MAKING BRANDY, WHISKEY AT HOME.
What ELSE can you carry to market that brings you 100$ a gallon? Twice that if in hand potted JUGS like the one you see here.) Organic Sour Cherries maybe could bring you 20$ a gallon but for them, you need a ten year old tree and a ladder. Here a simple thrift store crockpot is the SECRET OF YOUR PROFITS: YEP! a Two-Dollar Crockpot turned into a Still ( and a piece of 1/4 inch copper tubing and a plastic milk jug.
ANYTHING sweetish can make a MASH (grains, fruit, ) and when you steam extract condensation from a fermented mash, (they call that 'DISTILLING',) you get alcohol. Soak a mouse in it, it's MOUSE FLAVORED! Better idea: Soak some cranberries in it, you have CRANBERRY BRANDY.
There are some ingenious type of still set ups included in this webpage along with seven others is the Two-Dollar "Crock Pot" still. This still consists of parts readily available from your local stores and some that are probably in your kitchen. While this moonshine still won't put you in competition with commercial whiskey producer, you could reasonably expect to run off about a quart a session. Those with an inclination toward distilling will readily see how this one works. If you aren't sure, my book The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible explains it all in plain English. It is illegal to make your own whiskey in the US, or to possess a still without a permit. This is because Uncle Sam derives much money from taxing whiskey producers.
It is not illegal to know how to make whiskey and some countries do allow their citizens to make their own. A lot of Americans have made their own however, not only old time moonshiners and bootleggers, but their modern day counterparts who worked in Mid Eastern oil fields and actually printed underground manuals on how to do it.
In a meld of old and new, you'll learn how a variety of ingenious stills were built, operated and recipes for everything for traditional corn "likker," to bathtub gin. (2 lbs. sugar per gallon of water, bakers yeast and a couple of juniper berries.) You'll also learn the hazards of distilling, which must include getting hammered, making the stuff too strong, ergo poisoning, then there are fires, scalding, explosions, children finding your set up and getting hammered and oh yes, jail.
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