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.