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Old 08-02-2011, 08:38 AM
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Oh yea. Yall wanna fight well i have a moonshine store ten minutes from my house that makes LEGAL MOONSHINE suck on that one. haha
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South Carolina just made moonshine legal too IIRC I believe I heard it on the news last night
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:43 AM
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Hank Williams Jr co owns a store in gatlinburg called Ole Smoky Moonshine. They make and sell moonshine in the store. Ha. I just figured id throw my two cents in on it. Bwahahah. Speakin of moonshine ive got twenty quarts of it in the fridge. MMMMMMMMM
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:48 AM
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Oh yea. Yall wanna fight well i have a moonshine store ten minutes from my house that makes LEGAL MOONSHINE suck on that one. haha
L.O.L, who's fighting my friend. Alot of states are legalizing it for fuel purposes now. It's been legal here in VA for over 10 years now if used for fuel.


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South Carolina just made moonshine legal too IIRC I believe I heard it on the news last night
So they now have joined as well. That just about has wrapped up the entire eastern seaboard now. It's an affordable and reliable fuel substitue over the fossil fuels and everyday gasoline already has a minimum of 10% of ethanol which is the technical term for mooshine. It's the same thing.

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Hank Williams Jr co owns a store in gatlinburg called Ole Smoky Moonshine. They make and sell moonshine in the store. Ha. I just figured id throw my two cents in on it. Bwahahah. Speakin of moonshine ive got twenty quarts of it in the fridge. MMMMMMMMM
Don't gussel it now, L.O.L. I think it's a valuable alternative fuel source. Moonshine is what started NASCAR. Henry Ford's T-bucket also ran off moonshine. That ended when proabition took over and then he went to steam powered engines.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:22 PM
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I already know that man. It's different for each state on the fuel permit. My state is extremely strict on fuel permits and I've already went to the court house to check on some properties to where I can set up a destilling operation. There are a few that caught my eye and would be perfect for what I have in mind. Plus I've talked to a guy that has already went through the entire process from start to finish. They watch you on frequent and regular basis for about 6 months around these parts and then they stop. That's how long they watched him. He hasn't bought fuel since 2004 after he was cleared to make it. He makes all of his own fuel including Biodiesel and has been since 2004. I've already checked my local and federal laws and after I filled the form out online and my background check was cleared, the IRS and ATF called me about it. They were extremely helpful and answered every question I could possibly think of. Here's the best part about the whole deal. Obama authorized rebates towards every gallon of alcohol fuel produced. If I can get what I need mostly for free, then my costs are around $1.25 per gallon of fuel that is rated around 116 octane (pure alcohol with nothing added). That's a price I can live with compared to what that kind of fuel would cost you at a racetrack somewhere. To me so far, the positives far out weigh the negatives in too many different ways to count. I do hate the fact that the feds can search the place I have set up for this purpose at will and that they would watch me though. I am way ahead of you on this one my friend. I've been researching this off and on for over 3 years now.
Greetings knightmare1015:

A local sawmill operator we hauled wood shavings from was busted last year for moonshine possession and a homestill. Methinks all it took was someone with a grudge dropping a dime. This bust pretty much f'ed up his life, and why I interjected.

Needless to say, finding it quite awesome to learn someone was patient enough to jump through the hoops that I would not. Would you kindly answer a few questions?

Are you operating a traditional stillpot with thumper system, and/or one of the modern refractory chamber methods?
What thin wort recipe are you using to achieve $1.25 per gallon?
If a wood fired operation, how do you maintain temperature control?
What type of condenser system do you use?

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Old 08-04-2011, 05:50 AM
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Greetings BCobe:

Thought I'd share some of my homebrewing photographs from 2011 National Homebrewing Day event.


Ye' ol' brewpot.


Kit ingredients.


Adding ingredients to the wort.


Cooled wort in the fermentation chamber before topping off with water and pitching the yeast.


Happy yeast!


Racking from primary...


...into secondary fermentation chamber.


Yeast ready for working second shift.

