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Flair Chops
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anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


i've been watching moonshiners and want to start brewing my own, not to distribute, but for my consumption.

any idea how much dinero it would take to get started?







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tenfoe
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


I'm listening.





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34venture
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


A buddy of mine made a still out of an old keg. It worked pretty well. However, we never were patient enough to let the whiskey age, so we just made vodka and drank it instead.





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Choirboy
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


Be very careful if you decide to try. At worst it can kill you and blindness is another option.





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you can do a cheap setup very easily. Are you just wanting your own distilled strong stuff? we used to do it back in college, called it liquid retard

You can just buy some sugar and mix with water, then add the yeast mixed with your favorite fruit juice. Ive used apple juice, then let it ferment

as for a stil, We made it out of copper tubing and pipe fited to our sink, then retro fited an old pressure cooker to the copper tubing






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SthGADawg
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


you need to chat with medic...he is a Dawg poster on the Georgia board....i cannot confirm nor deny that he makes shine...





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34venture
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


This is it. The white PVC has copper coiled up inside to cool it and the clear hose on the side is where the water is pumped in in order to keep the coils cool. Pretty cheap and worked well.










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Vlad
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


Not sure how to make it but we keep a few quarts in the freezer at duck camp, just in case anyone gets a caugh!





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Flair Chops
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


thanks for the advice everyone. keep it coming
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you need to chat with medic...he is a Dawg poster on the Georgia board...
this is another reason i should be allowed to post on the UGA board. yall are over there talking about trapping coons and shite and i want to weigh in






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CoastieGM
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


Tin cup of fruit cocktail juice sittin' on an engine manifold with a pinch of yeast...oops, sorry, that's grog.

The biggest cost is the boiler. I've seen them made out of beer kegs. Then it's water grade copper tubing, some fittings and/or a $20 solder kit with non-lead solder. I'm sure there are plenty of videos these days on YouTube.

I also once saw some scientists brewing a small batch with glass chemistry equipment and a Bunsen burner (basically and boiler and a condenser).

Or be willing the fork out the dough and get a kit from hillbillystills.com or other similar supplier.

Or have a buddy who can weld stainless steel and a fist full of $$$ to buy stainless steel.






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Flair Chops
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


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Are you just wanting your own distilled strong stuff?
basically, my great grandpa was a shiner. most of his offspring are/were completely opposed to firewater. i'm just trying to get in touch with my roots. and i like doing shite myself if i can.
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we used to do it back in college, called it liquid retard
this sounds like what i'm looking for






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wiltznucs
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I knew a few folks that dabbled with in NC and GA. All I remember is to never, ever drink the first few ounces that come off of the still because its a different type of alcohol which can blind or kill you.


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Flair Chops
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All I remember is to never, ever drink the first few ounces that come off of the still because its a different type of alcohol which can blind or kill you.
that is a good piece of information to have






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SmackoverHawg
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I built a small working still for my 7th grade GT project. Got an A and almost expelled. Didn't know it was illegal. It worked. I made a batch with a mash recipe some old timer gave me. They made me destroy it, but they can't destroy KNOWLEDGE!





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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


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basically, my great grandpa was a shiner. most of his offspring are/were completely opposed to firewater. i'm just trying to get in touch with my roots. and i like doing shite myself if i can.


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this sounds like what i'm looking for


Here is how we did it.

Boil water and disolve as much sugar as it can hold into it

Fruit juice of your choice, make sure its natural, warm it up and mix in yeast

Let the sugar water cool, then mix in yeast and place into a sealed container that can take a little pressure. Then the hard part, let it sit for a few weeks to a month(I think we used to wait about 4-5 weeks, as I recall)

Last step is to boil off the alcohol, you need something to be able to cook it in and capture all the vapor, like the keg picture above. We used a pressure cooker with a hole taped into the top. Run the tubing through water to condense the alcohol and you are done. its not really that hard



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Langston
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


Easiest cheapest set up is a pressure cooker on a hot plate. After a little of that you will want to go to a 60qt crawfish pot... or so Ive been told





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KingRanch
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


Sounds like a good project but I have no knowledge on the matter







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Langston
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All I remember is to never, ever drink the first few ounces that come off of the still because its a different type of alcohol which can blind or kill you.


that is a good piece of information to have


Yes it is. Dont start without reading up and doing your homework. Its as simple as baking a cake. Learn to make your mash, then get the right temps for cooking at each step. Thats it once you build a still and it can be as simple of complex as you want.






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Flair Chops
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


you were an awesome 7th grader, fwiw





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SthGADawg
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re: anyone on here ever have any experience in the manufacturing of moonshine?


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this is another reason i should be allowed to post on the UGA board



request access and i will vouch for you...we aren't pussies over there like some of the other teams fans...






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