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Old 09-26-2008, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default How legal is underage homebrew?

Man, I should of thought of this when I was 18... As far as I can tell, here in Colorado it is legal to buy homebrew supplies and ingredients, but it is illegal to possess alcohol if under 21. BUT I think there area some fuzzy laws about being independent and consuming alcohol in your own home if you are under 21. Not that I condone underage drinking, and I hope I'm not giving anyone any bad ideas, but simply out of curiosity: can anyone (maybe some LEOs) tell me how legal it would be for an eighteen year old to brew beer?

Of course, I don't think I would have had the patience for it at that age...

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Old 09-26-2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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as soon as you drop yeast in there it becomes alcohol and thus illegal for minors.

as far as I know, thats where the law stands in most states.

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Old 09-26-2008, 02:06 AM   #3
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it's really only illegal in my book if you are apprehended. i mean if i run a stop light at 0300 on an empty street and don't get pulled over or cause an accident, i haven't broken any law, according to my recollection.

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So with that logic, if you kill someone and don't get caught, it's OK?

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Isn't it legal in some states to drink at 18? I think your question would be state specific.

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Louisiana was the last state to go from 18 to 21, so now all 50 require one to be 21 in order to purchase and/or drink beer.

You certainly can't stop someone who's underage from buying homebrew supplies - grains, yeast, hops, etc, are all completely innocuous on their own.

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So with that logic, if you kill someone and don't get caught, it's OK?
never was talking about right and wrong, just legality. a subtle difference imo.

or did you mean when i run the red light?
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I don't know the answer to the OP's question, but I do know that I have an 11 year old who likes to help me bottle.

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I think the line he's drawing is that if noone gets hurt, then no foul. He runs a red light at 3am, no problem. He runs a red light at 3am and hits someone... then there's a problem.

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If you brew and no one finds out. who cares?

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