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GUEST,Bobert 26 Nov 04 - 09:59 PM
Neighmond 26 Nov 04 - 10:07 PM
Amos 26 Nov 04 - 10:26 PM
Gypsy 26 Nov 04 - 10:35 PM
GUEST,Bobert 26 Nov 04 - 10:37 PM
Rapparee 26 Nov 04 - 10:38 PM
Coyote Breath 27 Nov 04 - 12:43 AM
GUEST,Russ 27 Nov 04 - 08:27 AM
Dave Hanson 27 Nov 04 - 10:58 AM
Deckman 27 Nov 04 - 11:26 AM
John MacKenzie 27 Nov 04 - 11:37 AM
GUEST,Elfcall 27 Nov 04 - 02:48 PM
wysiwyg 27 Nov 04 - 04:00 PM
dianavan 27 Nov 04 - 04:02 PM
Peace 27 Nov 04 - 04:04 PM
Cluin 27 Nov 04 - 04:33 PM
Deckman 27 Nov 04 - 04:42 PM
Boab 27 Nov 04 - 06:26 PM
Liz the Squeak 27 Nov 04 - 06:47 PM
Peace 27 Nov 04 - 06:49 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 27 Nov 04 - 07:29 PM
frogprince 27 Nov 04 - 08:21 PM
GUEST,Chief Chaos 27 Nov 04 - 08:54 PM
harpgirl 27 Nov 04 - 09:09 PM
Deckman 27 Nov 04 - 10:06 PM
Neighmond 28 Nov 04 - 02:50 AM
BanjoRay 28 Nov 04 - 06:33 PM
Rapparee 28 Nov 04 - 06:49 PM
open mike 28 Nov 04 - 07:50 PM
Deckman 28 Nov 04 - 08:28 PM
SINSULL 28 Nov 04 - 08:44 PM
Bobert 28 Nov 04 - 08:47 PM
Deckman 28 Nov 04 - 09:48 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 28 Nov 04 - 10:04 PM
The Fooles Troupe 29 Nov 04 - 02:48 AM
John MacKenzie 29 Nov 04 - 03:48 AM
JennyO 29 Nov 04 - 11:34 AM

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Subject: BS: Moonshine...
From: GUEST,Bobert
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 09:59 PM

Well, back in the old dayds when I was livin' down in Richmond, I could always find someone who had some decent "shine" so 'bout 20 eyars ago I moves off to Wes Ginny and figgures that the shine would be growin' on trees... Right?...

Well....wrong.

These boys up here in this hooer ain;t interested in nuthin but pot, pot and more pot!

So a couple o' years ago when I was down here in Carolina I mentioned that to one of P-Vine's rrelatives....

And tonight, on the eve of me returning to Wes Ginny, guess what I was presented with????

Yup, a Mason jar of some of the purest shine I ever sampled and sao life is good...

How about my fellow Catters? What's the shine situation in yer neighborhoods?

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Neighmond
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:07 PM

I make all I want and then some.

Chaz


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Amos
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:26 PM

I think there's a helluva market ripe for the awakening in Southern California, Bobert -- people out here have this secret hunger for relevance and genuineness...or somp'n....any how, with a little spin you could make it big out here.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Gypsy
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:35 PM

haven't had any from the kin folk in TN since ...............i don't wanna think that far back. And i remember some stuff from W VA that you could use for airplane fuel!


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: GUEST,Bobert
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:37 PM

Shoot, Amos, it's taken me 20 years to find one danged jug of shine, so obviuosly, we're gonna have a little problem with our supply...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:38 PM

My brother's got my granddaddy's still, which still still works.

That's all I'm gonna say about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 12:43 AM

Here in Missouri, Franklin county to be specific, there was some of the upper ozark's best but, as with pot, OTHER illicit consumables took hold and now the only cooking being done in the hollers between the hog farms is meth. It is a goldurned epidemic. Our county's nick name is Cranklin county. The revenoors are employed elsewhere and I hear that there are a couple of old timers still running some shine but I can't find them.

Last taste I had was back in 1966, down in Stone County Arkansas, supplied by a retired county judge who knew all the old bootleggers. I had heard of a bootlegger on Sand mountain in Georgia when I was teaching in Huntsville, Alabama but I never got the chance to seek him out.

There is a "consignment" store nearby that has a smallish cooker and cooler, all copper for sale. Looks like it might beable to run about a pint at a time. Just enough for home use. Trouble is they want $250 for it and that's just too dear.

There just ain't the money in moonshine these days. Perhaps there will come a "moonshine" craze like the making of home brewed beer. If we could get the yuppies turned on to it...

CB


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 08:27 AM

Bobert,

My WV grandfather occasionally hunted with out-of-staters. He didn't drink moonshine. Wouldn't touch the stuff. Preferred good bourbon.

One of his out-of-state hunting companions was always asking him for moonshine.

Grandpa finally went to the state liquor store, bought a bottle of pure grain alcohol, poured it into a mason jar and gave it to the guy.

