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JGknows 35 points ago +35 / -0

"Pappy made a batch of corn, The revenuers came. The draugh was slow, so now they know you can't do that to Mame."

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publius1788 25 points ago +25 / -0

"The G-men, T-Men, Revenuers to, searchin' for the place where he made his brew, they were lookin' tryin' to book him but my pappy kept on cookin white lightnin."

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NewAnon5522 15 points ago +15 / -0

Better stay away from Copperhead road!

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Quietam_Unum 9 points ago +9 / -0

Used to love Steve Earle. Then I saw him in concert in Greenfield MA. He brown-nosed the lefties in the audience like I couldn't believe. I mean he did everything but actually suck cock on stage.

Asshole.

Never played his music again and changed the station if one of his came on.

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ScienceGuyWontComply 7 points ago +7 / -0

I had this same experience a decade ago with David Allen Coe of all people.

Haven't played his stuff since.

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RiverRunnerVDB 4 points ago +4 / -0

Yeah, he turned into the exact thing he hated in his youth. All the hippies who became rich and famous succumbed to the golden handcuffs and developed Stockholm syndrome.

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Lord_Nekro 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yeah he's a raging leftist, use to love his music

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Deplorable_Citizen 3 points ago +3 / -0

Pistol Packin' Mama. Always a classic tune.

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Lord_Nekro 1 point ago +1 / -0

Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad He headed up the holler with everything he had It's before my time but I've been told He never come back from Copperhead Road

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Isaiah53 31 points ago +31 / -0

As a Tennessean, shine stills, and meth labs, for that matter, only get found when the barn blows up.

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WokeYoke 4 points ago +4 / -0

Nashville has a moonshine store complete with bouncer at the Opryland mall.

Not exactly a speakeasy

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Isaiah53 1 point ago +1 / -0

That's like telling people you went on safari for vacation, when what you really did was go on the ride at Disney.

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D0ntdrugtest 45 points ago +45 / -0

Covid didn’t stand a chance with us 100+ proof drinkers

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HanginChad 33 points ago +33 / -0

Just get your blood alcohol level to 70% and it'll cure every infection. *

* Not a licensed medical professional, not medical advice.

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Cbdminme 9 points ago +9 / -0

Bourbon was once prescribed as medicine.

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Inquisitor_Corvus 6 points ago +6 / -0

So was rum. Good times!

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ModernKnight 5 points ago +5 / -0

I still use blackberry brandy to help me through colds. OK, it might just be an excuse, but there's still some vitamins in that.

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TXPatriot_73 4 points ago +4 / -0

It's good stuff... try a little peppermint schnapps if you have a sore throat or mild cough.

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Cbdminme 1 point ago +1 / -0

Medical cocaine made in America, might not be so bad. Uncle Ron, naw.

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Destineed369 5 points ago +5 / -0

Nah that’s medical advice. Maybe poor medical advice, but it can’t be worse than “wear a mask” lol

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ModernKnight 1 point ago +1 / -0

Better than "get this totally safe and effective jab."

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Whitespace 2 points ago +2 / -0

Surprisingly it probably is with the40% increase in deaths among 18-45

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Gonzotron5000 1 point ago +1 / -0

For the rest of your life!

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IronMaiden 1 point ago +1 / -0

Well, I mean if you're dead you can't have covid 🤣

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Aradesh 1 point ago +1 / -0

Now now, lets now be too hasty. They're running out of legit cases to count, so the dead make for easy numbers.

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CaptainRumington 6 points ago +6 / -0

I love my Gunpowder Proof, Pusser's Rum.

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covok48 1 point ago +1 / -0

Still doesn’t. Gin has botanicals n’ sheit.

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Waitafriggingminute 3 points ago +3 / -0

But does it have electrolytes?

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BlowMeJIDF 1 point ago +2 / -1

thats rookie proof numbers

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MCMLXXXIV 30 points ago +30 / -0

West Virginian enters the chat.

Real moonshine is awesome. Quick buzz, little hangover. Good moonshine tastes a little like Tequila.

If you drink that store-bought, flavored stuff, it's been watered down, feminized, and you are a fag.

