|Meal Wine Brewing|
This is what Cecil Bragg has to say about it in his book, Ocracoke Island: Pearl of the Outer Banks:
"Corn meal wine, now there was a concoction that had a kick like an eight gauge shot gun when fired. Without giving the formula, let's just say it was made from corn meal, sugar and yeast cakes, and set in the sun for fermenting. After three days it was drawn off and bottled. It was now drinkable, and the longer it sat the more potent it became. One old fellow used to say that three glasses full would make anyone fight a circular saw. What a revelry often happened, and sometimes a few fist fights, too."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Ellen Marie Cloud's first-person account of the Great Ocracoke Lighthouse Window Heist. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012117.htm.