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What are the old moonshine jugs called?

What are the old moonshine jugs called?

Traditionally, stoneware jugs, also referred to as liquor crocks or jugs, whiskey jugs, and shoulder jugs, were used to store moonshine. While these type of jugs are not exclusively used to store moonshine, they are certainly forever linked with storing spirits.

What were ceramic jugs used for?

Stoneware was used for anything we might use glass jars or tupperware for today. It held everything from water, soda, and beer to meat, grain, jelly, and pickled vegetables, and was produced in a very wide variety of forms.

How can you tell how old a jug is?

Antique crocks have a distinctive appearance. Each stoneware crock displays a shiny-looking surface that results from the salt glazing process. Under the glassy finish, the crock features hand-drawn or stenciled letters and numbers. Hand-painted embellishments include flowers, animals, and specific motifs or patterns.

Why is moonshine in Mason jars?

When you think moonshine, you think a mason jar. Moonshine just looks cooler when you drink it from a mason jar. Not only does it ensure the moonshine stays fresh but the jar also gives it the “authentic” moonshine feel that you would get during the prohibition period.

Why was moonshine made illegal?

So why is moonshine still illegal? Because the liquor is worth more to the government than beer or wine. Uncle Sam takes an excise tax of $2.14 for each 750-milliliter bottle of 80-proof spirits, compared with 21 cents for a bottle of wine (of 14 percent alcohol or less) and 5 cents for a can of beer.

How do you identify a Spongeware?

Spongeware: The name says it all. A sponge dipped in colored pigment is daubed onto a piece of earthenware pottery of a contrasting color, creating an overall mottled, “sponged” pattern. A clear glaze is applied, and the piece fired.

How can you tell stoneware?

Second, let’s figure out if it’s earthenware or stoneware:

  1. Pick up your piece and feel the weight. If it feels pretty dense for its size, that’s a good sign that it’s stoneware.
  2. Look at the bottom.
  3. Stoneware has the “look” of hand made pottery; it has a texture to it, where earthenware does not.
  4. Look at your piece.

Why are crocks so expensive?

A crock will often be more valuable in the area where it was made. Local potteries will generally command a higher price in their own area because there is a higher concentration of collectors. Additionally, crocks are heavy and can be costly to ship.

Is Everclear and moonshine the same?

Both Everclear and Moonshine are unaged spirits; however, Everclear is made from grain and Moonshine from corn. Moonshine is a general term used to describe illegally produced corn whiskey. In summary, Everclear is intended to be water and pure ethanol with no flavor contribution.

Is it OK to put moonshine in the freezer?

Freezing moonshine usually isn’t recommended or necessary – or even possible. Most hard liquor needs exposure to a temperature of at least -150 degrees before it’ll freeze. Considering moonshine is among the highest-proof spirits in existence, the standard home freezer simply isn’t strong enough to freeze it.

Why is moonshine called white lightning?

White lightning, a white whiskey made surreptitiously and illegally, was once produced in great quantities in South Carolina. It got its name from its color and the kick it delivers when consumed.