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Firespawn 11 points ago +11 / -0

Kentucky too, not far from TN or WV, so it's all around me. So smooth going down, but then that warmth on the way back up. Buzz is so clean. Pay @ $20 qt. One friend dabbled in flavors, but after trying each, I prefer straight shine.

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Allister 3 points ago +3 / -0

If you want to flavor, drop in a jolly rancher or two quick and dirty...

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10SNE1 6 points ago +6 / -0

Backs woods Nashville, Tennessee XXX jug slugger here. Squeaky clean, nice potato mash bouquet. First shot or two never makes it to your stomach. Stuff can power a locomotive.

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Destineed369 5 points ago +5 / -0

Or clean the brake dust off one.

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BillionsAndBillions 4 points ago +4 / -0

There are some stills running here in Virginia to this day. But, I wouldn't know anything about that.

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Allister 3 points ago +3 / -0

I'm in a Yankee state, but that doesn't mean I can't make my own with Southern pride and techniques, and I do just that...

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TrumpingTheStorm 2 points ago +2 / -0

Fuck that, I knew a guy whose family made moonshine for multiple generations. They made an apple pie shine that was spot on. Some flavored can be awesome, but yes the store-bought stuff is watered down trash.

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sweeswee14 28 points ago +28 / -0

this is correct.

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Bohemyth_2 20 points ago +20 / -0

repackaged everclear don't make it shine

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Allister 8 points ago +8 / -0

Truth, but it's not even repacked everclear, they cut it with water and add flavorings, more like melted jello shots...

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OldGamerGuy79 2 points ago +2 / -0

Can Confirm. Worked at liquor store and drank .....a lot.

Name brands mean jack shit, It all gets you drunk.

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covok48 2 points ago +2 / -0

Everclear will fuck you up though.

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NeverGiveUpTrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

When I was a teenager, my best friend drank a whole bottle of everclear. It fucked him up bad. 25 years later, he still hasn’t been the same.

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Meddlesom 1 point ago +1 / -0

So will Natural Light if you drink enough of it.

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WeeWillyWinkler 5 points ago +5 / -0

It ain't shine if it don't make you blind

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Destineed369 8 points ago +8 / -0

Wrong. The first jar is the heads. It gets thrown out for the homies because methanol runs first, which is what makes you go blind.

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Scutigera_coleoptrat 27 points ago +27 / -0

Hipsters love Mason jars and other things they deign as "working class" and "blue collar." I remember the hipsters being obsessed with Pabst Blue Ribbon back in the early-mid 2000s.

It's basically blue collar blackface.

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TheOneWhoKnocks 17 points ago +17 / -0

Hipsters love everything working class except actually working.

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WisestGuru93 4 points ago +4 / -0

kek

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GodEmperorOfHumility 16 points ago +16 / -0

"Appalachian chic."

Rednecks are literally the only cultural group it's still OK to appropriate from.

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CaptainRumHam808 4 points ago +4 / -0

Can Always tell them by their cleaner than a newborn's hands. Holding their beer with a limp wrist.

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emet 25 points ago +25 / -0

The whiskey of 150 years ago actually had more “kick”, and more often resembled meth in its effects, from the addition of prussic acid, strychnine, etc. Flavorings might include cayenne pepper. It could be known as tarantula juice, coffin varnish, and so forth. Government oversight of of production (bonded whiskey) started in the1890s I think.

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JGknows 16 points ago +16 / -0

You can still enjoy it. Find yourself a bottle of Applejack or Sazerac rye. The two oldest boozes still made in America.

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heeeeeemeyer 8 points ago +8 / -0

But prepare yourself for a nasty hangover (at least with freeze distilled applejack)

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covok48 5 points ago +5 / -0

I love this site.

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Foreign_Aid_is_Theft 7 points ago +7 / -0

Isn't that when the Kennedy family got into the whiskey business?

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MarcusAurelius 1 point ago +1 / -0

No, prohibition. The Kennedy Family would smuggle liquor from Europe and Canada into the US.

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AOCDickPics 19 points ago +19 / -0

That store-bought moonshine is only like 35% alcohol or some shit too.

