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    Re: Moonshine, today

    If you augment your sugar water with some ground grains, is cooking, or the addition of malt or other enzymes, necessary for conversion? Do moonshiners ferment the mash or a wort? Or do they screen out the solids post-fermentation but pre-distillation? If not, how to they avoid the problems typical of mash distillation in a pot still? I always assumed that avoiding solids in the still was one of the advantages of using sugar.

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    These are harder questions to answer with any certainty, since
    practices vary so much between operations, and the evidence isn't
    as plain to see. Police reports of busts will list things like
    grain and molasses, but unfortunately they tend to be a little
    shy on details that would give clues as to exact production
    practices. Similarly, people who have seen or helped with stills
    and give anecdotal evidence can tell you for ceratin that corn
    was added, but when you start asking, even in nice, non-technical
    terms, if they extract a wort or if they ferment on the grain, then
    the answers aren't quite as clear. So researching adjunct usage
    is a lot easier than trying to pick up other details.

    If you decide to get super-curious, I've heard that a guy named Matthew
    Rowley is doing much more research that I am on this stuff, and is
    looking to put together a book.

    Tim Dellinger

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    I would think that since the vast majority probably learned to make shine from their fathers and grandfathers they probably had their own terms for each step of their process that wouldn't necessarily match established industry terms. When asked why they do any particular part of the process the way they do, the answer would surely be "because that's the way dad showed me to do it". Kind of like asking a fisherman how he prefers to evacuate the viscera of his catch and being told "I don't do any of that, I just gut em".

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    Re: Moonshine, today

    > Kind of like asking a fisherman how he prefers to evacuate the viscera
    > of his catch and being told "I don't do any of that, I just gut em".

    That's why I say "in nice, non-technical terms", but the real problem
    is that it's actually a complicated question. At first glance, either
    you ferment on the grains, or you drain off a wort... either you put
    the grains in the still, or you don't... either your boil the {mash, wort}
    or you don't.. but there's lots of gray area in between when you think
    about it.

    What if at some point you let the solids settle for a day, and only
    take the top 80% of the liquid? You're not really filtering per se, but
    you are getting rid of most of the solids. And what if you just have a
    course filter, but you still let, say, 50% of the solids through?

    What if you use some of your cooling water (which is now hot, of course)
    to make the mash? You're not really boiling it or heating it per se, but
    it is hot.

    Some of the moonshining rigs get really complicated with ingenious ways
    to pre-heat the beer before it goes into the still, and to route liquids
    in all kinds of crazy ways using gravity so that you don't have to pour
    or pump anything.

    Tim Dellinger

 

 

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