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In 1943, the production and sale of homemade corn liquor increased greatly compared to neighboring states. Agents for the Alcohol Tax Unit and Bureau of Internal Revenue cited the following causes: \"1. The High tax on legal whiskey with attendant high retail price. 2. The growing scarcity of legal fire-water. 3. The attractive prices illegal stuff is bringing-$17 a gallon and up.\" Bootleggers used granulated sugar mash, molasses, corn meal, and syrup to brew their illegal potion.
While the state's moonshiners haven't been very active for a while, the practice is beginning to pick up. Sprinkle has found some interesting statistics relative to the increase in illicit distilling throughout the state and other states in this area.