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_Sully_ 16 points ago +16 / -0

Pedes, I have an opportunity to get into makin' moonshine. Is it hard to do? Can you make money doing it? Is it oversaturated? I sorta just want to learn to do it so it may just be a little hobby but if I can make money doing it that would be a bonus.

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Isolated_Patriot 27 points ago +27 / -0

Is it hard to do?

A bit tricky at first, lots of easy mistakes you can make, some danger involved if you make some of those mistakes, time consuming, it takes several hours to do a run. On your first few runs you should give it your undivided attention. Later it's like riding a bike and you can do other things along side it.

It's pretty easy to make some of the best tasting stuff you've ever had in your life with quality ingredients, but equally easy to get the nastiest rotgut you've ever had with a minor mistake or two.

Can you make money doing it?

Only if you want to risk the wrath of kahn. You can make for a LOT less than it costs at the liquor store, so there's a viable profit margin, or just mega savings for personal use, but it's the whole selling thing that will get you stung by the feds, not cooking it yourself in the kitchen/garage.

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_Sully_ 13 points ago +13 / -0

Thanks, pede. I think I'll start by focusing on making stuff for friends and family, uh well for myself only until I figure out what I'm doing. One thing I was thinking about is ill have unique access to high quality ingredients that we'll be growing on our property. I thought it would be a nice tie-in for optimum efficiency. However, I'm still very early stage so I don't even know if that would make a difference unless I was growing corn. We'll be growing certain tropical fruits in our greenhouse amongst other things.

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Isolated_Patriot 16 points ago +16 / -0

For fruits you're better off just making wine (which is even easier, and a good understanding of fermentation is a critical component of distilling), so that you can keep the flavor, or infusing them into the alcohol after the fact.

Some flavors (esters) do come through the distillation process, but it's always going to be very slight changes. I make white rum, and a good quality organic sugar and molasses makes a big enough difference it's worth the extra cost, but fruits or honey or anything like that would be a waste over just making a wine or mead. (Which can always be spiked with the rum if I want that extra %).

Another nice thing for gardening, is that leftover yeasty, mineral laden wash from the still is like liquid fuel for the compost.

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_Sully_ 11 points ago +11 / -0

Another nice thing for gardening, is that leftover yeasty, mineral laden wash from the still is like liquid fuel for the compost.

Oh nice, that's good to know.

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Allister 5 points ago +5 / -0

Some flavors (esters) do come through the distillation process, but it's always going to be very slight changes.

I made some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew shine once, just enough flavor came through and it was to dream for... Try and try again, I can't seem to repeat that run and get the same flavor profile out again...

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Isolated_Patriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

Oh it can work, but adding some flavor after the fact requires significantly less product. If you've got an overabundance, or just want to experiment, by all means. Just, personally, I'd rather make a wine with such excess and have all the flavor, or just drop a few slices of the cantaloupe into a jar of shine for a day or so.

I can't seem to repeat that run and get the same flavor profile out again...

A frustration I know all too well, lol.

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Allister 4 points ago +4 / -0

If you've got an overabundance, or just want to experiment, by all means.

Dumpster diving for day old tossed fruit is cheaper than corn. grains or sugar 🤣

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publius1788 4 points ago +4 / -0

My neighbors gave me some apple brandy which still has a nice apply aftertaste, quite nice.

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80960KA 2 points ago +2 / -0

I make white rum, and a good quality organic sugar and molasses makes a big enough difference it's worth the extra cost

I have a batch of sugar wash + molasses going with a wine yeast that I'm only taking to around 10%. I was super stoked when it started smelling like rum, and in general way way nicer than the stinky pizza dough smelling turbo wash.

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Isolated_Patriot 2 points ago +2 / -0

stinky pizza dough smelling turbo wash.

LOL I had the same experience with my first Turbo.

I actually cut it down and use way less than recommended and the Turbo can work just as well as the wine yeast, still take it to 16-18%, and still manages to do it in 3-4 days. The second time I split the bag in half, and immediately noticed it smelled more like the wine yeast than a pizza parler.

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80960KA 2 points ago +2 / -0

I'll have to get another bag of turbo and try that. I also just got in a sack of DADY that I'm gonna try with the next "rum-like" wash and probably aim for around 15-16%.

