[APG Public List] "jug distemper"
laboswell at rogers.com
Mon Oct 4 21:19:12 MDT 2010
More on the toxic effects of a 'bad batch' from home stills:
"Historical dangers of moonshine (besides arrest) include the presence of
methanol (a.k.a. wood alcohol) and lead-salts (from lead solder sometimes
used in the construction of the still). Both of these are poisonous:
methanol acts in a few hours and can cause blindness or death; lead builds
up slowly in your body and causes many medical problems."
and from moonshine dangers (wikipedia)
"When moonshine was made improperly it had very serious effects. When one
drank a "bad batch"of moonshine it caused blindness, paralysis, hair loss,
and death. These effects were caused by consuming too much ethanol. One
would experience similar effects after consuming anything that has a high
concentration of ethanol. Another risk one took when drinking moonshine was,
during the fermentation process, which was usually done in the woods,
sometimes small insects or leaves would fall into the solution. This could
cause one to experience extreme discomfort. The last risk was that sometimes
when people would make it they would add toxins and sometimes even human
feces to speed up the fermentation process. Drinking this contaminated
moonshine usually resulted in the normal problems relating to drinking
toxins. One would take a pretty big risk every time they would drink some
I'd bet it refers to a death related to something like the above because the
effects of methanol and other poisons could induce mental 'derangement' or
'distemper' before death.
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