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Uncommon Knowledge: Why are moonshine jugs marked XXX?

July 1, 2013

Most of us have only seen them in cartoons or caricatures, but we all know what it means: an old-fashioned jug marked with XXX is full of moonshine. It turns out that the marks refer specifically to moonshine’s distilling process. The moonshiners would start by distilling a mash of fermented sugar cane pulp. The resulting liquid, known as the “singlings,” is foul-tasting and a mere 30-40% alcohol by volume. To get the kick that moonshine is known for, it has to go through two more distillations—rendering it almost 100% pure alcohol. The three X’s on the jug were meant to signify that its contents had completed that triple-step process, and also that it might just be strong enough to knock your shoes off, curl your hair and take your breath away for the next thirty-six hours.

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  • Reply Quick Fact: The classic X's on moonshine bottles refer to the amount... - Quick Facts May 2, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    […] The classic X’s on moonshine bottles refer to the amount of times it had been through the still, and that more X’s meant a higher alcohol by volume.. Ref: blog.uncommongoods.com/2013/uncommon-knowledge-moonshine-jugs-marked-xxx/ […]

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