Quick Answer: What Is Moonshine And Why Is It Illegal??

Moonshine is any illegally made distilled alcohol.

Classically it is corn liquor distilled from fermented corn and / or sugar.

Distilling alcohol without state and federal permits is illegal in every single state in the US.

Making moonshine is illegal because the government wishes to collect tax revenue.

What kind of liquor is moonshine?

whisky

Can moonshine kill you?

Ethanol contains two carbon atoms and is somewhat toxic (it’ll kill you if you drink enough of it, so pace yourself) whereas methanol contains one carbon atom and is highly toxic (can cause permanent damage to the optic nerve and death even in fairly low doses, pacing won’t help, best to avoid altogether).

What is the difference between vodka and moonshine?

Physically speaking, there is no real difference between vodka and moonshine. Both are unaged neutral spirits, usually cut with water to increase volume and produce a more drinkable product. Moonshine, at least commercial varieties, can easily be called American Vodka, much like Poitin could be called Irish vodka.

Is moonshine illegal in all states?

While most states prohibit home moonshining, state laws sometimes conflict with federal law. In Missouri, for example, a person 21 or over may produce up to 100 gallons of spirits per year for personal consumption without a permit.

Is Moonshine legal in the US?

Liquor control laws in the United States always applied to moonshine, with efforts accelerated during the total ban on alcohol production mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

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