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Old 02-23-2006, 03:02 AM   #1
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I am currently living in Kansas right now and am just getting started with this homebrewing hobby. Before I get too carried away, I would like to know, has anyone heard of any state laws that limit the amount that I can produce?

I am certain that if I were to sell my beer, I would ave to get a license, but can I give away the good stuff to my friends and family without issue?

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Old 02-23-2006, 03:30 AM   #2
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I'm not familliar with the specific laws there but seems like I heard its something like 100 gallons per adult resident most places. OR something like that. Selling on the other hand is a BIG no-no. Giving away I think is totally ok.

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Old 02-23-2006, 03:31 AM   #3
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One of my book says that certain states do have limits, but they are something like 100 gallons per adult, and 200 for the head of the house... blah blah blah... it's lots. Brew away.

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Old 02-23-2006, 03:36 AM   #4
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yeah, it's a non-issue. You are allowed by law to produce (for private consumption) 100 gallons a year. That doubles to 200 gallons if there is more that one "of age" adult living in the household. You can legally transport and drink your brew anywhere you want, just don't sell it. That's where you cross the line.

President Jimmy Carter signed the bill brought forth by congress in February 1979 that made homebrewing alcoholic beverages legal.

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Old 02-23-2006, 03:42 AM   #5
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According to Charlie Papazian in The complete Joy of Home Brewing "as far as the federal government is concerned, an adult over the age of twenty-one years or older is permitted to brew not more than one hundred gallons of beer in a year. If there is more than one adult in a household, then 200 gallons of beer can be brewed in one year. That's a lot of beer!"
As far as Kansas law is concerned, you will have to inquire with the state. Maybe someone knows and can post that information for you.

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Old 02-23-2006, 04:23 AM   #6
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Where in Kansas are you? I live in Shawnee, and recently started back up brewing. Here is a link, ( if I do it right) for the law concerning brewing beer and wine for your own consumption, http://www.beertown.org/statutes/kansas.htm


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Old 02-23-2006, 02:15 PM   #7
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Additionally, to the extent that the state law was inconsistent with the federal law (thank you Jimmy Carter), the state law would be preempted. I don't think legal issues would ever arise unless you started doing something really crazy. I would be amazed by the injustice if you got a knock on the door someday about brewing beer when there are people in other houses "brewing" meth, etc.

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Old 02-23-2006, 02:42 PM   #8
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in NJ you need to file with the state to get a permit that costs $20.

http://www.state.nj.us/lps/abc/downloads/hbp.pdf

There might be something like that there also, check your state's websites.

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in NJ you need to file with the state to get a permit that costs $20.

http://www.state.nj.us/lps/abc/downloads/hbp.pdf

There might be something like that there also, check your state's websites.
I'd fill out the application and pay them the $20, then sue their ass to get the law declared invalid.
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Somebody on this board sent me the law that had brewing beer as illegal in Oklahoma. Cider and wine were legal, though so I think it was just an oversight. Also, we've got about 6 HBS in the state, so I think we're cool.

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