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:27 AM
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First, step away from mrbeer.

The home brew novice has better success by working with standardized brewing equipment. Homebrew kits normally use 6 gallon recipies. Wort is normally brewed in a 6 gallon stewpot. A 6 gallon glass carboy is the standard wort fermentation chamber.

And it is best to study the art and science of homebrewing through a local homebrew club mentor before investing time and money in equipment. Brewclub members want to help the novice become successful. (They also enjoy drinking good beer.)

Is store bought beer better than homebrew? If all one ever drinks is mouthwash, one eventually ends up prefering the Listerine brand too.

Is store bought beer more expensive? Your mileage may vary.

At this point, it costs much more per bottle just for my choice of home brew ingredients than I might have spent purchasing whatever swill-of-the-day Wallyworld offers as the loss-lead special. Remember GIGO.
I agree with Joseph.

IMHO, don't use any kit where you don't boil the wort (the unfermented beer.) Boiling sanitizes the wort, coagulates unwanted proteins so they settle out (clearer and cleaner beer), drives out some unwanted volatile compounds (better flavor and aroma), and extracts the desired elements from the hops. The Mr. Beer setup only has you boil a little water to dissolve some yeast nutrients. I also don't recommend kits with pre-hopped malt extract (like Mr. Beer.) If you add hops yourself at the appropriate times during the boil, you have much more control over the flavor and aroma of your beer.

I recommend reading this before you start (or buy anything else):

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian

Joseph is correct about the majority of homebrew kits and recipes being 6 gallons. Not knowing this way back when, I started with the following 5-gallon setup, but I used a 5-gallon glass carboy instead of the plastic fermenter, and the set does not include a required boiling pot.

William's Basic Home Brewery

5-Gallon Glass Carboy

This is really just to give you an idea of what kind of equipment you'll need - you could assemble a similar set yourself with a 6-gallon fermenter and priming tank. I've only used the William's 5-gallon kits (so far), so I've never bothered to change. I noticed from Joseph's photos that he's using a secondary fermenter as well, which is necessary for some styles, and probably a good idea in many cases - something I may start doing as well.

If all this seems like a bit much, or if you're not sure you want to go to the trouble, that's where getting in touch with a local homebrew club can help. I already had friends that brewed, so helping them out gave me a good idea what was involved, but if I hadn't, the local homebrew club would've helped me out as well.

Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:11 PM
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Damn thanks for the info. Ill order the book when I get home and read through it. As far as a local home brew club Idk where to go about finding one of those.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:26 PM
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You can ask at your closest home brewing supply store, Google around, or if you go to the American Homebrewers Association's Find a Club page, select USA and California, you can get a listing. A few that appear to be somewhat close to you (disclaimer: these listings may or may not be outdated, and I have no knowledge or familiarity with the character or expertise of these groups or their members, nor am I familiar with the various towns they are associated with):

Backyard Brewers of the V
Vallejo, CA 94591
Phone: (707) 246-0073
Email: jeradthebrewer@comcast.net

Marin Society of Homebrewers
Napa, CA 94558-2275
Phone: (415) 472-3390
Email: riddle@sonic.net

Napa Bung Brewers (BUNG)
Napa, CA
Email: day1240@yahoo.com
groups.yahoo.com/group/BungBrewers/

Solano Bike and Brew Boyz
Benicia, CA 94510
Phone: (707) 747-1337
Email: kjodell10@msn.com

Kettle-2-Keg
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 726-6901
Email: dmorabe@sbcglobal.net

Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
Concord, CA 94518-2530
Phone: (925) 671-4958
Email: brewcrew@clubdoze.com
www.clubdoze.com

I don't know how common it is for these clubs to have dues - I know there are free ones, but depending on the activities and resources that the club maintains, there could be a small yearly fee. You can decide what works best for you.

Cheers!
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Holy fuck man. Your a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this shit
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Holy fuck man. Your a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this shit
Oh, I don't know about that - by the sound of it Joseph up above has done more brewing than I have, and has a bit more sophisticated setup. I just have a little experience, combined with book learnin' and mad Google skillz.

