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2010-09-23 05:03:18 AM  
Drinking is definitely a hobby; i sink hours a day into that pastime.
 
2010-09-23 05:22:41 AM  
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8388799186474801644#
 
2010-09-23 05:49:36 AM  
Hey! We're drunks, you judgmental bastard!

/AA is for quitters
 
2010-09-23 05:52:15 AM  
some of us just prefer the flavor of unaged liquor. Kinda like tequila, only more burny.
 
2010-09-23 06:03:12 AM  
I used to live next door to a "hot house." Dude would sell moonshine all hours of the night, which the liquor stores do not. Drunks would bang on my door sometimes in confusion, but I always tried to steer them in the right direction. Never tried any myself but judging from the customers' behavior, that stuff was mad potent.

I'll just stick with cheap vodka, thanks.
 
2010-09-23 06:33:03 AM  
http://www.copper-alembic.com/shop/index.php
 
2010-09-23 06:42:13 AM  
Well at least you know your audience Subby.
 
2010-09-23 06:44:29 AM  
Subby is an idiot. Good 'shine tastes nothing like gasoline. Kerosene perhaps, but not gasoline.

Why is it so dark in here?
 
2010-09-23 06:45:38 AM  
What the heck with the lame-vertisement? Is that where fark is going now?
 
2010-09-23 06:47:39 AM  
Not all moonshine is 'gasoline flavored hooch'. My dad makes whisky that is about 80 proof, and smooth as the day is long. The homemade stuff is so much better than store-bought, no matter what the brand.

//gets free whisky for life...
 
2010-09-23 06:48:26 AM  
You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.
 
2010-09-23 06:50:46 AM  
I've had my share of gas-flavored white lightnin. However, I've also had some mighty tasty stuff. I learned the difference when one of the 'hobbyists' I know demoed the distillation process. All you have to do is pour off the first quart of "product" as that contains the most concetrated bitter tasting poisons. What was left was a sweet tasty corn whiskey that was not at all objectionable. Pouring off that first crappy quart also keeps away the worst of the over-hang.
 
2010-09-23 06:51:40 AM  
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Laughs at your hobby nothingness compared to his hobby everything ness!

/drinks weak lemon drink now
//hot like a vicar's arse
 
2010-09-23 06:52:21 AM  
How is this on the Music tab?
 
2010-09-23 06:52:47 AM  

Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.


Beer and wine is what distilled spirits are made of.
 
2010-09-23 06:58:47 AM  

Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.


It's all about the government getting theirs. I think if you brew it for personal use, the less likely of a chance you will get fined/arrested (I'm not saying its legal, but they don't care as much).

But if you sell it, that is where the government steps in, because your not giving them their cut.
 
2010-09-23 06:59:49 AM  
YEEEEEE-HA, don't yatch reckon that we gotten' aught fif dunders wit da moon sauce-y? YEEEEE-HA! Gamblin' ramblin' rackity-doo!
 
2010-09-23 07:02:03 AM  
I tried some, in Tazwell county Virgina, at a little old general store.

/it was awful crap.
 
2010-09-23 07:08:33 AM  
Subby: assuming your hobby is being a raging alcoholic who likes to get shiat-faced drunk on gasoline-flavored hooch

No assumption needed, subby... are you new here?
 
2010-09-23 07:08:47 AM  
I tried some in a little backwoods Pennsylvania town called Pittsburgh. Ugh. Gasoline is right.

/will stick with good bourbon.
 
2010-09-23 07:11:06 AM  

Burr: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

It's all about the government getting theirs. I think if you brew it for personal use, the less likely of a chance you will get fined/arrested (I'm not saying its legal, but they don't care as much).

But if you sell it, that is where the government steps in, because your not giving them their cut.


I have absolutely no problem with the government wanting to get their cut if someone sells it. Sure, you can distill at home for personal use and more than likely will never get caught, but it is still illegal. I think that they should just repeal the law already. After all, what real difference between home brewing of beer and distilling of moonshine? A home beer brewer could just as illegally sell their home brew beer. That same is true of people who make their own wine. Sure, moonshine is more lucrative, but so what? Instead of making all production of moonshine illegal why not just go after those who illegally sell it?
 
2010-09-23 07:12:13 AM  

Sun God: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8388799186474801644#


I seriously want Mr. Distiller.

/wonder if it's related to Mr.Fusion
//Will the hootch take me back to the future?
//yay, slashies
 
2010-09-23 07:12:39 AM  

Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.


There are a lot of stupid laws that people put into place for the "public good." This is just one of them. The fact I can't buy beer until 12 on Sundays is another. I mean chances are I'm not awake until noon on Sundays but that's beside the point.
 
2010-09-23 07:12:42 AM  

Sun God: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

Beer and wine is what distilled spirits are made of.


Yes...that's what annoys me. Making beer and wine makes alcohol. Making vodka produces no alcohol. I am making alcohol out of a 25 lb bag of sugar and some bakers yeast right now. That is quite legal. When I clean it up and take all the nastiness out, producing no alcohol, the feds get all pissy. It's quite mad.
 