The fellow never asked for more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 10:58 AM

Wish I could get some in Halifax [ West Yorkshire ] again.

eric


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Deckman
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 11:26 AM

I was in on a major bust of a moonshiner about 30 years ago. This was in a prominant Seattle suburb. I was "in on" it only because the city cops called me out with the city standby truck to dump it all down the sewer line. I had to warn the sewage lift station workers what was coming down the line.

It was quite sad as I knew the quality of the stuff to be very good. I haven't heard of much activity like that since then. Oh well! CHEERS, Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 11:37 AM

Used to drink good poteen when I went out with the lovely Gillian from Sandymount, can't get it here.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: GUEST,Elfcall
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 02:48 PM

Hi

Usually try to avoid poteen - the smell is enough to put me off. But last month whilst in Cavan I had some of the best, smoothest, tastiest I have ever had.

MMMMM

Elfcall


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:00 PM

Out two boys made home brew till we busted 'em. Cran-raspberry juice concentrate, sugar, and yeast, in quart jars, in their rooms!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: dianavan
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:02 PM

In my younger days (before I was a responsible parent) I owned a share in a still outside of Seattle. We ran all kinds of mash through that thing - even potato. We would run the still according to the phases of the moon. It was clean and clear but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The alcohol content was so high that it made you crazier than crazy. Be careful!

d


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:04 PM

"I was "in on" it only because the city cops called me out with the city standby truck to dump it all down the sewer line."

So, Bob, how long DOES it take to mend a broken heart?


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Cluin
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:33 PM

No shine to speak of around here but plenty of homemade wine, thanks to the large local Italian population. That stuff is pretty potent but has a real loosening effect of the digestive system too, if you're not used to it.

And by "used to it" I mean you have to drink it at every meal like water and be brought up on it from about the age of 2.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Deckman
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:42 PM

Brucie ... I don't know @ the broken heart, but I do know that several folks in CITY HALL lost their jobs over it.

I worked for this "city" in the public works dept. I was the city carpenter. All of us had to pull "standby duty" once every three months. This meant we were always on call and had to have the emergency truck with us at all times.

It turned out that when the "ATF" boys busted this moonshiner, they found his little black book, listing his best customers. Most of them were city officials, strangly enough! The investigation lasted a week and soon after, there were a lot of familiar faces missing from city employment.

But as luck would have it, the city carpenter's position was waaaay down the list of "important" jobs.

Actually, just a week before the bust, I'd been singing songs in the moonshiners living room. (you ought to hear MY version of "The Moonshiner!" CHEERS, Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Boab
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 06:26 PM

Got a friend here on Vancouver Island who does a dandy batch. I look forward to my birthday every year----


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 06:47 PM

Closest we ever get to moonshine is when the cranberry juice in the fridge gets to its drink by date........

Been bloody YEARS since I had a drop of the proper stuff.... sniff.

Brendan Behan used to say that poteen was like swallowing a torchlight procession.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 06:49 PM

Thank you, Bob. Interesting story. The stuff that DOESN'T make the news is lots more fun than the stuff that does. Reminds me of the scene from "The Sting." Fed is checking out a 'house of ill repute' and he tells the madame that he'll be informing the Chief of Police about its existence. The madame replies, "Go tell him right now. He's in the third room down the hall."


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 07:29 PM

I'm not talkin


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: frogprince
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 08:21 PM

I've been offered the real thing, in a mason jar, just once, in 1969 or '70, in Arkansas; I would have tried it, just so I could say I did, but if you had seen the condition of the guy who offered it to me, I don't think you would have trusted the stuff either.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 08:54 PM

My Great Grandfather in western new york used to run his model A on the stuff (when he got tired of imbibing it). When I hear them talking about a top speed of 35 mph I keep thinking yeah right! It's just a good thing that they didn't have speed enforcement back then! Unfortunately the still overpressurized and cracked one day filling the barn and the ditches with rock gut..it found an ignition source down the way and they lost the still and the barn. Fortunately there was little in the way of evidence to prove what they were doing.

My mother almost got ahold of a jug back in '84 in Mississippi from an old farmer. At the last second he got nervous and switched conversation.

As far as weed being grown more than shine being cooked, it's easier to grow the stuff. You don't have to tend it much, you don't have to buy large quantites of yeast or sugar (a dead giveaway), you don't have the sweet smell wafting in the breeze to lead the revenuers to it and you don't have the sound of the boilers going which can be heard from a good distance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: harpgirl
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 09:09 PM

south Georgia has great moonshine! I have a Valdosta connection...


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Deckman
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 10:06 PM

This thread just reminded me of someting that happened when I was in the Army, the second time around. I was a supply sargent in a medical unit. We were   w a a a a y   out in the boonies for a long time. One time an officer, a Captain as I recall, came to me and started requesting the darndest medical supplies: an autoclave, tubings, connectors, bunson burner, empty vials and CC containers.

