An Old Coon Skinner Says
I know this old coon skinner who sold fur to Eddie Bower when Eddie
Fortunately one time he took me across the USA to Mr. Bowers home
and I got to meet him! WOW is all I can still say, but back to the
old coon skinner, Lonnie a big tall 6’6″ Red Neck strong as a Loaded
Cole Train and kind as 6 week old Red Bone Puppy. My friend Lonnie
when I mentioned that I was making Vodka aWell the old boys ears
pricked up like a 100 Pound Doberman smellin fresh meat!..hehheaThe
poor old chap cant drive and barley see (he is 91years old), but he
made sure he was ready for me to pick him up at 5:00am when it was
time to run a 15gal batch of sugar wash out of my new valve reflux
still. I was kind nervous cuzz this is only the second time I ran
the new still (LOTS OF HELP FROM THIS SITE).
I had the valves closed, Lonnie kept feeling the column. He said he
never 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 feel
for the dam thing Dago! You have to know by touch! You have to know
by smell! And FeelaI was thinking WTFaI was thinking to my self that
this old boy cut his teeth on moon shine, so all I could do is pay
attention. As the heads came off he asked for a new mason jar. I
told him that I wanted to save them to ad to the next batch…Lonnie
abruptly replied, I ant had no dam polish from home for 20 years son
and this is goin home with me! (I am 45 years old and going on 15
when Lonnie is around, Now that’s LOVE!) I will try not to romance
the story too much more and get to the point but what love can be
shown just from a great hobby!
So the heads are off and we are in the middle of the run and the old
boy has his hand on the column every 20 to 30 sec. the still is
refluxing better than I could ever expect. I pull my first 500 ml of
the middle run. the old boy tasted it before I could put the alcohol
meter to it and said it was 92% he was close it was 90% we collected
slow and the old coon skinner was with in 2% every 500ml I
collected. I guess when it’s a way of life you never forget your
Lonnie is still feelin the column every 30 sec or so and now he is
lettin a drip fall on the back of his fingers and rubbing it on his
finger nails. I am watching the temp at the same time (He done care
for No Temp Gauge) all of a sudden he says CUT IT OFF! and get a new
Jar. (Out of respect to him prior I when out and got 24 new 1qt
Mason jars). Lonnie says the dam thing is slippery, and smelling
like a hound dogs ass, well 20 sec later the temp started to rise
and it was time for the tails.
I am amassed how he could tell by feel when the run was over. By
feel. I felt it almost as much as Lonnie did. I could not tell. So
there is a real art to this! Men who know making spirits as well as
they do there own soles.
BTW. we pulled almost 3gal of 93.5 from 15 gal wash at 19% and the
old boy took almost all of it home with him…HAHAHAHA….
So this is Love!