What’s a gallon of moonshine worth?
Published 12:15 pm Friday, October 10, 2014 Ngoc Vo – The Messenger An illegal moonshine production has been busted this morning in the wooded area near Gardner Bassett Road. The bust was conducted through investigative efforts by the Department of Conservation, and the Pike County Sheriff Department with the assistance of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, according to Sheriff Russell Thomas.
Thomas said 20 barrels were found, each of which produces approximately 7 gallons of finished products, totaling roughly between 140 and 150 gallons of illegal alcoholic beverage. “What we have here is a total disregard for the law,” Thomas said. “They know what to do and they know how to do it.” The moonshine was in the fermenting stage, around two days in with some further along according to its temperature, said the state police moonshine task force.
Some of the moonshine barrels were insulated, meaning that the producer started when the temperature was still low, then it got warmer, said the task force officer. According to Thomas, illegal moonshine making creates a good margin between production cost and selling price.
The producers did not pay any tax for the moonshine and had a decent size still that could run several times. The task force estimated the equipment and materials to make the moonshine around $2,000. The copper still is worth between $700 and $1,200. It costs around $8 per gallon for the sugar and wheat to make the moonshine.
The selling price is around $25 a gallon if sold in bulk, or $40 for retail price. “They can make as much as $10,000 a month,” the task force said. Producers make five to six gallons every seven days in the winter and 7 gallons every five days in warmer weather.
- Thomas said illegal moonshine production is very dangerous because the still is run with propane.
- If there is a leak in the old cooper still, there is likely to be an explosion.
- Moreover, there is no safety or health inspection for such alcoholic beverage.
- The authority destroyed the barrels and took apart the still.
Further investigation will be conducted. According to Thomas, the last moonshine still they busted is on loan to the Pioneer Museum. This one will be loaned to the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge.
How much is a quart jar of moonshine?
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How much moonshine will 5 gallons make?
How Much of Moonshine Will 5 Gallons of Mash Make? – For a 5-gallon mash recipe, the yield will be about 3 quarts on average of 130 proof. Once you proof it down for consumption, the yield will be around 1 to 2 gallons of moonshine depending on how high you want your proof for drinking.
How strong should moonshine be?
Alcohol Proof In Moonshine For example, if the ABV of a liquor is 30%, then its proof is 60. Typically, moonshine has an ABV of 40%. However, the ABV of moonshine can be even higher, reaching levels of anywhere from 60%-80%! When it comes to alcohol levels in a spirit, the distilling process is the defining factor.
How much liquor is a quart?
History – Before the mid-19th century, the capacity of British alcohol bottles used for wine and distilled liquors was nominally a quart, but the actual capacity varied considerably. Four primary styles existed, with different average capacities: 759 ± 27 ml (715–810 range); 781 ± 47 ml (724–880); 808 ± 49 ml (739–835); and approximately 1130 ml, the “imperial wine quart”.
- Beer and cider bottles had a different range of sizes.
- In 1842, it was reported that ordinary wine bottles were 1/6 of an imperial gallon, that is, 758 ml.
- In the late 19th century, liquor in the US was often sold in bottles which appeared to hold one US quart (32 US fl oz; 950 ml), but in fact contained less than a quart and were called “fifths” or commercial quarts,
At this time, one-fifth of a gallon was a common legal threshold for the difference between selling by the drink and selling by the bottle or at wholesale, and thus the difference between a drinking saloon or barroom and a dry-goods store. The fifth was the usual size of bottle for distilled beverages in the United States until 1980.
- Other authorized units based on the fifth included 4 ⁄ 5 pint, called a tenth, and 1 ⁄ 10 pint.
- During the 1970s, there was a push for metrication of U.S.
- Government standards.
- In 1975, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in cooperation with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, proposed metric-standard bottle sizes to take effect in January 1979 and these standards were incorporated into Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations,
These new sizes were 50 ml (a miniature ), 100 ml, 200 ml, 375 ml (355 ml for cans), 500 ml (discontinued for distilled beverages in June 1989, but not for wine), 750 ml (the usual size of a wine bottle), 1 liter, and 1.75 liter (a metric half-gallon or handle).