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Good spirits : a new look at ol' demon alcohol
Logsdon, Gene.
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Publication Information:
White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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TP570 .L64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Best known as The Contrary Farmer for the unconventional views he brings to agriculture, Ohio-based Logsdon proposes a simple program: cottage farmers grow grain to make whiskey or fuel, feed grain residues to the livestock, then return the animal's manure to the field to make the crops flourish. Th

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Gene Logsdon is a prolific writer, and an outspoken gadfly of the conventional agricultural establishment. He farms on thirty-two acres in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, a mile from his boyhood home.

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With the recent burgeoning of microbreweries, home breweries, and boutique wineries, it's only a matter of time until people start home distillation. The technology has always been around, and the urge to put one's own label on a bottle of whiskey may prove overwhelming to some. So why aren't there any homemade whiskeys in the marketplace? For openers, it's against federal law. It's also dangerous. Stills create explosive gases. Logsdon yearns for a nation of amateur distillers. He recounts a family history of clandestine distilling, and he offers delightful tales and anecdotal histories of home brewers, wine makers, and distillers. Constructing a contrarian account of bootlegging during Prohibition, he makes booze smuggling a cottage industry rather than a gang-run criminal conspiracy. Both funny and serious, Logsdon's book will likely prove controversial, too, especially with those made uncomfortable by irony. --Mark Knoblauch

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Toward a Sane Use of Alcoholp. xv
1 The American History You Were Never Taughtp. 1
2 My Father-in-Law, "The Old Moonshiner"p. 13
3 From Cider to Applejackp. 32
4 The Fruit Juice: A Moonshine Story from 1935p. 49
5 Homemade Beerp. 65
6 The Backyard Wineryp. 78
7 The Adventures of a Brandy and Liqueur Illiteratep. 98
8 The Midnight Fox: A Bootlegging Folktalep. 112
9 Wandering Wide-Eyed through the World of Whiskeyp. 128
10 The "White Whiskey" Mixers and Other Popular Drinksp. 150
11 Fuel Alcohol: A Way to Make Untaxed Spirits Legallyp. 166
12 "Not Necessarily": The Slightly Fictional Story of a Stubborn Winemakerp. 179
Bibliographyp. 196