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CaptainRumHam808 1 point ago +1 / -0

Takes a year to make wine

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80960KA 4 points ago +4 / -0

Takes a year to make good wine, takes a week or two to make functional wine.

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Isolated_Patriot 1 point ago +1 / -0

Not if you are viking enough.

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CaptainRumHam808 2 points ago +2 / -0

Well I live where there is 300 inches of snow a year. And the faggots fatball joggers love the team called Vikings.

I shouldn't have spoke about wine btw. I only looked into moonshine and wine making loosely.

Where I live the things to make it cost more than buying outright, until my situation changes. Not to mention I would never be sober if I could moonshine. I still have 15 years to retirement. Lol retirement. I should say until I moonshine myself to death. Unless it pops off. Then you'll hear of real Vikings.

I prefer to educate myself in blood eagles. I figure with that skill, I will make a few good moonshine friends to barter skills with.

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StMike 4 points ago +4 / -0

Perhaps try it on your enemy's 1st. It's a win-win. If it's bad, then haha but if it's good you have a chance to make new friends. :)

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emet 7 points ago +7 / -0

Internal revenue tax is about $25 a proof gallon (gallon of 100 proof). So if you are producing a product with a high per cent of alcohol, you are evading a substantial amount of tax.

This used to be a very contentious issue (see whiskey rebellion ) because taxes (property tax) had to be paid in cash, and much of the frontier economy was barter. Also, crops such as corn were difficult to transport, so converting to whiskey solved the problem.

Lots of people had stills, but a substantial part of the production was colocated with mills, the miller receiving 1/8 for grinding corn. So millers were often also distillers. Mills/distilleries were also destinations for card games and general mayhem.

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Whitespace 1 point ago +1 / -0

The feds'll still raid your house with tommy guns for distilling some nice home brew?

Sons of bitches. They want to teach criminals a lesson but always fail because they themselves never learn.

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Isolated_Patriot 1 point ago +1 / -0

If you aren't selling it, it's very unlikely. But mainly because they would never know.

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QEBL486 13 points ago +13 / -0

Just be careful, the fags at the ATF will come after you. Our overlords are gracious enough to allow us to brew our own beer or produce our own wine but distilling our own spirits without approval is “strictly prohibited”. Fuck them!

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TheOneWhoKnocks 7 points ago +7 / -0

That's why you need a fast car that can jump old bridges and a thorough knowledge of all the county dirt roads.

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QEBL486 6 points ago +6 / -0

And a dixie horn too, otherwise you are just pretending

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JGknows 10 points ago +10 / -0

making alcohol is what most hollywood celebs do in retirement. wabocabo tequilla, avaitor gin, crystal skull vodka etc. all actors booze.

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Rope_Tree_Journalist 10 points ago +10 / -0

They just serve as front men, advertisers/endorsements.

You really think a drug dealing dropout like the Snoop Dogg knows anything about wine? Gimme a break, he probably doesn't even drink wine.

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CaptainRumHam808 3 points ago +3 / -0

He knows how to jog

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Jamahawk 7 points ago +7 / -0

Well, they like to put their names on it.

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Isolated_Patriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

The allure of buying that top shelf bottle wore off a while ago, now anybody who's anybody owns a vineyard or distillery of their own so they can brag about it at parties. Only a few of them actually get involved in the process.

The actors are just trying to pretend they are in the same league as the CEOs they party with.

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DiscoverAFire 7 points ago +7 / -0

You can easily tweak water distillation equipment to run at lower temperatures and distill alcohol, I have friends who do this. Fermenting alcohol is pretty easy too, yeast wants to eat, just make sure to sterilize everything before hand. I make mead and it only takes a couple hours of actual work. So small-batch moonshine is pretty easy, but you're not gonna make enough fast enough to make real money. You can sell a few bottles to friends or whatever, but you're not going to make enough money to matter.

Large scale is a lot of work and equipment. You can make real money, but you'll be working hard for the money.

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_Sully_ 5 points ago +5 / -0

Thanks, pede. I think I'm gonna just stick to make small batches for fun. I'm trying to come up with ideas to help make revenue for our property. Things I can do that by themselves might not be big money makers but may reduce costs elsewhere or add up to an overall benefit. Things that I'll have fun doing or can really get in to.

