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    Moonshine, today

    I came across this article while surfing, today: Moonshine in Ky

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    Very interesting, Tim, good catch. Reading this reminded me of what Michael Jackson wrote in his 1988 World Guide To Whisky about a grizzled, former moonshiner pictured in the text, "he is an unrepentant whiskey lover".

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    "It's definitely an unusual thing these days..."

    Moonshine has been around TV lately. I saw a special on it at CMT and the History channel. One or both programs said that moonshine was on the rise with the younger generation.

    A part of me wishes it could be legal. I know people got hurt, but home stills were the way the country used to be. When we truly were a free country.

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    > I know people got hurt, but home stills were the way the country used to be.

    Home stills actually aren't really all that dangerous, as long as they don't
    explode or burn down the house. Them fellers tryin' to make deep fried
    turkeys... now that's trouble right there, I'll tell you what.

    Tim Dellinger

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    Despite the somewhat negative spin, I thought the moonshine special on CMT was great! What were your thoughts? Did anybody else see it?

    Perhaps there is some risk in consuming moonshine, but I'll say this - I think there is a fair amount of moonshine consumed around here (in rural VA), but, in the seven years I've been practicing here, I have yet to treat my first moonshine related illness. Fortunately, I have government approved tobacco consumption to keep the patients rolling in. Otherwise, business would be a bit slow.

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    I found the CMT program very interesting, including the part about Jake leg, how it may have injured thousands in the 1930s. Some of that stuff was 70 to 85 percent alcohol.

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    Was the CMT program the same one that A&E and the History Channel have shown? (Rumrunners, Moonshiners, and Bootleggers)?

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    I think this is a different show, only on CMT.

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    The officers seized several large metal barrels, in which corn mash allegedly was fermented, and other items needed to make moonshine, including propane tanks and three large bags of sugar.
    Modern moonshiners, especially those who are doing it as a business and not just for fun, rarely use corn or any other grain. They use table sugar, which is relatively cheap (thanks to subsidies), available and easy to work with. No worries about cooking, conversion, enzymes or any of that. Sugar water ferments up right nice. I have heard of moonshiners adding a couple cans of creamed corn for flavor, but that's about it.

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    > I have heard of moonshiners adding a couple cans of creamed corn for
    > flavor, but that's about it.

    Creamed corn??? That's a new one for me! I have heard tell of the
    the virtues of adding tomato paste to a sugar wash, but for the most
    part, large operations use a little splash of dried grains in their
    sugar water.

    My feeling is that pure sugar water is the recipe of the isolated
    beginner... it just doesn't provide the nutrients and raw materials
    that the yeast needs, and dramatic improvements are seen when you
    treat the yeast marginally better.


    I dug up a few news stories a while back, and they all use grain adjuncts:
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbth...p;Number=17187


    Tim Dellinger

 

 

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