2010-09-23 07:13:33 AM  

Mad Scientist: I tried some in a little backwoods Pennsylvania town called Pittsburgh. Ugh. Gasoline is right.

/will stick with good bourbon.


Try Bulleit Bourbon and The Old Pogue.
 
2010-09-23 07:13:41 AM  
I've tried moonshine. It was smooth, sweet, and packed a kick.
 
2010-09-23 07:15:14 AM  

Hagbardr: I've tried moonshine. It was smooth, sweet, and packed a kick.


I'm more of a fan of the so called "mountain wines." My friend's relatives made a mean batch of strawberry wine...

/be careful EATING those strawberries
//I wasn't
 
2010-09-23 07:16:52 AM  
I estimated that I have drank 70,000 beers in my life so far. I don't drink much liquor, but moonshine sounds kind of fun. Plus you get to make those runs to the county line in your hot rod to avoid the sheriff, who has to stop right at the county line and has no radio.
 
2010-09-23 07:20:09 AM  

Sun God: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

Beer and wine is what distilled spirits are made of.


Depends on the type of distilled spirits. Moonshine is generally NOT made out of beer or wine. It is made out of sugar and corn.
 
2010-09-23 07:20:43 AM  

Bigjohn3592: I've had my share of gas-flavored white lightnin. However, I've also had some mighty tasty stuff. I learned the difference when one of the 'hobbyists' I know demoed the distillation process. All you have to do is pour off the first quart of "product" as that contains the most concetrated bitter tasting poisons. What was left was a sweet tasty corn whiskey that was not at all objectionable. Pouring off that first crappy quart also keeps away the worst of the over-hang.


for the home distiller, discarding the first 50ml of feints to come out of each run is sufficient to get rid of the dangerous/vile components. The alcohol is most concentrated when it first comes out and then the concentration of alcohol in relation to water and other compounds drops over the course of the run. By throwing out the first quart your friend is needlessly discarding losing most of the ethanol he worked so hard to produce.

Not that I would know anything about that.
 
2010-09-23 07:22:36 AM  
I know a couple of distillers. Fine sippin' whiskey. One guy makes his own wine, distills it to brandy then again to cognac.

Blueberry, Apple Pie, Peach - it's ALL good.

/Mojo Nixon
 
2010-09-23 07:24:20 AM  

Minus1Kelvin: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

There are a lot of stupid laws that people put into place for the "public good." This is just one of them. The fact I can't buy beer until 12 on Sundays is another. I mean chances are I'm not awake until noon on Sundays but that's beside the point.


This is a taxation issue.

Liquor sales result in drunks -- moreso than beer and wine. Drunks cost taxpayers money -- lots of it -- in safety and health costs.

Home distilling (I've made about 50 gallons of 100-proof rye and Bourbon, myself) bypasses that taxation. The only way home distilling will be allowed is through registration and tax stamps (or the equivalent).
 
2010-09-23 07:28:28 AM  

jimmiejaz: Sun God: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8388799186474801644#

I seriously want Mr. Distiller.

/wonder if it's related to Mr.Fusion
//Will the hootch take me back to the future?
//yay, slashies


It's just a modified water distiller.
 
2010-09-23 07:30:08 AM  
Pear whiskey for the win, although I guess it's technically not whiskey. It's more like a super, super concentrated schnapps. It's good, though, and the next day on the toilet you smell like what I imagine Strawberry Shortcake smells like on the toilet.

/may cause blindness
 
2010-09-23 07:32:48 AM  

Mock26: Sun God: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

Beer and wine is what distilled spirits are made of.

Depends on the type of distilled spirits. Moonshine is generally NOT made out of beer or wine. It is made out of sugar and corn.


You forgot rye.
 
2010-09-23 07:33:05 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Minus1Kelvin: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

There are a lot of stupid laws that people put into place for the "public good." This is just one of them. The fact I can't buy beer until 12 on Sundays is another. I mean chances are I'm not awake until noon on Sundays but that's beside the point.

This is a taxation issue.

Liquor sales result in drunks -- moreso than beer and wine. Drunks cost taxpayers money -- lots of it -- in safety and health costs.

Home distilling (I've made about 50 gallons of 100-proof rye and Bourbon, myself) bypasses that taxation. The only way home distilling will be allowed is through registration and tax stamps (or the equivalent).


And making your own beer or wine also bypasses the taxation of buying it in a store. Sorry, but the taxation argument is an extremely weak one.
 
2010-09-23 07:35:25 AM  

Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.


In some states you can distill your own, but the amount allowed per year is much lower than beer/wine. Here in the mid-atlantic, mead is also getting big. Homebrewers looking for a new challenge mostly.
 
2010-09-23 07:35:31 AM  

Mock26:
And making your own beer or wine also bypasses the taxation of buying it in a store. Sorry, but the taxation argument is an extremely weak one.


