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MOONShine Madness

March 12th, 2017 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in MOONShine Madness

** ALCOHOL is Toxic to Birds..
Alcohol Depresses the Organ Systems of Birds
and CAN be Fatal.

MOONShine Madness

 Making Feed Moonshine.

Feed Fermenting Moonshine

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Are You Unknowingly Brewing “Moonshine Mash” ? 

I have followed the General Feed Instructions Below,
NOT Questioning Why ??..

Swan Moonshine Mash

GENERAL Label/Tag Instructions for using
Commercial Animal/Live Stock Feeds.

>>> Dry Feed: Change Daily..

>>> Wet Feed Mixtures: Change Daily
When Temperature is 65 Degrees or Less.

Change Wet Feed Mixtures every 12 Hours when the Temperature
is Higher then 65 Degrees.

Change Immediately if you SEE any Bubbles.

“WHY???” Would Swans like the Wet Feed Mixture
after it Sits and is Bubbling ????

Swan Moonshine Mash

The Swans LIKE it because it is Sweeter
as the Starch Breaks Down and Alcohol FORMs.

  The Mixture is Developing into “Moonshine Mash.”

Swan Moonshine Mash

TO QUOTE Chuck Miller
from the Discovery TV Show “MoonShiners” :
“And this is how we make the Moonshine.”

How to Make Moonshine Mash

Moonshine Mash is a Fermented Mixture or Slurry of Ingredients,
principally Corn, Sugar, Water and Yeast, that are Distilled to produce
High-Proof Drinking Alcohol, also known as Moonshine or White Whiskey.

While Distilled Alcohol can be made from a variety of Grains,
Moonshine is most often associated with a Corn Based Mash.

This is left to Ferments at 80 Degrees for an Average of 7-10 Days.

MoonShiners use 50 LB Bags of Corn, Wheat, Rye, Poultry and Horse Feeds 
Plus Sugar and Yeast in their Mash Recipes to make “MoonShine.” 
Different Grains create different Flavors.


POULTRY Feed Ingredients are Ground Grains and Plant Proteins.

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Adding Warm Water to Poultry Feed.. Allowing this to Dissolve
into a Slurry of Starch and Protein, Bacteria and Yeast in the Environment
will Start to Breakdown and FERMENT this Mixture Creating Grain Alcohol.

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The Wet Feed Ferments easily at Temperatures of 80+ Degrees
for an Average of 7-10 Days.  
The Backyard Bacteria and Yeast Strains are UNKNOWN.

There are Strains of Environmental Bacteria, Molds, and Yeasts
that have TOXIC Secretions.

I spoke with the Feed Division Technical Service Southern States Corp. 
1 (804) 281-1430  They Agreed, commenting that MoonShiners
Buy Animal Feeds to make Moonshine.

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In the Normal use of their Commercial Feeds for Animals and Poultry,
they Worry most about the Molds that Occur in Hot, Humid Weather.

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MoonShiners control their Mash Mixture by adding Known Strains of Yeast.  
They add LARGE Amounts of Sugar to Increase the Alcohol that will be FERMENTED.  
As the Alcohol Content Increases it Kills Off the Bacteria.. and finally the Yeast.

Without this Extra Sugar there will be Alcohol forming just not as much.  
More like Beer.  But, not enough to Kill the Bacteria, Mold or Yeast..

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The Break Down of the Proteins in the Feed Mixture is just as Unsafe, FORMing Toxins..  
No Different then the Concerns we have for “Food Poisoning” when leaving Meats
Out at Room Temperatures for more then two Hours.
 ***Ptomaine Poisoning is from Alkaloids
> > > > Found in Decaying Animal and Vegetable Matter.

This is especially Important when it’s HOT Outside:
“Bacteria Grows Rapidly at Room Temperature, BUT it Grows even Faster 
when the Weather is between 90°F and 110°F,”
says Elisabeth Hagen, MD, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Swan Warm SunShine

The Risk of Clostridium botulinum – Clostridium perfringens -Bacillus cereus 
Growing in Wet Stagnate Pond Water Increases in Warm Weather.  
These Pathogenic Bacteria are found everywhere.. Their Toxins are Lethal.  
These Anaerobic Bacteria may/will Grow in the Bottom of the Wet Feed Mixture.
Botulinum Toxin is the most Acutely Lethal Toxin known.

We lost one Precious Female Swan to Clostridiim Botulism.. Heartbreaking. 
She was Eating Flies near a Vegetable Compost Pile.

Swan Clostridium Botulism

There are Dangerous Pathogenic Organisms in most Place.
A Few Organisms.. can “Grow” into a Lethal Mixture.

Yeasts and Molds are found in all Environments.
Birds can contract Diseases from inhaling Mold/Fungus Spores.

Yeast Populations in their Gizzard and Digestive Tract can cause
a Wide Variety of Health Problem: Bloating, Poor Digestion,
Toxins that effect their Immune System..
A Heavy Growth can Obstruct the Bowel.. Death.

SWAN IRON Toxicity

SWANs are VERY Susceptible to Heavy Metal Poisoning.

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ADD Fermenting Feed to a Rusting Metal Pan = Iron Poisoning.

Feeding Mute Swans
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Auto-Brewery Syndrome, is a Rare Medical Condition in which Intoxicating Quantities
of Ethanol are produced through Endogenous Fermentation within
the Digestive System.

One Gastrointestinal Organism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a type of Yeast,
has been identified as a Pathogen for this condition.


Various MoonShine Recipes..
It was Interesting Researching all this..
for a Good Cause.. Healthy Swans.

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I Learn more I will Add to this Information..
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger UpDated JUNE 2021

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