Anyone ever seen one of these working up in the hills? I've seen plenty = of busted up ones in years past but none in many years. Never saw one = working -- probably a good thing too or I probably wouldn't be here now. = LOL! Some of them are pretty ingenious.
My father's best friend made shine. Never saw his still but still have a bottle of his product. And he's been dead 20 years so the revenooers can't do much to him.
Now that was a man. Skinny little black guy. Laid track for the Seaboard Coast Line. Could drive a finishing nail with one tap of a 20 pound hammer and never leave a mark, or split wood with two of 'em, one in each hand. Never saw him lose his temper and I really wouldn't want to. Raised his own hogs, made his own sausage and his own liquor, grew his own food, put 12 kids through college and died a wealthy man.
I have not, but seems like interesting subject. I wonder what they did with the mash, after cooking. Feed it to the livestock, maybe? Waste not, want not.
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Anyone ever seen one of these working up in the hills? I've seen plenty of busted up ones in years past but none in many years. Never saw one working -- probably a good thing too or I probably wouldn't be here now. LOL! Some of them are pretty ingenious.
Gunner Asch on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:01:24 -0700 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:
busted up ones in years past but none in many years. Never saw one working -- probably a good thing too or I probably wouldn't be here now. LOL! Some of them are pretty ingenious.
Minds me of the story, I think by Andy Griffith, of the moonshiner who got sent to prison, and there he learned to coppersmith trade. After he got out, well, it wasn't long before he was back. But everybody, cops, DA, jury - all agreed it was the finest example of a copper still they'd ever seen.
They have water cooled condensers, some have other holes in the boiler so you can add while in process, seems you could keep them going almost continuous for batches for larger batches. My interest is trying to make nitric acid from sulfuric acid and potassium nitrate, but it should work for alcohol if you put in a liquid containing alcohol.
My dad used to have a woodcraft shop in Kentucky, there was a guy there that had moonshine for sale that his family makes, would have been interesting to see the operation.
I don't know how to make the mash, never looked it up, but I don't think I'd have any problem extracting the alcohol using a still, I looked up some info on the process when gas was high and corn was cheap. There are columns for the lab stills that let you get out something like 96% alcohol from the still then you can take out the remaining water using a molecular sieve, it absorbs water out of alcohol and can be dried out and reused.
Those are "Reflux Stills". A good friend made one from stainless and built a control system for it. Temperature controlled. From what he tells me the technique, using a reflux still, is to make 98%(I believe) grain alcohol and then cut it and flavor it rather then make actual whiskey which is usually made in a pot still which is a far less efficient. Cheers, John B.