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Old 03-13-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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You made several good points - especially the "refining" of the alcohol. I'd be drinking a lot of booze to gain experience...

My liver would e junk in no time.

I'm more of a vodka drinker, and read a few recipes; though I guess beer/wine making would be a better alternative.
Learning to brew beer is an important step in learning to distill scotch.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Boston MA
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I suppose if you used an old gasoline tank as a still you might do some harm or some other prior use of the equipment with poisonous chemicals, but there is no way that distilled spirits can harm you in any way, other than that the consumption of alcohol is always a bad idea. fear mongering about home distilled spirits comes from the situation of people using acohol they bought and added to the spirits but which was not for human consumption. Its really no problem. You may not want to drink what you make after you taste it, but unless you contaminate it as I point out, it is completely safe.

First, you make a mash or a mixture that will ferment. It will get to about 12% alcohol. then you distill it by heating to the point where the alcohol boils off but the water, and other chemicals do not. All you will get is alcohol and the combination of the alcohol and the heat will kill anything that might harm you. Most people use a copper tube coiled in a large wash tub to cool the alcohol vapor, but I suggest that you just buy a glass distillation column and run cold water through it.

I had a girlfriend who's father made it and it was not bad for all I knew at the time, but I tried making it a decade or so later and it was pretty bad tasting. I could ignite it though and so it probably about 70% alcohol.

The recipe is a pound of white sugar, a gallon of water and a yeast cake. Put a air tube from the top of your jug under water to prevent contamination. It will bubble as CO2 is released in the fermentation process. When it stops bubbling, you are ready to distill.

I assume that you are located in Haiti.
Great post - thanks!

In my research I came across similar info as you just posted.

Much of the "poisoning" stories you hear about are twisted truths. They became a sort of urban legend.

A lot of the "poisonings", were due to stills being contaminated to begin with, the use of automotive radiators -- which leeched lead; attempting to extract ethanol out of "denatured" alcohol; denatured meaning the goverment added poisons (methanol, etc.) to make the alcohol inconsumable. People went blind from optic nerve damage due to the methanol, death, etc.

Yup - I'm the whitest, blue eyed person in Haiti! Hahaha
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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I had a taste of moonshine a loooong time ago once at a barn party when in college, didn't know it was illegal, just an innocent foreigner then & didn't know it is called moonshine even... served in a beer bottle.
I also love the "moonshiners" series...

But to want to brew that stuff... nah.
I try other things like beer & wine, then absinthe first.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Reminds me of a time when my kids were in high school. Moonshine became a topic of discussion. So the mother in me comes out and shows them how to ferment Kool-Aid. Then the chemist in me explained to them how they could make 'Shine out of Kool-Aid. (Somehow the charm of being a bad boy with kool-aid got old quickly)

The when the oldest was in college, he went to a wine tasting party. Imagine, if you will, the reception he got when he remarked that the favorite wine of the evening wasn't as tasty as some his mom made from Kool-Aid.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Boston MA
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Reminds me of a time when my kids were in high school. Moonshine became a topic of discussion. So the mother in me comes out and shows them how to ferment Kool-Aid. Then the chemist in me explained to them how they could make 'Shine out of Kool-Aid. (Somehow the charm of being a bad boy with kool-aid got old quickly)

The when the oldest was in college, he went to a wine tasting party. Imagine, if you will, the reception he got when he remarked that the favorite wine of the evening wasn't as tasty as some his mom made from Kool-Aid.
That's sounds interesting. Did you substitute Kool-Aid powder for the sugar?
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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That's sounds interesting. Did you substitute Kool-Aid powder for the sugar?
Nope. made the Kool-Aid as usual with maybe a little extra sugar and added a package of yeast. Then let it sit for a couple of weeks.


as long as the mix sends up bubbles, it's "working" (making CO2 and alcohol)

There was a fad at my church. The ladies would dump a bunch of canned and fresh fruit into a big crock, add yeast, and in a couple of weeks, serve over cake, ice cream or just eat it! I can't remember what we called it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Boston MA
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Nope. made the Kool-Aid as usual with maybe a little extra sugar and added a package of yeast. Then let it sit for a couple of weeks.


as long as the mix sends up bubbles, it's "working" (making CO2 and alcohol)

There was a fad at my church. The ladies would dump a bunch of canned and fresh fruit into a big crock, add yeast, and in a couple of weeks, serve over cake, ice cream or just eat it! I can't remember what we called it.
Wow - cool! Interesting idea; thanks!
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