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DiscoverAFire 4 points ago +4 / -0

No problem. I have a few similar hobbies that operate like a business but end up paying ~$5/hr. As long as you're enjoying the process it's a great deal - a hobby you don't have to pay for!

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Allister 3 points ago +3 / -0

You really don't have to even tweak the water distillation equipment, the alcohol will evaporate first regardless, you just need to monitor your output a little closer because you likely don't have thermometers to monitor the mash temp...

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80960KA 2 points ago +2 / -0

Is it hard to do?

Not particularly. Understanding the physics of distillation and the physical properties of the stuff you want (ethanol and good flavor compounds) and the stuff you don't want (methanol and bad flavor compounds) helps a lot. The apparatus itself is not anything difficult, just a boiler and a condenser that can take a multitude of forms. I've used an electric pressure cooker with a copper water cooled condenser just to see if it would work (it did).

There's tons of off the shelf distillation equipment on the jungle site and bay of Es, and there may even be a local hobby distillation shop in your area. Despite hobby distillation being illegal, all the stuff you need is sold completely openly on normal sites, and by looking at some of the "other customers bought" suggestions you get when looking at anything related to brewing it's apparent that there's a lot of people interested in this hobby (because it's a natural pair with the fairly strong, and growing, brewing hobby).

Can you make money doing it?

Sure, just like you can make money selling black market weed in a legal weed state. If you scale up to the point you're making like decent money, you're probably gonna get busted and/or mob involvement, but if you're just giving (or even selling) pints to friends and family here and there most likely no one is going to care even if the fuzz know you're doing it.

I'm far from experienced but I've squeezed couple gallons of ~170proof out of turbo yeast sugar wash with a cheap stainless pot still in 3 passes. Not super efficient and pretty poor fractionation per pass but it works and by the 3rd pass most of the turbo yeast bread funk smell was gone and it made passable neutral spirit after a pass thru carbon.

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Thoborius 11 points ago +11 / -0

If you know the alcohol content it isn't shine.

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Sylvester1212 8 points ago +8 / -0

Easiest thing in the world to do. Used to run the moonshine still at heritage days. No one ever told not to run real mash like my predecessor who ran straight water.

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Palmertabs 7 points ago +7 / -0

Isn't it just the first bit of the moonshine that comes out of the distiller the stuff that is strong enough to make you blind?

I've heard once you pour out the first cups or two youre generally good to go.

It's been a while since i had some real moonshine, should stock up next time its available.

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Dirk_Diggler 11 points ago +11 / -0

It’s not “so strong that it makes you go blind.” That is methanol. Methanol is a normal product of fermentation. When you are stilling the product, you are effectively separating and concentrating the components. Methanol boils off at a lower temperature than ethanol. So after careful heat application, you can easily remove most of the methanol (the bad stuff) and then draw out the ethanol.

There is a little more to it than that, but that is the gist of it.

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heeeeeemeyer 2 points ago +2 / -0

Gotta understand your distillation fractions, yes

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TwoWrongsMakeALeft 6 points ago +6 / -0

A little mountain dew? Don't mind if I do! No hangover, too. XXX

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Here4thememology 6 points ago +6 / -0

"Now thats a name I havent heard in a very long time"

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AmericanJawa 6 points ago +6 / -0

One time, at the dentist, they were playing this show "Moonshiners" on TV, where the claim was that these people were making moonshine and getting tax-free money off it.

Which made zero sense since if it's being shown on TV, that means it's either staged or else they're basically advertising "Hey IRS, here's some guys who are avoiding taxes, come and get them!"

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Glower_not_shower 3 points ago +3 / -0

Oh it's for sure fake, I can't tell if they don't add yeast or just dump the mash before they run the still so they're running water or after they dump the product. I was on Deadliest Catch a few years ago, and I've had friends on one of the older gold shows and Wicked Tuna, similar shit, just a bunch of camera tricks, editing tricks, staged shit, and dipshit cameramen trying to intice fights.

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Trumpymctrumpface [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

It's a reality show, so it's fake and gay

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Testosteroneape2000 6 points ago +6 / -0

they made them brightly colored as well so that impressionable women will buy them. That’s all it takes.