Still, I'm happy to help!
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Nice, I have one of those MrBeer things. I got it for Christmas, have not used it yet. I will probably just use the ones that came in there and then my father in law said he would give me his set-up since he does not use it anymore. then hopefully my friend's brothers can give me a hook up since they sell homebrew supplies. i guess i can give them a free little plug: http://www.brewps.com/
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Nice, I have one of those MrBeer things. I got it for Christmas, have not used it yet. I will probably just use the ones that came in there and then my father in law said he would give me his set-up since he does not use it anymore.
Hey, might as well use it since you already have it - it might at least be an interesting point of reference when you try a more sophisticated setup.

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then hopefully my friend's brothers can give me a hook up since they sell homebrew supplies. i guess i can give them a free little plug: http://www.brewps.com/
Cool! I've been looking to get started brewing again, and I'm not committed to any particular vendor - I'll consider them when I'm looking for stuff!

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Greetings prestidigitizer:

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I recommend reading this before you start (or buy anything else):The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian
Excellent advice. Charlie Papazian's book covers most any subject both the novice or experienced homebrewer might have. Plus, trying the entire collection of recipe styles keeps a homebrewer busy for years.

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I noticed from Joseph's photos that he's using a secondary fermenter as well, which is necessary for some styles, and probably a good idea in many cases - something I may start doing as well.
The secondary fermentation or clarification container process results in nearly zero bottle bottom trub. Our once a week brewing cycle requires just three, 23 liter (six gallon) glass carboys.

When considering the initial brewpot investment, highly recommend selecting the more expensive, stainless steel jacket over aluminum billet commercial stew pot model; wort really appreciates uniform heat distribution.

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Old 08-08-2011, 07:48 AM
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Greetings knightmare1015:

A local sawmill operator we hauled wood shavings from was busted last year for moonshine possession and a homestill. Methinks all it took was someone with a grudge dropping a dime. This bust pretty much f'ed up his life, and why I interjected.

Needless to say, finding it quite awesome to learn someone was patient enough to jump through the hoops that I would not. Would you kindly answer a few questions?

Are you operating a traditional stillpot with thumper system, and/or one of the modern refractory chamber methods?
What thin wort recipe are you using to achieve $1.25 per gallon?
If a wood fired operation, how do you maintain temperature control?
What type of condenser system do you use?

Thanks,
JB
Right now I have been looking at various forms of equipment and haven't brewed anything yet. All I'll be producing is fuel. For fuel purposes I would recomend a Reflux Still instead of the pot still with the thumper keg system. It does the same thing as a pot still and thumper keg system, but requires less equipment. I WON'T be brewing anything until I get all of the permits I need to brew fuel. I need to get 2 more before I can even begin. The guy I talked to that already went through the process, did say that there will be alot waiting involved but not as much for fuel. The state of VA gave him more grief than the feds did. To answer your other question I would recomend you visit thie following website:

http://www.milehidistilling.com/

They make various stainless steel versions and different types of stills and have several methods of controlling the temperature. They use either gas or an electric hot plate. I will be using a running water condenser. I won't be using a Mash. I'll be using a wash instead. To answer your other question, the recipe is nothing more than "discarded sugar water" and yeast. The sugar water you can get for free if you live within a soft drink plant or beverage making facillity that throws away alot of sugar water that didn't quite meet their standards. These companies will gladly let you take this stuff off their hands for free. After all they were planning on throwing it away. Plus the company I listed that produces the stills, also has several different types of yeast, thermometers, and various other forms of equipment that you'll need to produce fuel. You can also make the sugar water yourself if you wanted to, but I'd recomend going to a soft drink manufacturing plant instead.

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I sure wish I can get started making my own fuel now, but I can't until I get the proper permits. Plus I will be covering it up a bit to help protect my equipment and to keep my nosy neighbors away from it which can cause alot of problems for me.
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