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5 years ago #1
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How do you tell the alcohol content of moonshine?

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5 years ago #2
DGreene
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Of moonshine? Watch the clock, see how long it takes you to fall over..

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5 years ago #3
Winemaker123
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Here's a bootlegger method. The Shake Test. It won't tell you the exact percentage, but with experience you will be able to compare batches. The viscosity of moonshine is related to the alcohol content, and alcohol also has a lower specific gravity than say pure water, or sugar water (like grape juice).

Shake a half-full jar of moonshine vigorously to make it foam up. If the foam bubbles last a long time, there's less alcohol (the higher specific gravity and viscosity means the air bubbles take longer to settle out, the mixture might be "syrupy". If the bubbles last a short time, it has higher alcohol content. If the bubbles come out very rapidly, you have high alcohol content.

Source: I saw this on a documentary about moonshining, demonstrated by the bootlegger, and the mechanics were explained by the narrator.
Reliability: ???

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3 years ago #4
comeandgetem
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Buy a hydrometer. that's what we use. Very reliable. Shake method works with experience.

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3 years ago #5
top dog
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ty your answered my question

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2 years ago #6
becky
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i did buy a hydrometer but it says its for beer and wine. did i buy the wrong one???

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2 years ago #7
bob1
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becky I think there is also what they call a distillers hydrometer. The one we use is calibrated for sugar not alcohol.

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2 years ago #8
Becky
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Thanks!!!!!

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2 years ago #9
trevor
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Yes. A hydrometer that measures alcohol is not the same as the one used by winemakers.

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2 years ago #10
redneck
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Moonshine is usually just pure alcohol, that's what real moonshine is, people'll tell you that it's homemade beer or somethin' like that, but it's pretty much homemade alcohol, I don't advise you taste, I ain't tasted it before, but I bet it tastes bad, it'd burn pretty bad I bet, and it'd make ya go , then you'd sleep for a day... Yeah, it's bad stuff, one sip'd kill ya if ya ain't ever had any alcoholic beverage, don't try it... It'll do stuff to your mind if you survive, trust me, it's probably worse than drinking a full glass of whiskey and tasting every, single, drink, and whiskey burns pretty good too, so, don't try it...

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2 years ago #11
Bader
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This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard(I'm not usually mean, but it really erks me when people start spouting off about my beloved moonshine with NO facts). Moonshine is usually distilled between 40%-60%, if you have a reflux still you can get to about 90%-95%. It will not "do stuff to your mind if you survive" and it won't kill you unless the person making it screwed something up REALLY bad. Bad rumors about making you go blind and dieing came out of prohibition when people were looking to make a quick buck and cutting their alcohol with nasty stuff. As long as the foreshot that has the methenol has been thrown out you have nothing to worry about. Most distilleries don't even throw out that portion. 99% of the time Moonshine isn't "Pure" alcohol, not even close. BTW just by distillation the highest you can possibly get is around 96%. If you drink 190 proof alcohol, thats equal to two shots instead of one. It's safe to drink, it just burns like hell and is a double dose.

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2 years ago #12
bob1
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here here. But really the moonshine that you drink is usually proofed" water added to bring the ABV down to about 100". So I did notice on the series Moonshiners that their hydrometer looked twice the size of the one we use to measure sugar content. Makes since that it needs to be more buoyant in alcohol and water.

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2 years ago #13
DGreene
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My test for content goes something like this.

= REALLY FREAKING STRONG

= Pretty FREAKING STRONG

= Pretty Strong

= Yer my besh fren

= Heigh heigh heigh heigh heigh.. yur ppretty baybe come sit in mah lahp and kisch me

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2 years ago #14
the real redneck
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Ok so this is a real redneck tha bubble trick takes awhile to perfect if i shake a jar of shine next to water its about the same do yourself a favor an spend the 12 bucks buy the tool the first shot will NOT kill u nor make u blind however it will make u feel like !?!? Throw it out its not worth it... make your first run if u have a home made still it will come back 125 to 130 if youd like it hire run it again expect less shine but higher content if u run it 3 times you will b at 180 to 190 the higher it is the rougher the burn know what u like an stick with it my fav is to run it 2 times at about 150 to 160 mix half an half with warm apple juice throw in 2 sticks of cinnamon an a couple apple slices let it sit for about 3 or 4 days throw it in the freezer for a few hrs an enjoy yourself if your not a fan of the corn after taste 1 pound sugar to 2 1/8 yeast per gallon usually comes back 160 1 st run..... .amazing.....if u have the oper go to mile high distillery. Com an order the mighty mini youll love it
Till next time
THE REALREDNECK
HAPPY DISTILLING

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2 years ago #15
redneck
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Um, ain't you ever seen moonshine been made? It's made from corn, all the corn stuff's distiller from it, then all that's left is usually mostly alcohol, what you're talking about, is whiskey my good sir, I'm talking about the clear liquid, that's pure homemade alcohol, also there's sometimes corn oil left, by that's it, unless you saw different made, I saw pure moonshine made, not sure what you saw (if you even saw it...)

