Moonshine Mania: Background information when reading If the Creek Don't Rise

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If the Creek Don't Rise

by Leah Weiss

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss
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Moonshine Mania

In If the Creek Don't Rise, Sadie Blue's husband earns his money making and selling moonshine. The trouble caused by alcohol and illegal business is a theme that runs throughout the story. The term moonshine comes from the illicit nature in which it has historically been brewed, in the dark, under cover of "moon shine." Moonshine has made a recent reappearance in public culture. Here are ten things you may not know about the infamous libation.

  1. It won't make you go blind

    Moonshine could get you blind drunk, but it should be a temporary affliction. Poorly made moonshine is another story. It's not the strength of the alcohol that's the problem, it's the methanol, a natural byproduct of the fermentation process. Methanol has a lower boiling point than alcohol (ethanol), and so is first to come from the still. Any respectable moonshiner knows the first batch - and anything produced before the boiling point of ethanol (174°F) - needs to be discarded. Methanol can be highly toxic...

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