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Old 07-20-2006, 06:58 PM   #1
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What is the legality of making...say...your own Vodka (not for distribution obviously). I hear that Moonshine is illegal to make....or is it?

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I don't think that making any spirits "at home" is legal.

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Old 07-20-2006, 08:17 PM   #3
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I don't think that making any spirits "at home" is legal.
I don't know about making spirits, but I'm made some demons after drinking some green beer.
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Old 07-20-2006, 08:53 PM   #4
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only legal in austalia and new zealand i think
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:49 PM   #5
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You can not distill in the US without a license. It really doesn't make sense. You are allowed to make the alcohol, just not purify it. Strickly speaking you can't even freeze your beer and remove the ice.

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Isn't it a safety thing? Lot more apt to get an explosion / fire out of a still than anything beer related. Wouldn't apply to freeze-distillation, but the laws are probably written in such as a way as to not distinguish between the two.

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Isn't it a safety thing? Lot more apt to get an explosion / fire out of a still than anything beer related. Wouldn't apply to freeze-distillation, but the laws are probably written in such as a way as to not distinguish between the two.
That, and people going blind/dead from grain alcohol that's incorrectly produced. Some people just want STRENGTH and end up with ethanol or something equally dnagerous to drink.
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I can think of a couple of people around here...

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I suspect the restrictions on distilling in the USA are strictly tax related, not safety. The making of Grappa is a good example. The fermentation process can produce large amounts of methanol. The distillation process (done properly) makes it safe. Freezing hard cider to make apple jack is completely safe and just as illegal.

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Yeah, that's true, never underestimate the power of the taxing authorities.

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