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2 years ago #16
hillbilly
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You ain't no redneck and you don't know what you're talkin bout. Go away

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2 years ago #17
Jrich37055
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Yes wrong kind, you need a spirit hydrometer.

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2 years ago #18
tryin to carry on the ...
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well I aint popcorn er nuthin but im pullin a third a quart per gallon first run n no bubbles will stand to look at to get a rough proof estimate 15 foot quarter inch worm in brass cooler tank tappin a 2 gal pot makein 2 shots x 5 mins how much of that initial blow should I dump n start keepin ???

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2 years ago #19
Andrew
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Proof & Tralles scale for spirits== ebay about 10$. That measures your higher spirited alcohols. The other one will measure alcohol in your mash before you distill it.-- not necessary in my opinion. The amount of alcohol depends mostly on the material your starting with and if you run it 2-3 times. I got 4 setups, trust me on this. When you get above 150ish proof it no longer has an enjoyable taste(for me any way) for a rookie-i suggest google search "turbo air still" and buy it for 2$ and about as big as MR Coffee, and judging by the reviews just as easy

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2 years ago #20
redneck
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Dear 'hillbilly',

Right... Whatever, I really don't give a **** what you think, cause this is my life, not your's... So, I don't have to pay a glance at your message thingys, for one, you ain't a hillbilly, you don't what your talking bout, my family back in the day made it the way I explained, y'all might use yuppie modern ****, but my family used traditional recipes, we don't do it no more, but our traditions, are what I explained, okay? So shut the hell up, cause you don't know my family? Ya hear?

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2 years ago #21
giana raymondo
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cool so the less time the bubbles show up the better the buzz..............kiiiiick az!!
thanks guess i should have known did not thinnk of it like that lol humans, perception and the earth!!
much love and peace
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2 years ago #22
MOONSHINE MAN
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Redneck, blow it out your *%#. Got questions? Ask me.

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2 years ago #23
redneck
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To MOONSHINE MAN,

Shut the hell up, you didn't even give any information, I'm just sayin bout my family's methods and such, no need to be an ****, good night...

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2 years ago #24
dont mind me, just shine
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Calm down... redneck just be quiet you talk too much to sound smart, my bubbles go away after about 5-6 seconds is that slow or fast? I mean its apple cider moon shine and its pretty good, but it sells... my favorite is pure cane/corn but my bubbles hold strong for a few seconds but when they start to dissipate they go fast

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2 years ago #25
dont mind me, just shine
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Calm down... redneck just be quiet you talk too much to sound smart, my bubbles go away after about 5-6 seconds is that slow or fast? I mean its apple cider moon shine and its pretty good, but it sells... my favorite is pure cane/corn but my bubbles hold strong for a few seconds but when they start to dissipate they go fast

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2 years ago #26
pineapple mash
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Redneck does seem to know what he is saying along with the bubles when proofing down your stuff u can use what I call the fire test it will burn as long as it is above 50% abv why is every one online such **** wholes

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2 years ago #27
pineapple mash
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I ment he does not

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2 years ago #28
redneck
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Well, since y'all don't know what we did (which I can't seem to understand...), good bye, and good riddance!

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2 years ago #29
DapperDan
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A great response, good to see other educated distillers here putting FACTS straight!! I hate rubbish write ups as well.

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2 years ago #30
DapperDan
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Hey Redneck, you sound like your the real deal, I was wondering if you would part with some knowledge on the real recipe for corn mash for whiskey, I am having a hell of a time trying to get this right and a big mess at the end...

I think my main problem is I am not converting the corn starch into sugars, and when I add sugar to the mix, I think I might be adding too much, because the yeast dies before it converts ALL sugars in the wash... and so I am left with sugar still in the wash.

And when it goes into the still it is bad because it tends to burn..


Thanks mate.


David.

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