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Desc:Don't make moonshine unless you have been trained folks..
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Maggot Brain - 2018-12-07
Sometimes you make Moonshine, sometimes you end up with Windex.
Robin Kestrel - 2018-12-07
Member when Dr. House saved LL Cool J after he drank that copier fluid?
Binro the Heretic - 2018-12-07
I miss that stupid show so much.

Born in the RSR - 2018-12-07
I'm so-so on the fact that he made a full recovery.

How about a hobby that doesn't have the potential to blind you or blow up your house?

Then again, brewing your own stuff over here falls under traditional product heritage laws so you can moonshine all you want. Granted ours don't pass the 40% mark too often.
casualcollapse - 2018-12-07
Where can you do that, on a Indian reservation, somewhere in Europe?

jfcaron_ca - 2018-12-07
"RSR" = Romanian Soviet Republic. He's from Romania.

casualcollapse - 2018-12-07
Yeah I tried googling rsr but didn't come up with anything meaningful, thank you

Born in the RSR - 2018-12-07
I thought my status as the Cousin Balki of PoeTV was well understood by now.

PS: You can make your own moonshine legally here, but you do need to register your equipment and the quality of your product with local authorities and pay some taxes. The enforcement is pretty lax as long as you don't try to sell it though.

Also, you can make booze out of a lot of things, duck poop and jacket lining are two of the more famous semi-mythical examples. Why duck poop and not human poop, or sheep poop? I couldn't tell you.

Anaxagoras - 2018-12-08
Thing is, this wasn't really his hobby. It was just a thing he decided to try once. The fact that making moonshine incorrectly can produce poison isn't really something that we're aware of anymore. (It's been awhile since prohibition.) So it was a guy who fucked up due to somewhat-understandable ignorance. Doesn't really seem like a "Fuck him, let him die" moment.

Born in the RSR - 2018-12-08
"The fact that making moonshine incorrectly can produce poison isn't really something that we're aware of anymore."

That's why I say I'm "so-so" about it. I thought it would be blindingly obvious to everyone how dangerous making your own moonshine is. But googling around since yesterday I have to hand it to you, even on the Romanian side of the internet there's really very few warnings or mentions of the inherent dangers of operating a still.

Gamara II - 2018-12-07
I like how the reenactment portrays this party as a cozy little holiday gettogether -but they were attempting to drink 30 shots in an hour! This sounds like either barf-o-rama, after-party at the emergency room, or a meetup of https://www.reddit.com/r/cripplingalcoholism .
Miss Henson's 6th grade class - 2018-12-07
Man, Crippling Alcoholism is a carnival of human sadness, degeneracy, and dubious decisions. An absolute must-read.

Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2018-12-08
"He complained about the taste" at the start. I can't believe anyone could possibly drink so much of that in so little time, with people around-- his friends-- encouraging him. I mean, not call an ambulance. I want to interrogate them all myself.

casualcollapse - 2018-12-09
Considering posting this video there...

The Mothership - 2018-12-08
So I worked in the Scottish whisky industry for some time. So after you make the beer that you distill, then you put that in the still. The distillers talk about the first part of the alcohol to come out after you get up to temperature. The first parts are called the 'foreshots'. This is the methanol that is poison and that you don't want. Experienced distillers can tell this by smell alone, although there is a testing process by which one can tell when it goes from poison to the 'middle cut' which is the ethanol that we want for making whisky. Then again, when the temperature is dropping towards the end of the run of the still, there come the 'feints' which are the other end of the run of distilling and that you don't want, cause it's methanol and other dregs from the distilling process.

Distillers are really chemist/artists, it is a truly unique job description and getting distillation right, whether for whisky or for gin or for vodka or whatever, it is really important cause if you fuck it up one way or another even just a little bit, either your booze tastes like shit or somebody can die.
Anaxagoras - 2018-12-08
At the risk of being pedantic, they're not chemists at all. Chemists are people trained in a wide variety of industrial chemical processes, (e.g. distillation, chromatography, titration, etc.) as well as the scientific background so they understand, on a chemical level, what's happening during the various processes.

Distillers aren't doing that. Instead, they're people who are using a single process that chemists have developed. You could become a master distiller even if you had only a rudimentary understanding of the chemistry involved. But I totally agree with you about the "artist" thing. What a strange profession.

badideasinaction - 2018-12-08
Back in the day I’d distill my on absinthe; even when I was using bought alcohol as a base I’d still toss the first part of the batch just to be safe.

Anaxagoras - 2018-12-08
Man, that was a really cool video, both in its subject & its presentation. It was explanatory "stories" like these that motivated me to get a biochem degree. Unfortunately, it turns out that in the professional world, these kinds of stories are nowhere to be found, and the work itself is really, really dull. (Also, they don't pay that well.)

BTW, I love how the medicine for his condition is... MOAR ALCOHOL!
casualcollapse - 2018-12-08
It's the same if your dog drinks propylene glycol.(anti-freeze) You have to get your dog drunk
Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2018-12-08
Shit that I made with my friend in an improvised reflux still, it burned ORANGE* and seemed more flammable than 90% rubbing alcohol. I drank maybe 5oz of it and it had a taste I described as "sick", "poisonous", and also somehow 'like the smell of flowers'. I also kept filling my mouth with it and spitting fire. We got out the methanol, though, we were 'sure'. The mash had fruit flies in it and had just fermented in an open bucket with a piece of saran wrap on it. We forgot to clean the copper pipes to begin with and they must have had a lot of solder flux in them too. And we could not stabilize the temperature ever with the valves on it and the sink's water faucet. And the tubes kept coming off and the bathroom floor was soaked through to the apartment below, so they called the landlord. And I had put one of SF69's pictures on it, of a fetal alcohol child saying "mommy likes whiskey!" We only used it that one time.

*Fusel oil?
duck&cover - 2018-12-08
Glad that you're still (!) with us.

Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2018-12-09
It wasn't even disappointing that it was absolutely worthless to drink, because it was kind of a fun project and I was proud of how flammable it was.

Mister Yuck - 2018-12-10
That sounds like a pretty badass weekend. I might have to try that.

SolRo - 2018-12-08
So isn’t it possible to heat the distillation low enough to distill the methanol first and then heat it up higher to get mostly ethanol?
MurgatroidMendelbaum - 2018-12-08
That's what the pros do.

exy - 2018-12-09
Very well-done video... but why did it leave me with an urge to Try This At Home?
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