Do you really think beer and wine have the same effect as liquor?
 
2010-09-23 07:35:52 AM  

GenePoolinWV: I know a couple of distillers. Fine sippin' whiskey. One guy makes his own wine, distills it to brandy then again to cognac.

Blueberry, Apple Pie, Peach - it's ALL good.

/Mojo Nixon


Negative. Cognac is brandy. Cognac is a region.
 
2010-09-23 07:38:22 AM  

flaming99: Bigjohn3592: I've had my share of gas-flavored white lightnin. However, I've also had some mighty tasty stuff. I learned the difference when one of the 'hobbyists' I know demoed the distillation process. All you have to do is pour off the first quart of "product" as that contains the most concetrated bitter tasting poisons. What was left was a sweet tasty corn whiskey that was not at all objectionable. Pouring off that first crappy quart also keeps away the worst of the over-hang.

for the home distiller, discarding the first 50ml of feints to come out of each run is sufficient to get rid of the dangerous/vile components. The alcohol is most concentrated when it first comes out and then the concentration of alcohol in relation to water and other compounds drops over the course of the run. By throwing out the first quart your friend is needlessly discarding losing most of the ethanol he worked so hard to produce.

Not that I would know anything about that.


I set aside the first 300ml. Then dump it back in on the next spirit run.
 
2010-09-23 07:41:10 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Mock26:
And making your own beer or wine also bypasses the taxation of buying it in a store. Sorry, but the taxation argument is an extremely weak one.

Do you really think beer and wine have the same effect as liquor?


Ethanol is ethanol. So, yes. It's just with a nice clean vodka you don't have all of the additives that cause those nasty hangovers.
 
2010-09-23 07:42:12 AM  
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2010-09-23 07:43:06 AM  
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2010-09-23 07:43:16 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Mock26:
And making your own beer or wine also bypasses the taxation of buying it in a store. Sorry, but the taxation argument is an extremely weak one.

Do you really think beer and wine have the same effect as liquor?


Ya, they both contain alcohol. Most people I know who have gotten DWI's have done so on beer. I got one 20 years ago, on beer. Many of the drunks we think about really aren't the classic sitting there with a bottle of Jack drunks, they are the drink a case of cheap beer a day and beat your wife drunks.
 
2010-09-23 07:46:35 AM  

willwonk: Lenny_da_Hog: Mock26:
And making your own beer or wine also bypasses the taxation of buying it in a store. Sorry, but the taxation argument is an extremely weak one.

Do you really think beer and wine have the same effect as liquor?

Ethanol is ethanol. So, yes. It's just with a nice clean vodka you don't have all of the additives that cause those nasty hangovers.


True, ethanol is ethanol -- however, 5-10% ethanol is not 40-90% ethanol.
 
2010-09-23 07:46:49 AM  

Sun God: Mock26: Sun God: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

Beer and wine is what distilled spirits are made of.

Depends on the type of distilled spirits. Moonshine is generally NOT made out of beer or wine. It is made out of sugar and corn.

You forgot rye.


Step 1) Acquire ingredients
Step 2) Ferment ingredients into X
Step 3) Distill fermented X
Step 4) (Don't) profit!

What is X? If your ingredients are grains/grain sugars then X is a beer, if they are fruits/fruit sugars then X is a wine. Either way, before distilling begins a base beer or base wine is produced.

Even the more esoteric liquors (grappa for example) have that initial fermentation step (gotta produce the alcohol somewhere..), though I'm not sure what it would be called in that case. I presume a wine, though i dont think grape stems count as fruit or grain.
 
2010-09-23 07:49:23 AM  

renstar: (grappa for example)


Grappa is a tricky one.
 
2010-09-23 07:49:33 AM  
To test "corn liquor or white lightning" the test is simple. 1. shake the mason jar, a bead of tiny bubbles will form at the top and 2. pour small amount into lid of jar and light. A BLUE flame will occur. At this point you have some kick-ass shine. Enjoy.
 
2010-09-23 07:51:40 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Mock26:
And making your own beer or wine also bypasses the taxation of buying it in a store. Sorry, but the taxation argument is an extremely weak one.

Do you really think beer and wine have the same effect as liquor?


Yes. The same amount of actual alcohol will still get you drunk! The only real difference between beer/wine and liquor is the concentration of the alcohol. That is it. If the government was really that concerned about tax revenue there would still be a ban on making your own wine and beer at home.

But since you obviously seem to disagree, how do they not have the same effect?
 
2010-09-23 07:53:15 AM  

syberpud: Mock26: You can brew your own beer and make your own wine in your own home (in most states) but you cannot make moonshine. That is simply stupid. It is high time that this outdated law is tossed on the scrap heap.

In some states you can distill your own, but the amount allowed per year is much lower than beer/wine. Here in the mid-atlantic, mead is also getting big. Homebrewers looking for a new challenge mostly.


What states? As far as I (thought I) knew the prohibition on home distillation was a federal ban.
 
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