I figured it out in about an hour, but he keep sneaking around for a week. He'd wake me up in the night and ask me for this and that. Finally I got tired of the whole game and simply told him that he, as a medical officer, could requistion ALL the medicinal alcohol he wanted ... all he had to do was sign his name on the form. I was sitting on 56 pints of "Montana Everclear."

He slunk away, embarressed.

A week later the company commander, a full bird Colonel, got me alone. That was'nt easy to do, as I knew how to avoid trouble in those days. He had heard rumors and was asking me about it. I played deaf and dumb (which I can still do well) and kept wandering away.

Finally he understood that I wasn't going to say anything and he'd be real smart to stop asking questions. After all was said and done, I learned that the captain lost $100 on a bet that he could make moonshine in the field.

I actually liked Captain Smith a lot, but he was nothing but trouble! CHEERS, Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Neighmond
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 02:50 AM

I paid a good portion of college on bootleg hooch.

We had a silo south of the old homeolace and the still was in there, as the smell was expected of a place like that. Drove a sandpoint for water in the base of the thing, had a wooden cradle for the works and was happy as a hog.

Chaz


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: BanjoRay
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 06:33 PM

Well Bobert - As a brit I've only been twice in West Virgina, but sampled some great shine both times. Dont't ask me where, cause like Jean, I ain't sayin'.
Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 06:49 PM

I was drivin' down one of them back-of-beyond West Virginia roads a few years back when the meanest, nastiest lookin' guy I've ever seen jumped in front of my car. I stopped and he got in.

He pulled out a HUGE pistol and pointed it at me and at that the same time pushed jug into my hands and said, "Here. Have a drink."

Well, I pulled out the corn cob that was stopping up the jug and every fly for a hundred yards around fell dead from the sky. Six hogs ran away holding their noses. A buzzard on a gutpile threw up. I took a huge drink.

The sky turned purple and green, the Earth reeled, and someone took a flamethrower to my head, throat, and guts. After about fifteen minutes I could breath again.

The fella in the seat next to me reversed his pistol and handed to me. "Here," he said, "now you make me take a drink."



I have several bottles of poteen, only I bought it legally the last time I was in Ireland. Sigh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: open mike
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 07:50 PM

who says "you don't have the sweet smell wafting in the breeze" with pot? well,I don't know but i have heard that this may not be accurate.

BTW, i thought this was one of those recipe threads....


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Deckman
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 08:28 PM

Hey Rapaire ... I think I met that guy. Was his name "Harry?" Bob.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 08:44 PM

Some moonshine was passed around at the Getaway two years ago but not to the ladies. Have never had a taste. Maybe next year.


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 08:47 PM

That was you, Rap?

Wel, gol danged...

Bobert (no, not "Harry")


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: Deckman
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 09:48 PM

Ya see Mary! That's what you get for being a LADY! Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 10:04 PM

Recipe Threads - are best found on Ex-Pat pages from the Muslem world....aka ARAMCO etc.

Hypothetical Question:

Within the U.S.A - if one were to take already taxed liquor - and run it through a column or pot-still....therby refining the distilled product to a better blend....

Would you be performing an illegal deed? Because the treasury department has already received its' taxes on the original swill.....it seems that a still using original cheap product and turning it high-end .... could be legal and subject to the restrictions/taxes.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 02:48 AM

Found a whole Webring of assorted sited dedicated to home distilling a while ago.... :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 03:48 AM

I once found a neat site advertising stills for sale, I'm pretty sure it was a NZ site.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Moonshine...
From: JennyO
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 11:34 AM

Rapaire, here is your story in poem form. A friend of mine, Rhymin' Simon, recites it.


Trouble Brewing - By Claude Morris.

He came walking through the forest in the summer's glaring sun
In his left hand was a bottle, in the other - a gun.
His beard was wild and bushy and his hair was shaggy too.
And his old stray hat was full of holes where tuffs of hair came through.

I stood and waited for him as he came with steady stride.
And I studied his appearance till he halted by my side.
He wasn't old, nor was he young, but some where in between.
And his heavy eyebrows almost hid his eyes of greyish green.

Then he handed me the bottle, "You must have a drink" he said.
And I heard him cock the rifle he presented at my head.
"Yes, take a swig of my home brew, and you will be the first.
To have a chance of trying my recipe for thirst".

The rifle never wavered, and it pointed straight at me.
And that close-up gaping barrel was a nasty thing to see.
I lifted up the bottle with a very shaky hand,
And a silent prayer to Heaven as I followed his command.

I swallowed twice, and God Above! That brew had come from Hell!
And I heard my head exploding and it drowned my dying yell.
I fell upon the dusty ground and grovelled there in pain.
Vowing he could shoot me but I wouldn't drink again

When the pain and shock receded and I staggered to my feet.
"It was awful! it was awful! " I could hear my voice repeat.
Then I heard the brewer speaking and he said, "Yeah, I agree!
Now give me back the bottle, and you hold the gun on me!"


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