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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY Good Guide to Real Hooch...
Well, this will be short... The book covers everything you'll need to know to make REAL hooch, moonshine, "licker", etc. Whichever you call it, you'll know exactly the needed materials and methods to get the job done. Being an experienced brewer, I can tell you there are some pretty good (thou basic) recipes as well that'll get you started off in the right direction...
Published on February 13, 2008 by D. Jones

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book is a good read. It gives basics of the history of moonshining as well as fermentation, recipes, and still designs.
Published 21 months ago by Lynn Meckley


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY Good Guide to Real Hooch..., February 13, 2008
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D. Jones "Grandpappy" (Appalachian Mountains) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
Well, this will be short... The book covers everything you'll need to know to make REAL hooch, moonshine, "licker", etc. Whichever you call it, you'll know exactly the needed materials and methods to get the job done. Being an experienced brewer, I can tell you there are some pretty good (thou basic) recipes as well that'll get you started off in the right direction. After learning the basics, you'll be ready to venture off on your own in the recipe department and create virtually anything you can dream up. And as a passing point, if you get tired of making that ole 'Mountain Dew' and need to get to town, you can put that 'ole pot distiller' to use feedin' your work truck too. Lastly, the author really knows what he's talking about since he rates the other brewin books on the market in the back of his book, and I'd have to agree with his reviews since I've read many of the others as well. Here's to the freedom to create the drinks you like and to the "spirits" that's kept America goin' since before George Washington fired up his own personal still.
Cheers!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, Pragmatic, Entertaining & Culture Bearing, January 3, 2010
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R. Seth Kircher (Rochester, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
Somewhere in the author' blog (Rowley's Whiskey Forge) Matthew Rowley states the following about this book:

"Since 2001, I've traveled over 14,000 miles and interviewed over fifty extra-legal distillers to debunk the notion that moonshining is a dead or dying craft."

Without a doubt, the knowledge and appreciation Mr. Rowley gained while conducting research for this book "shines" through on every page.

Accordingly, of all the volumes I've read on the topic of craft distilling, Moonshine is the most readable, pragmatic, and entertaining.

Given the book's numerous quotes, sidebars, recipes, and (yes), guidance on still construction, one might even say that it carries an important measure of forgotten United States culture.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read, October 6, 2008
This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
If you are looking for specifics into making your own whiskey, this may not be the book for you. But, if you want some basics and have fun reading them, then buy this. Easy nightstand reader that can be taken down to the basement when finished and put to good use. Good plans for making a still too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have started with this book!!, December 10, 2010
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Bought several books before this one, and this one brings them all together plus more. If distilling is on your list of things to learn, this is the only book you need!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, excellent info, July 10, 2011
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William Gurstelle (Minneapolis, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
I read a great number of books on home distiilling and this is the best, I feel. The first half is fun reading, written in a light, breezy style. The second gets down to business and it's easy to understand and actually appears to be usable to beginners as well as the moderately experienced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and instructional, May 24, 2013
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This book was easy to read, informative and well laid out. I bought two other books on hooch making and this one is by far my favourite. It is the only beginner book you will need to start your distilling journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book, May 14, 2013
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Cleverly written with fun illustrations. Great gift for someone who wants some light reading. Informative and to the point. I'm pleased with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Educational, January 21, 2013
This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
This book was absolutely amazing. The little tid bits and stories are so educational and mind blowing. It is a very educational book and something that anybody could read and want to read it again and again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you're looking for., November 29, 2013
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This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
How much you like this book is going to depend on what it is you are looking for. If you want the history of moonshine making, you are in luck, almost one third of the book is devoted to this. Want instructions on how to build a copper pot still? The book devotes a fair amount of space to this subject, and the instructions are very good. If you like dumb cartoons, you will be pleased since the book has (way too) many of them. Once you finally get down to the nuts and bolts of cooking up a batch of corn whiskey at home the step by step instructions are very good. Special attention is paid to the temperature ranges you should monitor to separate out the various components of the final product. The moonshine shows on television do a great and dangerous disservice by giving very superficial coverage to the real process. Case in point: The moonshiners are often shown waiting for the first few drops of product to emerge from their worm, which it appears they drink to test their new batch. Fortunately, this book makes it very clear not to go any closer than sniffing this stuff for identification purposes, since it can kill you! Bottom line is that this book is a worthwhile investment for the budding home distiller, even though it has what I would call a lot of wasted paper.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, well written and attractively illustrated, a rare find!, May 7, 2009
This review is from: Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day (Paperback)
An extremely engaging book about an excellent subject! Behind each page a new jewel: be it an anecdote, a recipe, a quote, an illustration or a fact, each and every page was worth reading.

Most books about fermentation and/or distillation fall short in one area or another: some lack technical information, others lack historical facts; this book has it all and is written in a very clean and concise manner. If you are interested in makin' your own and only want to buy one book, this is it! Here is a list of the chapters to give you an idea:

Chapter 1: A Wet Goods Primer
Chapter 2: A Long And Storied History
Chapter 3: Moonshine Today
Chapter 4: Mashing And Fermenting
Chapter 5: Stills And How To Build One
Chapter 6: Distilling
Chapter 7: Recipes

To top it all, the book is attractive enough to make it a coffee table item, where I'm sure it will be the subject of many conversations.

Luis Ayala
Author & Rum Consultant
Rum Runner Press, Inc.
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