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Jun 20, 2014 05:05 PM

Question About Still

On the Series M*A*S*H the tent where Hawkeye, Trapper, Frank, BJ, and Winchester lived had a still. My question is what kind of alcohol did that still produce? My guess it was some sort of gin, but I can't say for sure. Maybe it was a form of grain alchohol.

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  1. Didn't they make a lot of martinis? That would mean gin.

    1. Some guy on a home distilling board says he researched it some time back; he agrees with greygarious that it's a gin still.

      From the faces they made, I always figured rotgut grain alcohol; OTOH, we never saw them with any raw materials, which in itself was odd.

      1. And don't forget THE Great Escape.....McQueen and Gardiner shoveling all those potatoes back to their "shine".............Not Russian vodka......but............

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        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

          "Don't smoke right after you drink it....No smoking! Don't get any on your clothes."

          I'll watch that movie no matter how many times it's on, no matter how many times I've seen it. Even though I have it on DVD.

        2. I thought gin is gin because of aromatics? I doubt they had juniper berries in Korea. I would think it is simply grain alcohol.

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          1. re: DGresh

            Exactly. It was either grain or potato Ethanol alcohol.
            It takes a LOT of juniper berries to make gin.
            Anyway. They didn't really make anything but 'believe' right?

            1. re: Puffin3

              I had an uncle that made potato vodka back in the old country. My grandmother traveled to the USSR in 1970 using a false passport (she used her Canadian immigration papers to get a Canadian passport) and she brought back 10 quarts of the stuff. When she got to customs in Minneapolis, the guy at customs was going to open her suitcase. She said "what, do you think a little old lady like me would do something against the rules?" He let her through without opening her suitcase.

              1. re: John E.

                Sounds like my Mennonite grandfather. VERY strict with his 13 kids.
                During the great depression he was a well known moonshiner. I believe he used sugar beets. LOL

                1. re: John E.

                  During Prohibition, my grandmother used to come through the border between Quebec and Maine, sitting very, very still, "pregnant" with several bottles of whisky, trying not to clink!

                  1. re: kcshigekawa

                    We have a hunting cabin in northern Minnesota that is on a gravel county road. Locally, it is known as the Jug Road because it was part of the route used by bootleggers.

                  2. re: John E.

                    My dad had a whiskey still in the basement of our home in Minneapolis back in the '60s. His cousin traced their family back to the hills of Tennessee, and from there back to western Pennsylvania, scene of the Whiskey Rebellion. No doubt certain proclivities were handed down generation to generation, though I can say with certainty it ended with him.

                    1. re: elegraph

                      Was any of his hooch saved? My dad had a bottle of his uncle's homemade potato vodka for many years, but I think it's gone now.

                      1. re: John E.

                        Sadly, he and his friends drank it all. He dismantled it after my mom let a meter reader go downstairs and he was afraid he'd get turned in to the feds. Boy, he was mad for awhile.

                        1. re: elegraph

                          It's too bad it isn't still around (is it?) because it would be a collectible.

              2. I do remember that it was made from fermented rice (no surprise - Korea).

                Col. Potter once called it Uncle Ben's perverted rice juice.

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                1. re: WNYamateur

                  so they would have first made rice wine then fermented it. clever boys.

                  1. re: Puffin3

                    They would not have made wine necessarily. They would have used the rice as the mash and it would need to be fermented, but that does not really mean it's wine. Moonshine made in the Prohibition era was made with many different grains and carbs (such as potatoes).