I have a large ceramic jug that my grandfather used in the 1920s and 1930s to make kosher wine in Canada when it was difficult to get kosher wine from the US. Here is a picture I found on the internet of such a jug:
It is about 2 feet tall. I do not have an endoscope to look inside. I have had the jug for about 40 years and I would like to clean the inside. The purpose is to joint venture some creative moonshine production with a third generation Tennessee moonshiner who now lives in New York and who has his grandfather’s moonshine recipe. Due to special rules in NY, he can produce a significant amount without licensing or taxation in NY so long as he uses only corn, grain and other stuff produced in NY, which is what he has been doing. The moonshine I tasted over the weekend was astoundingly smooth and approachable despite the fact that it was only a few weeks old. Obviously, in order for the jug to be food safe, “clean” means very, very clean and sterilized, not just washed with soap and water. I know that there is a process for cleaning the inside of scuba tanks with a spinning chain, but that might be too violent. Any ideas?
AND if anyone knows where I can get a small used wood quarter-barrel, I would like to hear about that too. Also for experimentation with moonshine.