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Old 06-19-2009, 09:24 PM   #11
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If your friend says that the danger comes from chemical toxins rather than pathogens, we can beat that too.

Your friend may be thinking of home distilling where, if you don't know what you're doing, you can produce other organics and alcohols other than ethanol (such as methanol) that are hazardous in quantities sufficient to harm you. But that is because you are concentrating all of the volatiles produced during fermentation, so what is as very low concentrations in beer can be very high in a distilled beverage.

Most finished homebrew has a alcohol content between 4-6 % by volume, most of which is ethanol (the good stuff...). The other 94-96% is pretty much water. If you start out with toxin-laden water, then you're probably going to get poison beer. But maybe not.

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #12
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Wow thank you all for your good responses. I will have some talking points.

Why is homebrewing hard alcohol illegal?
When distilling hard alcohol if not done properly you can end up with dangerous levels of methanol.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:33 PM   #13
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Poor decision could result from too much homebrew...
That needs to be a Keyboard Cat video.

I'd convince your friend that homebrew is deadly, and he's better off not drinking any of yours. More for you!
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:43 PM   #14
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Why is homebrewing hard alcohol illegal?
Same reason anything is illegal, there's a law against it.

Making distilled products can result in high concentrations of methanol. Which makes it somewhat unsafe.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #15
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There is a real danger in brewing beer!

It is called OBSESSION!

If anyone gets in my way of brewing I'll go Hannibal Lecter on their ass!

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If distillation of spirits was outlawed because of the dangers of improper methods, then the BATFE or FDA or regular police would be the ones raiding stills.
Since they're not, and the United States Department of Revenue are the ones that raid stills, you can bet your arse the only reason it's illegal is cos the gummint wants your taxes from the sale of commercial liquor.
It's an unjust law. It needs to be repealed.

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Old 06-20-2009, 02:02 AM   #17
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:03 AM   #18
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Wow thank you all for your good responses. I will have some talking points.

Why is homebrewing hard alcohol illegal?
Tax purposes... seriously... uncle sam wants it's cut.

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it was safer than the water.
Exactly, they drank the beer because it didn't give them cholera.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:04 AM   #19
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Same reason anything is illegal, there's a law against it.

Making distilled products can result in high concentrations of methanol. Which makes it somewhat unsafe.
It's the taxes, you know who busts the moonshiners? The tax men.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:22 AM   #20
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the real danger is finding out how ignorant your friends are....
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