Moonshine: Laws, Liquor and Lawmen

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Call it what you want - mountain dew, white lightning or simply moonshine. It doesn't really matter what name you use, but when it comes to where you're buying it and who's making it, well that's a whole different story.

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Him

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The legal stuff sux! Taste like crap! By the way, who uses the word hooch anymore?
huck

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"While the above research is no doubt true, the lead poisoning comes from the still rather than the moonshine. To save money and time, some moonshiners solder their stills with and build them using lead, which alcohol can eat away at which is why it comes out in the finished product. If a still is built correctly (such as with copper or stainless steel and strictly food-grade materials), there is virtually no risk of lead poisoning.
Instead of soldering, use an old quick fix to make the still air tight. Mix flour and water until it forms a paste then apply it to any loose joints. As the still heats up, the flour and water will harden, which can then be easily chipped off after distillation is complete.
Data on moonshine deaths is hard to record, but more often than not, the dangers associated with moonshine are due to carelessness whether it be using lead or simply drinking too much. And I'm sure in some instances, the dangers of moonshine are exaggerated because of its taboo in most parts of American society. If you are responsible and do your research before you jump right into making moonshine, you should have nothing to worry about."
RIP George Jones

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Making moonshine for personal use should be legal just like homebrewing and winemaking. Another way to make it is to freeze your mash and then pull the ice out and only the alcohol is left. Without the fear of lead or methanol poisoning that can happen from the heads when running a still. You will still have to cut it with water and flavoring but it will still knock you on your Arse. SSSSSSHHHHHHHEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!! !!!! WHITE LIGHNING
RIP George Jones

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Eaglescout1984

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Him wrote:
The legal stuff sux! Taste like crap! By the way, who uses the word hooch anymore?
You have to cut the legal stuff with turpentine, like you would an oil-based paint to get the best finish. The illegal guys care more about their customers and do that for you.
BellaRing

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May 1, 2013
 
The word HOOCH is a perfectly acceptable and descriptive word to describe moonshine. You wouldn't happen to know a better word would YOU?
harry

Charlottesville, VA

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May 1, 2013
 
My grandfather used to make applejack by fermenting cider in a barrel in the fall and leaving it out side for a winter freeze. Pull the cork and drain off the alcohol. Not bad.
sez you

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May 1, 2013
 
huck wrote:
"While the above research is no doubt true, the lead poisoning comes from the still rather than the moonshine. To save money and time, some moonshiners solder their stills with and build them using lead, which alcohol can eat away at which is why it comes out in the finished product. If a still is built correctly (such as with copper or stainless steel and strictly food-grade materials), there is virtually no risk of lead poisoning.
Instead of soldering, use an old quick fix to make the still air tight. Mix flour and water until it forms a paste then apply it to any loose joints. As the still heats up, the flour and water will harden, which can then be easily chipped off after distillation is complete.
Data on moonshine deaths is hard to record, but more often than not, the dangers associated with moonshine are due to carelessness whether it be using lead or simply drinking too much. And I'm sure in some instances, the dangers of moonshine are exaggerated because of its taboo in most parts of American society. If you are responsible and do your research before you jump right into making moonshine, you should have nothing to worry about."
I recall reading somewhere that they used car radiators in the process hense the lead.
George S

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May 1, 2013
 
Not enough drunkeness in Charlottesville?
sez you

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May 2, 2013
 
George S wrote:
Not enough drunkeness in Charlottesville?
I wonder if Cville elite went to Foxfield?
Raabit

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May 3, 2013
 
RIP George Jones wrote:
Making moonshine for personal use should be legal just like homebrewing and winemaking. Another way to make it is to freeze your mash and then pull the ice out and only the alcohol is left. Without the fear of lead or methanol poisoning that can happen from the heads when running a still. You will still have to cut it with water and flavoring but it will still knock you on your Arse. SSSSSSHHHHHHHEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!! !!!! WHITE LIGHNING
I have been homebrewing for years now and would love to get into distilling. I have been drooling over the distilling equipment at http://moonshinedistiller.com for some time now... But the legality issue is why I have yet.
Jim2051 Charlottesville

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May 4, 2013
 
The T men G men and Revenue men are not worried about your health. They would rather you drink it and die. Less clients less Shine. The only thing they are worried about are the Taxes they are not getting. Its like taking a Coal Miners job away after you rape the land and say sorry we do not need you anymore. Let these ole country boys survive,because they will one way or another!
JDinVA

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May 5, 2013
 
RIP George Jones wrote:
Making moonshine for personal use should be legal just like homebrewing and winemaking.
But...But...then the government might not profit from someone elses labor! Can't have that, can we?(that was sarcasm, just to be clear).

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