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Sun 9 Jul #1 
Helen McKenzie
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Could someone enlighten me on the difference between Moonshining and Home Brewing? Just been watching the TV programme Moonshiners on Discovery and wondered what the difference was betweent he 2.




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Sun 9 Jul #2 
Ruby Franks
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Without looking up loads of things I'd say it was the law and what's being made. To me moonshine is spirits made illegally or smuggled in; in the past at night, to avoid detection, thus moonshine.

Home brew is beer or wine made at home, legally, sometimes from shop-bought kits.

Now in the UK at least, there is a boom in micro-breweries and small stills (mainly for gin) producing drink legally. I don't know what the programme you saw was about, but it wouldn't surprise me if you saw people producing booze legally and illegally and both being referred to as moonshiners.

My family used to live near a 'home' cider-maker, and I thought the amount that could be made before it was liable for duty was extraordinary, memory may be playing me wrong but I think it was 3,000 gallons a year, which seemed a large amount for personal and family use. Needless to say he had the trees and capacity to make twice the legal amount.




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Sun 9 Jul #3 
Helen McKenzie
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I have good friends that own a shop that supply goods for home brew, and it is not just beer and wine now, you can make any type of spirit that you like. It was just a thought/question that came to mind and i thought i would just put it out there.

 




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Mon 10 Jul #4 
sally906
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Amazing what you find when your interest has been piqued and you hit Mrs Google for info.  And I am doing boring financial stats and needed a quicj distraction.  Moonshine was is a slang term used to describe the high-proof distilled spirits, usually Whisky, that was produced illicitly. It was called moonshine because it was distilled at night in secret 'by the light of the moon'. The only reason that moonshine was illegal was because it use to be that anyone who distills spirits in the U.S. had to pay a federal tax. Moonshiners didn't pay the tax.  This is not so much the case anymore so moonshine is now just a trendy term for home made brew.




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Mon 10 Jul #5 
Helen McKenzie
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Ok, i understand that Sally so if it is not illegal anymore how come the tv programme based in the Apalacian (spelt wrong) area called Moonshiners still regard it as illegal, or is it just for tv purposes to get viewers like me suckered in




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Mon 10 Jul #6 
JMK
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Was it an old programme? it was illegal in the US till 2010 but now legal I think. Unless there are some states where it is still illegal?




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Tue 11 Jul #7 
Helen McKenzie
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Knowing NZ television it was probably an old programme. It was based in South Carolina, Louisiana areas.




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Tue 11 Jul #8 
jmaxg
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It's d**ks that make illegal alcohol.

Really?

You didn't get that?

You literally didn't get the most obvious reference in the entire world?




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