State agent ends East Texas moonshiner’s family tradition
Gilmer — Jerald Jester learned to make moonshine from his grandfather in rural East Texas. He’s nothing like the new breed of urban hobbyists who buy ready-made stills on the Internet and set them up on a kitchen hotplate.
Jester, 68, who often wears blue overalls, looks like a character on the popular reality television show “Moonshiners.” He describes himself as a third-generation moonshiner. He built his still by welding together two aluminum beer kegs.
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