Price contacted the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, who came out and asked Walker a series of questions.
"He said his grandpa and dad had showed him how to make it and he had been brewing moonshine for a long time," Price said, something that is common in West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia.
"There is probably a bunch of [illegal moonshine stills] out there, but not in an apartment complex," he said. "He had no place to move around."
Price said that, when brewing moonshine, there is a certain amount of ether that is a part of the process. What makes homebrewed 'shine so dangerous is that, if it's not cooked right, that ether can get into your system and kill you.
"A lot of people have died because they don't know what they're doing," he said.
And the old wives' tale about how drinking moonshine can make you go blind? True, Price said.
"There is a product that, if it is not run-off or cooked properly, can severely affect your eyesight," Price said the ABCC told him during the process.
Methanol is toxic to the optic nerves, and during the time of Prohibition, moonshiners usually added it to increase the proof of their beverage. If not properly removed, it can cause severe health problems, including loss of eyesight.
There are distilleries in the state that do legally make moonshine and sell it to liquor stores, however they are regulated to make sure "they get all the poison out," Price said.
Although moonshine and corn whiskey are illegal in the state, people are allowed to brew their own wine and beer, with certain gallon restrictions.
Although Nichols and Price stumbled upon a still, neither of them are actively looking for them.
"We're pretty much all focused on drugs," Price said. Many of the stills are out in more rural areas, and it's rare to find one out in the open. "It's just hard to find them."
However, he said, people shouldn't see that as an all clear to brew all the 'shine they want.
"We'll take care of it when we see it," Price said.
"It's still illegal," Nichols added. However, "I'd rather put a [methamphetamine] lab in jail than a moonshiner."
Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathr...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.