Moonshining is the stuff of legends – from NASCAR greats to the Dukes of Hazzard, from Elliot Ness and Al Capone to bathtub gin and homebrew, stories of Grandpa’s backyard still are still told today. While the truth is often unknown, the stories of moonshine have some kernels of truth at their heart. Though we think of it often in connection with Depression Era Cheep Liqour” the truth is that modern moonshine is experiencing a renaissance – more and more people are interested and experimenting today, and retailers know it.
Let’s take a quick over view of moon shining. Prohibition, took place in the US in the year 1920 to 1933. A underground industry originated in the south. Moon shining ...view middle of the document...
Most small home distillers will go buy a small still which runs about $500. These are legal to purchase and own because they serve legal purposes. Such as making distilled and purified water, also making some oils for perfumes. to make shine first you need the mash, or your alcohol base. Heat that until alcohol vapors collect in the cap, then are pushed threw the worm and cooled back don and condensed into liquid alcohol. This can take about three hours.
Moonshine has lots of different names, mountain dew, sour mash, fire water, and white lightning but the most common name came from how it is made, the distillers made it at night under the light of the moon to keep away from the prying eyes of the law. Hence moonshine. The darkness hid the moonshiners from everyday people, landowners, and the law. Plus there are fewer people out late at night so you have less chance of being spotted. Present day moonshiners have the option of using different heat sources for their stills. The most common heat source these days is propane. However in the earlier days of moonshine wood was used to kindle the fire to heat up the still. This became a red flag for anyone looking for moonshiners. Its very hard to spot the smoke from a still in the dark of the night. Propane is used today because it burns hotter and cleaner and is relatively easier than a wood fire.
The making of moonshine is a process that has been used since before prohibition, However during prohibition is when moon shining became so popular. After the government put a ban on the making, selling and distributing alcoholic beverages the Americans still needed a way to get there fix. This is when moonshiners’ popularity spiked. The demand for liquor was so high that the money that could be made by becoming a moonshiner was sometimes double the weekly pay check of the shiners day job. Many people began to run shine. More and more people began to make moonshine to earn some extra cash on the side. From outlaws to small business owners moonshine seemed to run deep in the south. They started in the backwoods of the south and some backwoods brews made it across the country after middle men and bootleggers took their share. Moonshine has had a wild past.
The new modern moonshiners may seem very far from the old backwoods outlaws but they both are part of the anti government rebellion known as the moonshiners. In the earlier years around the birth of our nation making moonshine has played an important role in the economy of our nation. From small town locals to Al Capone, moonshine has brought in lots of cash throughout the united states. The government knew about this money maker so like most things they put a tax on liquor in 1791. This caused a big rebellion known as the “whiskey rebellion” it got so out of control that it had to be shut down by the national guard. A WILD PAST
Since moonshine is homemade there is not one recipe every shiner follows. Through my research I have found that...