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A copper moonshine still donated to Museum of Alabama

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The most important part to make moonshine is the still. According to Connecting Alabama, Anne Adams has a still that her father confiscated from an illegal moonshiner. This copper still will continue to tell a story of the past in the new exhibit, Alabama Voices, located at the Museum of Alabama.

Ann’s father, William J. Adams was a sheriff in Barbour County from 1952 to 1967. It was a part of his job to find illegal moonshiners and their sites. Whenever he came upon a still, he would bust it up, rendering it useless.

Anna said that during that time most of the stills were made of galvanized tin. However, this still was different from the any others he had seen, because it was made of copper. He kept it intact.

Anna said, "We were happy to get something daddy had liked and had kept. We had it a long time."

Anna’s father passed away from a heart attack in 1967. Gov. Lurleen Wallace named Irene, the wife of William J. Adams, to succeed him. It wasn’t until 1971 that the sheriff’s department gave the copper still to Irene as a keepsake.

This year on "Moonshiners," Tickle learned to make moonshine in a copper still. Tickle, Chico and Tyler are using a 100 percent copper still to manufacture their moonshine. Since they are using Tim’s recipe, they decided to sell the moonshine in Vermont. Tim went legal, but the state of Vermont refused his request to sell his legal moonshine. That’s when Tickle, Tyler and Chico formed a partnership to sell the illegal whiskey there.

"Moonshiners" come on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday's at 8 p.m. Central. The moonshine still at the Museum of Alabama will officially open to the public on Feb. 15, 2014. The Alabama Voices exhibit is on the second floor. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. and the new exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


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