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Topic: OT Wooden Barrels? (2 msgs / 60 lines)
1) From: Steven Dover
You might have made something alcoholic, but NOT real homemade liquor. To
start, 2+ gallons {a case} wouldn't be enough to get going. I once knew a
fellow who claimed to have made a batch from corn meal. I seen and tried
it. It was a poor excuse for anything called alcohol. The smallest pot I've
seen that made *real* whiskey held around 50+ gallons and ran off about 5
or 6 gallons depending on technique/how much steam was lost prior to
getting to the right temp etc etc etc. This was said to be a "one-sack"
pot, meaning that it used 60 lbs of sugar. Ftr, sugar used to come with six
- 10 lb bags wrapped in a brown paper. The moonshiners of yesteryear many
times used a 10 or even a 20 sack pot {600 or 1200 lbs of sugar,
respectfully}. 
Lets be truthful...the odds of anyone making really good whiskey {or even
reasonably good} on their first try is not very good at all. There are very
few alive today who still make homemade liquor. For one thing, it IS hard
work. I.e., it ain't easy. For corn, the seed must be sprouted, chopped at
the right time and fermented to make the beer - which is cooked at just the
right time. You're legal up until you light a fire under it... Then again,
I would prefer wheat over corn. A friend once put some in his cup of
coffee. It was a bit overwhelming imo. - Steven D
Moonshine/homemade whiskey is very much a part of US history. Both George
Washington and John Hancock were moonshiners. I shouldn't have got started
on this subject... Truth is that in years past my Father, my Uncles, and
both of my Grandfathers all at one time or another made homemade whiskey. I
have pictures of the last pots to operate on my family land roughly 50+
years ago. Moonshine money kept many a family alive during the depression.
I am told my people made good clean whiskey, so the way I see it, I have
nothing to be embarrassed about.   
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2) From: John Brown
it was a very small still and the man who owned had been making booze 
from cases of beer for a goodly amount of time.  it was a pot still with 
a tower.  on the tower was a temp gauge and to outlet to the coil  sense 
this was on a boat the injection water was sea water.   the booze was a 
bit raw when i tasted it but a few weeks later after aging  some and the 
proof brought down to about 80 was not at all bad.  it made a very good 
mix..  i remember the grape jack my father would buy in Arkansas  the 
proof was about 140,  he would bring it home in a gallon glass jar.  now 
that made some very good mixed drinks.  it was in the late '50s do i 
should have been a teenager.
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