 PM

Alx_xlA: SlothB77: [scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x640]

If it costs as much as Bourbon, what's the point?


I like how they have the balls to have a cocktail called "Poor man's gold", priced the same as a go of Knob Creek Small Batch.
 
2013-12-01 09:38:22 PM
Came for popcorn sutton links...leaving disappoint.
 
2013-12-01 09:39:28 PM

Igor Jakovsky: poot_rootbeer: Igor Jakovsky: I've had actual moonshine that was more potent than everclear.

Not if you're in a state where Everclear is sold at 190 proof.  An ethanol-water mixture is azeotropic beyond that point and can't be further distilled.

Then again maybe it was the cogeners that got you wrecked, not the ethanol.

The Everclear that they sell in FL (where I live) is 151. Never had the 190 that apparently can be sold in other states.


West Virginia sold it till 2006 or so. Kentucky still does as far as I know.
 
2013-12-01 09:39:54 PM

Barfmaker: I like a drink and I even like a few drinks, but I only drinks I like.

So the question is, would you drink harsh crap you don't like just to get your drink on?


My 20-something self would say, "Hell yeah!" But my 40-something self says "Of course not. Why ingest something that doesn't taste good?"
 
2013-12-01 09:42:23 PM
Ethanol and fusel oils - in other words, impurely distilled liquor.
Anyone who drinks shine when store-bought is available is, to put it mildly, ill informed (AKA, a farking idiot).
 
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