Large-Scale Moonshine Factory Raided - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Large-Scale Moonshine Factory Raided

Published September 9, 2011

A lab capable of producing hundreds of litres of moonshine was shut down today in Kópavogur.
RÚV reports that a police officer on patrol in the industrial quarter of Kópavogur smelled moonshine in the air, and followed the scent to the facility. At the scene, police found only one man at work, but with a large-scale production already underway.
On the site were 800 litres of gambri, or pre-batch fermentation, being stored in five 200-litre barrels. Some of the pre-batch had already been distilled into moonshine.
Police believe the man had just begun operations, and so having produced hundreds of litres in such a short time could indicate he was planning a very large-scale production.
Assistant chief of police Ómar Smári Ármannsson said that moonshine production has most certainly been on the rise in Iceland. Autumn is always a high time for moonshine sales, as students return to school and school dances begin.
For more on Icelandic moonshine culture, check out Stephanie Orford’s article on the subject.

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