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Old 11-10-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Is there an age limit on buying everything to brew beer or wine? I was in my LHBS last night and group of young ( maybe early 20s) guys came in. Started me to thinking. If your an 18 y/o and can't buy beer. Could you brew it? As far as I know there is no age limit... Just some random thoughts while I figure a way of getting out of doing the "honey do list" .... Cheers

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Old 11-10-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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You need to be of legal drinking age in order to buy brewing supplies (where I am at least). Just like being able to become a member here.

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Depends on the jurisdiction, I'd think. Most LHBs and mail suppliers are smart enough to realize that they'd better be 'proactive' with respect to this as are most breweries' web sites and, apparently, this forum. What possible harm can come to a 18 y/o from reading this forum? He can order DeClerck from Amazon. Should that be banned too?

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I think it would be pretty easy for underage kids to get brewing equipment and supplies mail order. I've never seen an age verification on any site.

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My HBS didn't have anything posted about under age sales. That's not saying they don't check.

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I think it would be pretty easy for underage kids to get brewing equipment and supplies mail order. I've never seen an age verification on any site.
They would need to use a credit card on most sites. Even if they used paypal, I think it would be pretty easy to confirm age.

I also think that most kids (people under 21 ARE kids) are more interested in getting F'd up than making something great. Plus, having the patience needed to brew a batch, and properly ferment it, is [typically] beyond them. Sure, there are exceptions, but those are [IMO] few and far between.
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They would need to use a credit card on most sites. Even if they used paypal, I think it would be pretty easy to confirm age.

I also think that most kids (people under 21 ARE kids) are more interested in getting F'd up than making something great. Plus, having the patience needed to brew a batch, and properly ferment it, is [typically] beyond them. Sure, there are exceptions, but those are [IMO] few and far between.
Good points... Hard for a 18-19 to wait for a month or more for things to be ready...
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I've not ever heard of a law restricting access to brewing ingredients or equipment, but I believe it's universal (within the universe that is the US) that you must be of drinking age to homebrew legally.

It would be pretty hard to restrict access to brewing equipment, since no specialized equipment is actually needed. I don't see how you could restrict the ingredients either, because they all have non-alcoholic uses. The specialty yeasts would be extremely rare to use for anything else, and very few people do anything else with hops, I suppose. Still, given that you can brew an alcoholic beverage with table sugar and bread yeast, all a restriction would do is keep a kid from brewing something pleasant.

It wouldn't surprise me if brew shops would be hesitant to sell to someone obviously underage, though. As others have said above, while it'd be hard to make a legal distinction, as common sense everyone would know what was going on. It's in all homebrewers' interests to voluntarily comply with the spirit of the law and avoid abetting underage brewers.

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They would need to use a credit card on most sites. Even if they used paypal, I think it would be pretty easy to confirm age.

I also think that most kids (people under 21 ARE kids) are more interested in getting F'd up than making something great. Plus, having the patience needed to brew a batch, and properly ferment it, is [typically] beyond them. Sure, there are exceptions, but those are [IMO] few and far between.
As a college student I can't disagree more. Many of my friends and I enjoy good quality beer, do we get drunk sometimes? Yes. But so do many non "kids" even people who have "the patience needed to brew a batch." Your generalization is not indicative of many "kids."
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