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I_SPEAK_JIVE 6 points ago +7 / -1

I've had some real moonshine. some of it can taste fucking terrible. Off the shelf stuff is weaker, but more consistent in not tasting bad

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RobbyTheRedneck 5 points ago +5 / -0

That particular brand taste horrible.

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TangerineShine 4 points ago +4 / -0

Solid fuckin post fren!!! I don’t even drink alcohol but this is a man’s post! Fuck yeah!

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RedFoxOnFire 4 points ago +4 / -0

Nice thumper

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Simple_Doot 4 points ago +4 / -0

Technically moonshine is any whiskey that's never touched a barrel. But yes, what you are referring to is hipster bullshit.

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Light_HIV_Effect 4 points ago +4 / -0

The moonshine cherries in the jar are nice to add to cocktails.

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jonrockets 3 points ago +3 / -0

Just want to chime in, this is really a based company. My neighbor got fired from his job marketing for a distillery, for denying the clot shot, he got hired on by the "moonshine" company above. I've met a number of his coworkers, all of them on the level.

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moist__tentacle 3 points ago +3 / -0

There’s a big hollow tree down the road here from me Where you lay down a dollar or two You stroll ’round the bend and you come back again There’s a jug full of good old mountain dew

They call it that mountain dew And them that refuse it are few I’ll hush up my mug if you fill up my jug With that good old mountain dew

My uncle Mort, he’s sawed off and short He measures about four foot two But he thinks he’s a giant when you give him a pint Of that good old mountain dew

Well, my old aunt June bought some brand new perfume If had such a sweet smelling pew But to her surprise when she had it analyzed It was nothing but good old mountain dew

Well, my brother Bill’s got a still on the hill Where he runs off a gallon or two The buzzards in the sky get so drunk they can’t fly From smelling that good old mountain dew

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thatrightwinger 3 points ago +3 / -0

It brings revenue to my city and it keeps the hipsters in their own place. Don't tell them.

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Trumpymctrumpface [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Kinda like the $10 "eat the rich" ice cream bars? Only hipsters were eating that crap

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thatrightwinger 3 points ago +3 / -0

Hipsters do this amazing job of building walls around themselves and holding on to their favorite products with a deathgrip.

Ten dollar ice cream bars are the height of irony. There are lots of high quality ice creams that are way below ten dollars. You are quite literally acting like the wealthy snobs when you buy such a product.

The hipster greaseballs maintain their blissful unawareness that they'll be the first killed off if the communists actually take over.

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UncleDaddyZ 3 points ago +3 / -0

A modest 6 section reflux still can make several gallons of 180 proof per day. Just sayin.

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TheLoiteringKid 2 points ago +2 / -0

YA, but to feed that still you'll need minimal 2 large (IE takes multiple runs to empty each) mashing containers, or 5-7 1 run sized mashing containers to always have mash ready to go.

A 3 inch plate reflux is gonna be in the ~500$ range.

You can get to ~110-130 proof with just a 3 foot 2.5inch column.

I think at approximately 6 foot of column your in the 160-175 proof range (the math is out there but my memory is fuzzy)

But food for though a SS stock pot from the box store and a SS bowl that fits the top of said stock pot ~$30,

Some copper pipe and fittings from your local plumbing store(column/condenser).

A pond pump and garden hose

You could be off to the races for under 200$

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Allister 2 points ago +2 / -0

You can work even small refluxes and pull the 180ish proof, but it takes time... My first DIY reflux was only about 15" tall and about 6" wide, we were able to pull 180 off that slowly if we worked it hard... It was not a set and run, constant tinkering, but it did do it...

I can pull 180 all day long with my 6 foot 2.5-inch Bokakob when it's packed properly, or just run the 130-160 unpacked to strip fast...

I almost always just do strip runs first, I make 50 gallons of mash, and strip it all down 5 gallons at a time (8 gallon still) then run that again to get the 175-180...

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TheLoiteringKid 2 points ago +2 / -0

Available funds aside, lot of it comes down to how much patience you have, the slower you run the higher the proof, the height/width/reflux/internal surface area all have an effect on how fast you can run at a specific proof.

