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Old 06-06-2007, 08:32 PM   #1
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Visiting in Oklahoma, and had a chance to tour a "factory" where one of my high school buddies makes moonshine. Brewing techniques are similar but carried a step further, distillation. Doesn't have to worry too much about getting odd tastes and flavoring, just get those little yeasties making some alcohol, works it about two weeks, then transfers it to a still to boil off and capture the straight stuff. Re-uses the yeast bed up to seven times.

Makes a powerful drink straight up. He also takes some of it, dilutes it by half, adds come cinnamon oil extract and markets it as a "ladies whiskey", only about 90 proof.

Very interesting.

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Old 06-06-2007, 08:47 PM   #2
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I'm glad you still have enough vision to see the computer screen! Homemade still I imagine? Or was it one of those "water distillers" they sell on BYO mag?
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:28 PM   #3
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Well I know some shine can be bad but the best I have ever tasted came from Prince Edward Island, canada. Real smooth.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:49 PM   #4
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Visiting in Oklahoma, and had a chance to tour a "factory" where one of my high school buddies makes moonshine. Brewing techniques are similar but carried a step further, distillation. Doesn't have to worry too much about getting odd tastes and flavoring, just get those little yeasties making some alcohol, works it about two weeks, then transfers it to a still to boil off and capture the straight stuff. Re-uses the yeast bed up to seven times.

Makes a powerful drink straight up. He also takes some of it, dilutes it by half, adds come cinnamon oil extract and markets it as a "ladies whiskey", only about 90 proof.

Very interesting.

Rick
What part of Oklahoma? Southeast? McCurtain Co.?
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:00 PM   #5
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I'm glad you still have enough vision to see the computer screen! Homemade still I imagine? Or was it one of those "water distillers" they sell on BYO mag?
with the proper procedures home distilling is about as safe as home brewing . . . just a bit less legal
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:01 PM   #6
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What part of Oklahoma? Southeast? McCurtain Co.?
The woods behind his shack, near the old copper bathtub outside of the outhouse.

 
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:27 PM   #7
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My grandpa used to make his living moonshining in W. Arkansas and E Oklahoma. Before he died I asked him to show me how. He did (no stillwas available. Oral history and diagrams). It was fun, especially the storys about runnin' from the law.

I would make it but I can't stomach store bought whiskey, let alone lightnin'.

 
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:30 AM   #8
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I'd be more worried about the long hot showers with Big Bubba after I got caught for moonshining. In the long run, buying liquor is better!
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:11 AM   #9
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I'd be more worried about the long hot showers with Big Bubba after I got caught for moonshining. In the long run, buying liquor is better!
I seriously doubt you would go to jail for making a little 2 or 3 quart batch. I've had plenty of friends build a small still and make a few mason jars of moonshine, including myself about 6 years ago, right before I started college. A fine? A ticket? Maybe, but the cops aren't out looking for the guy making a small amount of shine in his kitchen, they're looking for the guys with guns, out in the woods making barrels of the stuff and trying to sell it.

 
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Old 06-08-2007, 11:31 PM   #10
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Hey God Emporer, I was up in northeastern Oklahoma, between Tulsa and Bartlesville. It was a fairly decent set up, although I did see it at night, with only a flashlight. He says you don't have to be quite so careful with the fermentation steps, and the off flavors we home brewers work to avoid, because he is gonna distill it anyway. He has been on task for 15 years or so, and he seems to still have decent eyesight, so I guess he was doing something right. And, like I said, it was a pretty tasty product.

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