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So what's the best way to store moonshine?

#1 User is offline   Steve! Icon

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 04:30 PM

We were given some gen-u-wine Kentucky moonshine as a wedding gift, and having no prior experience with moonshine, have no idea how we should store it until such time as we decide to drink it.

So does anyone know how we should store it? Should we keep it in a freezer? or is it better warm?

Perhaps G-Spot's resident Kentuckian, Littlehawk, would be the best person to answer, since it did come from him.

But if anyone else has any thoughts about it, it would be much appreciated!
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 04:34 PM

Put that thar moonshahn in a mason jar with a couple of pars in thar with em, fer about two years. And then put em in back of yer truck and drahv slow.
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 05:56 PM

Keep it away from any open flames. Posted Image:)-->
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 06:22 PM

From observation at the wedding, I think that it seems best stored in the stomach. And from closer observation, a women's stomach seemed to be the choice of Hawk.
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 07:55 PM

Storing shine?????????? Posted Image:rolleyes:-->

Must be a yankee............... Posted Image:D-->
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:01 PM

Put it where ever you can easily get to it! (maybe the nightstand?)
Hey look, mister - we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere".
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:11 PM

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Storing shine?????????? Posted Image:rolleyes:-->

Must be a yankee............... Posted Image:D-->


Baaaahahahahahahahahaha.

I'm a Yankee but they knew better than to leave the moonshahn in mah room.
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:26 PM

Well, one person told me to keep it out of direct sunlight
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:27 PM

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Well, one person told me to keep it out of direct sunlight
OK then... the nightstand DRAWER!
Hey look, mister - we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere".
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 09:09 PM

Secretly.


Them revenooers maht be lookin' fer you, son.

If'n I wuz you, I'd keep mah shotgun handy an' Ol'Blue out on the front stoop.



O.K., seriously, it was just too cool for Hawk to give you that for a wedding present! Way to go, Hawk.
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 09:28 PM

I un-dug a wooden crate in our basement with 20 mason jars of shine (Our basement was flooding with every heavy rain, and sand / silt had built-up a layer of 3 feet deep). It appeared to have been from the prohibition era, most of it was still good.

I go through a fifth of 'ever-clear' (it is 190 proof) about every couple weeks, it can be stored pretty much anywhere. When you remove the cap, it has a metal screen fitted onto the bottle as a flame arrester. So even if you were smoking with an open bottle in hand, the fumes might flame-up but the flames can not go inside in bottle.

I would not be concerned about storing shine, tight fitting lid is all you need.

I do have a vino-meter which measures alcohol content from 0 - 20 percent. I have a hydrometer that is specifically made for measuring alcohols from 20 percent to through 100 percent. If you are wondering how strong it is, you can aquire these types of instruments for your own use.

If you understand the 'proofing' system it is easy to tell if your shine is up to 'proof'. Light it. A beverage needs 50% alcohol before it will be flammable. If your shotglass full can be lit, then you know it is at least 50% or 100 proof. Keep in mind depending on what it came from, you may not always see the flame. So light it, and even if you dont see the flame, always test it first by passing your hand over the glass. I have seen men lose their beards from drinking something that was burning, but their did not see the flame. In theory you should not drink too much if it's proof is over 100 (at least unless your used to it). Some people find it dehydrating.

Drinking flaming drinks, can never safely be done with hair-oil in your hair, quickly sneek up on the glass from underneath, tilt your head back so the drink is poured into your mouth and the flames stay away from your eyebrows and facial hair, and exhale until the glass is put down.

I have a good question for you, I was asked last weekend, "why do sailors tend to drink so much"?
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 09:32 PM

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No no no no no no and NO! Posted Image:rolleyes:-->

Jars -- always jars with a screw on cap, so it is sealed. Keep it in the dark and it will mature. (hmmmm -- I'm in the dark about a lot of things, and I haven't matured!) http://www.gscafe.co...con_biggrin.gif:D-->

I have a friend who kept his in jars in his garage under a pile of "junk" so his wife wouldn't find it, and when he "introduced" me to it, it was over 30 years old -- black as coffee, and smoother than water. http://www.gscafe.co.../icon_smile.gif:)--> http://www.gscafe.co.../icon_smile.gif:)--> http://www.gscafe.co.../icon_smile.gif:)-->
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 09:39 PM

And yes -- it is always better warm. You can add it to anything then, but is best "straight up". Posted Image

Freezing it. Posted Image:rolleyes:-->

Now THAT is ALCOHOL ABUSE! Posted Image:D--> Posted Image:D--> Posted Image:D-->
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 09:45 PM

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Storing shine?????????? Posted Image:rolleyes:-->

Must be a yankee............... Posted Image:D-->


Griz -- Nothing wrong with a "little money in the bank". Posted Image:)--> Posted Image Posted Image:)-->

"Liquid Assets" -- don't cha know! Posted Image;)--> Posted Image;)-->
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 10:22 PM

I apologize fer not givin ya directions on storing it Steve!
First off I want to tell ya ya was lucky even gettin' it cause we was havin such a good time at ya weddin' that I did'nt think any of it survived.
But seeing as how you and Chinny survived tha hooneymoon and didn't drink it then I owe you both a special congratulations and may have to see that ya got yer own special bottle for this yr's weenie roast!
Now, what I would recomend for that bottle is this. I'fn memory serves me correct,,,,I put it in a plastic water bottle! I would put it in the frezzer and save it to wash down the top layer of that beautiful wedding cake on ya first anniversary,,,,,and if'n ya don't have plenty of people around to help ya out then,,,,then save the rest for ya fifty year anniversary! Yer Friendly Tour Guide to tha Bourbin Regions of Tha Bluegrass State....Littlehawk!
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 10:28 PM

Galen......I can see you need a trip to the bluegarass,,,,we don't measure proof around here,,, we just look out the window the next morning to see if'n we are in the right house or wether our truck is in the drive!
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 10:35 PM

Steve....it'll keep justfine in the frezzer,,,,it just don't last long around here in the summer,,,cuse it makes a nice evening slushie wif sweet tea!
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 11:35 PM

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Now, what I would recomend for that bottle is this. I'fn memory serves me correct,,,,I put it in a plastic water bottle! I would put it in the frezzer and save it to wash down the top layer of that beautiful wedding cake on ya first anniversary.

As usual -- I am wrong again! Posted Image:(-->

I have to bow to the MASTER on this subject, and let it go at that. I have never heard of it frozen, and still remember the "first time", but if it can be frozen -- so be it!Posted Image:)--> Posted Image Posted Image:)-->

What would YOU rather "master" -- pfal, or moonshine preservation??
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Posted 21 April 2004 - 12:42 AM

I think mastery of moonshine preservation will leave you closer to God.

After I don't know how many years of moonshine preservation, Littlehawk seems a much nicer person to hang with than the average PFAL master.
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Posted 21 April 2004 - 12:56 AM

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