He does all the fermenting, distilling, labeling and bottling.
Having heard both of my grandparents and one of my best friend's granddad talk about moonshine while growing up, it has always interested me. Just the thought of taking a little bit of nothing and making it into something that people want and enjoy.
In high school you were the popular guy or girl at the party if you had a jar of this fiery liquid. Which more than likely came out of your parents pantry or freezer. Most of it was either so strong that you could barely sip it or so watered down and sweet that you could drink the whole jar like apple juice. If you knew the right people you could buy a jar of your own for $20 which would only last one night at a party. That would put you in the hole for $40 a weekend. A little expensive when you are working part time and still in high school. So I said to myself, wouldn't it be nice to have something that wasn't too strong to drink and just strong enough to get you where you wanted to be.
After graduation I decided to go to a tech school for HVAC. HVAC happens to be the same process as producing alcohol minus the compressor. Heat transfer with a little basic chemistry. I told my parents that if there was a way to make moonshine legally that it was what I wanted to do. Still not old enough to drink I had no clue that it was already on the shelves in liquor stores. One day a friend of mine texted me a picture of a bottle of moonshine that was lega. I couldn't believe it, I told him that if they can do then so can I. When I turned 21 I applied for my licenses, which is a long and difficult process. I hired a contractor to remodel a shed from my granddad's old plumbing business while I continued tech school and working for a local HVAC company. After many months, the applications were completed, the building was remodeled, and the licenses were in hand. I had my very own micro-distillery at the age of 22. The process wasn't an easy one and many people told me I couldn't do it, I replied with "I can show you better than I can tell you". My active still is behind glass for those that said that it couldn't be done. A lot of people might say that I wasted time and money on my degree but honestly it made a great excuse for those who wondered how I was starting a distillery at 21. My HVAC background is a better excuse than practice makes perfect. There are still many old-timers and newcomers out there that practice this art. I am fortunate enough to be able to say that I can legally do this and that I learned from some of the best in the Low Country. Every time I distill there are three names that pop into my head. I would not be where I am today without W.H. Flowers, Sydney Tuten, and Harold Smith.