There was one you tube video i watched where the guy got payed to recreate stills from history, he had them built in glass, so he could see how they preformed and for the most part, our forefathers through trial and error had it very much figured out, I realy liked the zigzag one, or as the guy called it the resistor as it looks like a resistor on a wiring schematic. Why do i like it?, manly cause it will reflux with the corners acting like bubble plates, and can all be bought from a plumbing store, but I'm still on the trying to get my toes in on the cheap side heh, I may also have most of the copper needed to build one just haven't forked out the remaining cash to put it all together.

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Allister 2 points ago +2 / -0

The Bokakob design is cheap, and easy enough DIY design and works damn well for it's simplicity... I just kept checking Craigslist every day for a section of 6+ foot long copper pipe of the right diameter, finally found one and it just happened my brother was on the way home from a road trip and going through that town, grabbed it for $60, albeit that was years ago before copper turned to gold 🤣 Beyond maybe experimenting in the future my Bokakob suits all my needs... The only kind of negative is my Boka does have a stainless pot, so I have a coil of sheet copper that I put in there to line it and kind of get the copper still 'flavor' plus the column is copper and I pack some of it with pure copper scrubbers so that helps...

We also have an authentic all-copper TN pot still from the bootleg era, picked it up in an antique shop in some small town in TN, paid way too much for it, I guarantee it's all 100% lead soldered but it's classy as hell being from the prohibition time period... Trying to find a vintage thumper to go with it vs the new modern one we built just so we had one...

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UncleDaddyZ 2 points ago +2 / -0

I’m so far ahead of that game it’s crazy. 3” column with 6 plates (column height about 60 inches) regularly yields 180+.

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TheLoiteringKid 1 point ago +1 / -0

Well i'm speaking more to people just trying to get into the craft, but if you got it use it, and enjoy the results =)

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ThomasJackson 2 points ago +3 / -1

I come from Appalachian people.

We would put meat into the stills and smoke the meat.

Double whammy!!!!

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minotaurbeach 2 points ago +2 / -0

Real moonshine can be used as gasoline.

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BlowMeJIDF 2 points ago +3 / -1

liquor is super easy and cheap to produce at home

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TrumpingTheStorm 2 points ago +2 / -0

There was a guy I would meet at a motorcycle that made the best apple pie shine I have ever had. Once a year me and this guy would spend close to a week getting dangerously drunk and watch the titties ride by. Then the coof happened and the rally was sold off. I miss you over wight moonshine wizzard.

We came from very different lives, I worked the 9 to 5 and he was a legitimate Appalachian hillbilly but for that week we where brothers. Hope your doing good friend.

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Texas_Hobo 2 points ago +2 / -0

My dad was raised in the 50s. Part of his gun safety lessons was that if you find a still in the woods, leave it alone. There's probably someone pointing a gun at you and they won't shoot you if you just walk away.

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Waitafriggingminute 2 points ago +2 / -0

If'n you're buying it at the state store, it ain't moonshine, it's just corn liquor.

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RagnarD 1 point ago +1 / -0

This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make

The revenuers are responsible for Popcorn Sutton's death.

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goat_nebula 1 point ago +1 / -0

Have had real moonshine before. Can confirm. We got 2 trucks, an ATV, and a tractor stuck and broke a come along trying to get them out filling deer feeders at 1am like idiots. (No we were not driving drunk on any public roads, just logging lanes in the woods)

The hangover was astounding.

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CharlieMike 1 point ago +1 / -0

Where’s the old car radiator. Not real shine if made in all copper.

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BlowMeJIDF 1 point ago +2 / -1

liquor is super easy to produce at home

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magafren 1 point ago +1 / -0

real moonshine has a very unique taste, and it packs a wallop

that ole smokey bullshit is just flavored grain alcohol, like half the other shit in the store, except it's in a jar which makes it even cheaper

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Deplorable_Citizen 1 point ago +1 / -0

This makes me wanna make Nuka-shine a real thing.

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Meddlesom 1 point ago +1 / -0

or if it has a label with a barcode on it.

...or if it's in a liquor store.

