Go On Moonshine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Go On Moonshine

Just down the road from the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee...You'll find a hollow where roosters still crow, farmers still drive tractors...and dogs still enjoy a lazy afternoon...

But that's not all.

You'll also find a working still...That's right... the kind of set up that produces what Tennessee is known for in some parts...
White Lightning...Moonshine.

Making moonshine?

Shelley McClanahan with Dogwood Energy says, "We have so many people with so much support telling us this is the most American thing I have ever heard and it's so cool you guys are doing this."

This isn't just any moonshine-making operation.

Nobody's drinking this stuff...

This little operation makes fuel...that's right...ethanol fuel...

Cheaper than gas...made right here at home...

It's the real McCoy.

McClanahan continues, "The ethanol is still rising as the water is falling."

It is truly a "Mom and Pop" business in Tullahoma, Tennessee...about 70 miles south of Nashville.

Dogwood Energy began making and selling copper stills right after Hurricane Katrina caused fuel prices to soar.

Bonnie Sasher with Dogwood Energy says, "We just kind of played with it. We were looking for a way to make fuel for ourselves. We knew it was legal. It's always been legal."

Now the upstart company has customers and inquiries from around the world.

The main office for Dogwood Energy is in a very cramped space. In fact, it's not unusual for people to just walk in off the street to buy a still or if you want to make your own...they'll sell you the design plan.

Dogwood officials say they are now selling 300 plans a day and upwards of 20 to 25 stills a day.

The 14-hundred dollar stills are hand-made.

It all starts with corn that is made into mash. But you don't have to use corn...you can use any starch.

You can literally make it in your backyard.

All you need is a permit from the E-P-A, a container for the mash, a heat source, the still, water and a container for the ethanol... And an attachment for your car...and you're on your way to cheaper fuel.

It's not a new idea. Remember the Model T. It was built to run on alcohol.

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