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To those who have made or know how to make moonshine I have a question to you all. The ABC people track gal jugs and suger to find who and where the still is. Why do the makers of shine use surger and not honey. When my father was young there was a man who took his bee hives to orchards and at the end of the year had 6 tons of honey to sell to who ever wanted to buy it. Using honey is untraceable so why not use it instead of suger?
 

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In Kentucky, every child by the time they reach the 8th grade, or 16 years of age, whichever comes first, is taught how to build a fire that gives no smoke and how to carry a 100 pound bag of sugar through the woods without leaving any tracks.

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Hydra,

You could make quite a bit more on the honey than the 'shine! Go to the store and see what a few ounces of honey sells for.

Although the 'shine would be more fun!

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Tracking sugar purchases?<br>
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"My name is Cash. That's how I pay."
 

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Ed, those sacks of cracked corn don't walk over to the mash barrels by themselves either! Double or triple run mash through the still, aged in a charred oak barrel for several years will make you put back things you just thought you took! :) Hap
 

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Watch the Matt Stillwell video "shine". The old mountain man in the movie has done nothing but make the stuff all his life. And he knows how. His name is Jim Tom Hedrick and he is at odds with the movie makers because he was not compensated. He is an interesting character. I see him in the grocery store quite often.
 

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ec90t is dead on. The honey is worth more than the white liquor is now!

Brian in Oregon, we are not talking about 100 pounds or so, to stretch the mash on a decent size still you are talking a couple of thousand pounds of sugar. Even the raghead running the 7-11 might notice a bit more sugar than usual going out the door.

Local shine from NC is pretty good. We have one guy (so I've heard ...) who flavors his product with fruit.

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honey dont really do as good as sugar and it also has an off taste. If you soake the corn for 36 hr it dont take that much sugar [5lb to 10lb corn] that will get about 5gal to run. The yeast is the biggest thing to making good hooch. Also a little barley malt will make for some fine tasting drink. OH one other thing DONT let anyone tell you "THAT IS HOW IN COME OUT OF THE STILL" its BS ricks
 

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honey dont really do as good as sugar and it also has an off taste. If you soake the corn for 36 hr it dont take that much sugar [5lb to 10lb corn] that will get about 5gal to run. The yeast is the biggest thing to making good hooch. Also a little barley malt will make for some fine tasting drink. OH one other thing DONT let anyone tell you "THAT IS HOW IN COME OUT OF THE STILL" its BS ricks
 

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Bob- As you well know, almost all shine is now flavored with fruit. It is less expensive to produce a quart of shine with apples in the bottom than to make a quart without apples. Making shine is more of a tradition than a good way to make money. Another illegal vegetable crop is much more profitable than making spring water.

Brian- Yes, the Feds can track sugar sales. About 4 years ago a small country store in Franklin County VA sold a few candy bars, bread and sugar. The store was the largest Domino Sugar retailer in the US. The owner was prosecuted. His defense was that people in his area did a lot of canning. He gets out in a couple more years and may open his store again.

I will be at the Dixie Grand in a few weeks. It can get very hot in Florida. If someone I know well thinks they might get thirsty at the shoot, send me a PM. I think the quality in Floyd County is superior to Franklin County.

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Bob- As you well know, almost all shine is now flavored with fruit. It is less expensive to produce a quart of shine with apples in the bottom than to make a quart without apples. Making shine is more of a tradition than a good way to make money. Another illegal vegetable crop is much more profitable than making spring water.

Brian- Yes, the Feds can track sugar sales. About 4 years ago a small country store in Franklin County VA sold a few candy bars, bread and sugar. The store was the largest Domino Sugar retailer in the US. The owner was prosecuted. His defense was that people in his area did a lot of canning. He gets out in a couple more years and may open his store again.

I will be at the Dixie Grand in a few weeks. It can get very hot in Florida. If someone I know well thinks they might get thirsty at the shoot, send me a PM. I think the quality in Floyd County is superior to Franklin County.

Pat Ireland
 

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Rocky Mount was definitely the capital of moonshining and may well still be. I have a souvenir jug from one of FCGC's Moonshine Opens where the cork was supposedly dipped in 'shine. Its no problem living in this area and wanting to sample some homemade whiskey.
 

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Rocky Mount was definitely the capital of moonshining and may well still be. I have a souvenir jug from one of FCGC's Moonshine Opens where the cork was supposedly dipped in 'shine. Its no problem living in this area and wanting to sample some homemade whiskey.
 

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All I can say is Golden Pond,Ky is just down the road aways from me. It is located in the LBL now, but years ago there was a steady stream of hopped up cars pouring out of there every night. Most bound for Nashville or Memphis.
 

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All I can say is Golden Pond,Ky is just down the road aways from me. It is located in the LBL now, but years ago there was a steady stream of hopped up cars pouring out of there every night. Most bound for Nashville or Memphis.
 

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Never heard of honey in the process and suspect it would not do weell. Dad used molasses in the old days. My first paying job was gathering 1 gal small neck jugs from the cafe's in town and selling them for .50 each to the bootleggers. I saved enough to buy a Sintnel Hi-Standard 6" pistol with the proceeds. $43 bucks at the local Western Auto. Still have it and it shoots just fine.
 
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