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TheLesserBambino 1 point ago +1 / -0

It's pumpkin spice vodka and I'm a basic bitch for loving the stuff.

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SuperSilly 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'm sorry but, that butter pecan shit is delicious porch-sipping shit!

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Trump2024 1 point ago +1 / -0

When I was a young ruffian growing up in Northern Michigan I'd go with my dad to his buddies house to get real shine. He was cooking shine all year long in his garage. Back then it cost about $5/gallon. Ah,the good old days!

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Donnyrkj392 1 point ago +1 / -0

Had a batch of apple pie the other night, so good!

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nightingalemori 1 point ago +1 / -0

allways loved the idea of making my own shit... don't have the skills to so but beer seemed like a ok medium for drinks. now..... :} if/ when i do its going to shine brighter then the copper. side note.... is it just me or is deciding your fav mettle before your fav color?

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Gunmolester 1 point ago +1 / -0

and you pay tax on the taxes

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Whitespace 1 point ago +1 / -0

Industrial society and its future ftw.

History ain't over.

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CaptainRumington 0 points ago +1 / -1

Okay, but let's be real honest, the store-bought shit, while certainly not Moonshine, has a good flavor.

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JGknows -2 points ago +5 / -7

I like not going blind.

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Trumpymctrumpface [S] 10 points ago +10 / -0

You're allowed to buy jack daniels, or any other liquor and still pay the state tax. Moonshine however was made illegally and bypassed the authorities.

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JGknows 8 points ago +9 / -1

I don't call it moonweed I just called it weed. Still grown tax free

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Dominion4UsAll 7 points ago +7 / -0

I mean, if you happen to have some moonweed I wouldn't turn it down...

🤣

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JGknows 6 points ago +6 / -0

weed 4 shine = good time

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Trumpymctrumpface [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

I'll allow it.

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Isolated_Patriot 8 points ago +8 / -0

That only happened because the government poisoned it on purpose.

The first half ounce is the only dangerous part that could cause it through stupidity, and people have been throwing that out since pot stills were invented. But the US government intentionally poisoned the moonshine to push prohibition.

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_Sully_ 7 points ago +7 / -0

You don't go blind from drinking moonshine. That's a meme related to instances where people spiked moonshine with methanol to give it more umpf. It's also related to dummies back in the day using lead pipes and such. You'd have to go out of your way to do that now.

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JGknows 4 points ago +4 / -0

honestly I think the saying came from bathtub gin made around the same time. (which technically is moonshine)

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Elencher 6 points ago +6 / -0

Not to mention that during prohibition government agents would spike illegal liquor to increase the danger to those drinking.

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fuckthealphabetsoup 5 points ago +5 / -0

Yes, bathtub gin that, usually, the Gov't spiked to kill people so they could "discourage" breaking the law.

My family used to run rum, real runners as my understanding goes, took their product quality seriously; if people were dropping dead or going blind, you'd have to worry about the mob. (maybe)

Aside from idiots trying to diy it themselves, most of those stories were the feds fucking around with product to scare people.

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CoyoteTan 2 points ago +2 / -0

Foreshot and Feignt are discarded. It might be hillbilly reckoning but the majority of methanol supposedly ends up in the foreshot.

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Lurker404 5 points ago +8 / -3

Yea, I prefer drinks without methanol. Taxes suck but I don't trust some random guy to properly distill alcohol.

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DeepStateParasite 3 points ago +3 / -0

No doubt, someone who has been running a still a while should know what they're doing whether they're working at a government-controlled facility or one that believes in citizen's rights.

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Isolated_Patriot 4 points ago +4 / -0

Quick and easy test:

Is the moonshine guy blind? No? He probably got the whole "dump the foreshot" thing figured out just fine.

Considering you also have to dump the next 30 shots to not have it taste like acetone, that's another easy test.

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80960KA 3 points ago +3 / -0

Methanol comes off like almost 10 degrees earlier and smells to me like a whiff of brake cleaner (nonchlor type is xylene/methanol/acetone), not too hard to cut out and you can dead reckon it just by throwing out the first cuts.

It's also really the only dangerous thing in there other than the ethanol, fusels taste like ass but won't kill you because they're trace compounds.