An Old Coon Skinner SaysI know this old coon skinner who sold fur to Eddie Bower when Eddiewas alive.
Fortunately one time he took me across the USA to Mr. Bowers homeand I got to meet him! WOW is all I can still say, but back to theold coon skinner, Lonnie a big tall 6’6″ Red Neck strong as a LoadedCole Train and kind as 6 week old Red Bone Puppy. My friend Lonniewhen I mentioned that I was making Vodka aWell the old boys earspricked up like a 100 Pound Doberman smellin fresh meat!..hehheaThepoor old chap cant drive and barley see (he is 91years old), but hemade sure he was ready for me to pick him up at 5:00am when it wastime to run a 15gal batch of sugar wash out of my new valve refluxstill.
I was kind nervous cuzz this is only the second time I ranthe new still (LOTS OF HELP FROM THIS SITE).I had the valves closed, Lonnie kept feeling the column. He said henever seen nothing so new fangled in this((IN His God Dam Life)direct quote)) the old coon shiner says that you have to have a feelfor the dam thing Dago! You have to know by touch! You have to knowby smell! And FeelaI was thinking WTFaI was thinking to my self thatthis old boy cut his teeth on moon shine, so all I could do is payattention.
As the heads came off he asked for a new mason jar. Itold him that I wanted to save them to ad to the next batch…Lonnieabruptly replied, I ant had no dam polish from home for 20 years sonand this is goin home with me! (I am 45 years old and going on 15when Lonnie is around, Now that’s LOVE!) I will try not to romancethe story too much more and get to the point but what love can beshown just from a great hobby!So the heads are off and we are in the middle of the run and the oldboy has his hand on the column every 20 to 30 sec. the still isrefluxing better than I could ever expect.
I pull my first 500 ml ofthe middle run. the old boy tasted it before I could put the alcoholmeter to it and said it was 92% he was close it was 90% we collectedslow and the old coon skinner was with in 2% every 500ml Icollected. I guess when it’s a way of life you never forget yourlivin!Lonnie is still feelin the column every 30 sec or so and now he islettin a drip fall on the back of his fingers and rubbing it on hisfinger nails.
I am watching the temp at the same time (He done carefor No Temp Gauge) all of a sudden he says CUT IT OFF! and get a newJar. (Out of respect to him prior I when out and got 24 new 1qtMason jars). Lonnie says the dam thing is slippery, and smellinglike a hound dogs ass, well 20 sec later the temp started to riseand it was time for the tails.I am amassed how he could tell by feel when the run was over. Byfeel. I felt it almost as much as Lonnie did. I could not tell.
Sothere is a real art to this! Men who know making spirits as well asthey do there own soles.BTW. we pulled almost 3gal of 93.5 from 15 gal wash at 19% and theold boy took almost all of it home with him…HAHAHAHA….So this is Love!