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    Hipsters into Moonshine

    Artisan moonshine. Highly illegal however because the government needs the taxes.

    Under the backdrop of the recession and the increasing popularity of local or artisan products, moonshine — illegal liquor distilling — operations are popping up all over the United States, BBC reports.

    Making and selling moonshine, which gained popularity during Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s, is outlawed because it doesn’t adhere to strict industry regulations and cannot be taxed. But that hasn’t stopped young people, especially “hipster kids and foodie enthusiasts” from trying to become illegal brewmasters, one author claims:

    “There’s been a huge increase in the number of people making moonshine,” says Max Watman, whose book, Chasing the White Dog, chronicles moonshine’s colourful history. He says that in recent years, the image of moonshine “has changed dramatically … The stigma has gone. It’s become cool.”

    Today’s moonshiners are a diverse bunch. They include home distillers, high-end “mixologists,” small businesses making cheap liquor to sell locally and bigger operations which sell across state lines.Though most prosecutions continue to be in the south, many of today’s new moonshiners are hipster kids, foodie enthusiasts and hobbyists on America’s coasts, making booze in their kitchens and bathrooms
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    Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07...#ixzz0uAg1Y7ZR

    #2
    Bluh-that shi*'s nasty! I'll refrain no matter how broke I am or super hip it becomes.

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      #3
      http://www.virginiamoonshine.com/

      as far as i know, it's the only legal moonshine around at 100 proof.
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        #4
        Everclear is I think 190 proof - 95% alcohol. We drank it in Montana in high school. I'm not sure how many other states it is legal in.
        Originally posted by cali View Post
        http://www.virginiamoonshine.com/

        as far as i know, it's the only legal moonshine around at 100 proof.
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          #5
          It's not just hipsters. It could be a recession trend. I have been kinda wanting to try distilling just to see if I can. Being an engineer and all I get curious about stuff like that.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Them Bones View Post
            It's not just hipsters. It could be a recession trend. I have been kinda wanting to try distilling just to see if I can. Being an engineer and all I get curious about stuff like that.
            If you find the key to making it taste like Grand Marnier, the CareCure party is at my place.

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              #7
              http://mbrdistillery.com/default.aspx
              This place has really really good strawberry shine...
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                #8
                I heard something a little while back about it being legal to run your own distillery for purposes of making alternative fuels. I guess it's all in what you call it or what tank you pour it into. I believe that was a federal exception and individual states may have other restrictions.

                Good to know that not ALL the old skills are being abandoned.

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                  #9
                  ohhh i love good bootleg liquor. anything bootleg really. but as far as tasting like gran marnier, look for a corn shine called char. it is brown/amber in colour. as i was told by the maker, it has to do with the firing and a filtration process. not quite as sweet, but has all of the flavour of an artisan whiskey(if made properly) with a hell of a lot more kick. which is probably a plus if you limit fluid intake. but anything that tastes of lead, or any metal really, should be avoided. if it tastes poisonous, it probably is. by the way, how many other heads are there out there? i figure you would all look at this thread.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by quad79 View Post
                    Bluh-that shi*'s nasty! I'll refrain no matter how broke I am or super hip it becomes.
                    Shut yo mouth girl! You are right in the heart of some of the best moonshine ever made! Franklin County, Virginia!

                    So many people these days are making inferior 'shine, adding a pint of peach schnapps to a gallon for flavoring and selling it as true peach 'shine. No where close. There are still good sources around to some awesome shine.
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                      #11
                      yeah lead=blindness. i saw a thing on the history channel about it. the bootleggers will sometimes you a lead based sauder to make their equipment because it's cheaper. then that lead leaches into the moonshine.
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                        #12
                        Serious Moonshiners have Facebook pages.

                        http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...gid=2214770424
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DeadEye View Post
                          Shut yo mouth girl! You are right in the heart of some of the best moonshine ever made! Franklin County, Virginia!

                          So many people these days are making inferior 'shine, adding a pint of peach schnapps to a gallon for flavoring and selling it as true peach 'shine. No where close. There are still good sources around to some awesome shine.
                          So there still are old-school moonshiners still out there! There used to be a moonshine culture in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. It was a dry province for over a century so naturally the locals adjusted.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Susqu View Post
                            I heard something a little while back about it being legal to run your own distillery for purposes of making alternative fuels. I guess it's all in what you call it or what tank you pour it into. I believe that was a federal exception and individual states may have other restrictions.

                            Good to know that not ALL the old skills are being abandoned.
                            I'm surprised they didn't put the kibosh on the alternative fuel angle. They are losing taxes that would normally be imposed on the fuel. Perhaps fuel taxes aren't as high south of the 49th.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Van Quad View Post
                              So there still are old-school moonshiners still out there! There used to be a moonshine culture in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. It was a dry province for over a century so naturally the locals adjusted.
                              Absolutely. Maybe not on the scale it was years ago, but it is readily available IF you know the right people.
                              "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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