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Old 07-07-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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So I was wondering if anyone has actually had the neighbors call the cops on them for brewing. My parents were quite worried about it the other day when they came home and saw what my brewing set up looks like. They were worried people might think I was distilling or cooking meth. Especially because of the copper coil lol. So has anyone actually had the cops called on them?

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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Let them call. You're not doing anything illegal.

I was brewing the other day in my back yard and my neighbor asked me if I was making moonshine because he saw the copper immersion chiller. Though he's not the type to call the cops. he was just wondering.

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
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My neighbor across the street yelled out "Ya making meth over there?" once. I yelled back "beer" but I don't think that's what he heard...he just looked at me funny and that was that.

I'm still waiting for him to call the cops. I'm also waiting till my beer is kegged to have him over and show him what it's about.

Course, he might think I'm hiding meth in my beer...

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:49 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's the IC that looks like some kind of crazy vapor condenser that people always ask about. Like special hops says, let 'em call the cops, homebrewing is legal. Just make sure, if you have overzealous, bored-assed keystone cops in your area, that you don't have any other violations when they show up. There are way too many keystone cops out there that have nothing better to do than write you a ticket for something like "incorrect mailbox mounting height" or some crap like that...and believe me, if you looked on the local ordinance books, you'd probably find 15 things that you're violating right now by simply eating, breathing and sleeping. They just usually choose not to enforce it...but some bored cops will do just that.

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No cops, but I have had people walking down the street come ask me what I was doing. I tell them and the guys say "cool, can I see" and then start asking questions - their swmbo's are usually trying to pull them back ionto the street at that point.

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #6
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I thought I read an article earlier, months ago actually, where someone was hauled in by the cops, no questions asked...it was called in by a neighbor who thought he was up to something illegal...

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What if you are in the backyard brewing naked? Is that illegal?

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there was that video of COPS someone posted a couple months back of the guy who they busted for other offenses, but they found home brewing equipment in his garage and the cops took it in as evidence. I remember the cop at the end of the segment saying something like, well this home beer making stuff is fun and all, but if you have one bad batch you can kill yourself or go blind... something to that effect.

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there was that video of COPS someone posted a couple months back of the guy who they busted for other offenses, but they found home brewing equipment in his garage and the cops took it in as evidence. I remember the cop at the end of the segment saying something like, well this home beer making stuff is fun and all, but if you have one bad batch you can kill yourself or go blind... something to that effect.
I think that was the one I was referring to..., but also another...
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I don't know anyone who has had that happen. Not even Bill; who looks like a shady character, talks really fast, lives in bad areas and has enough brewing & distilling equipment to launch a space shuttle.

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