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Old 12-12-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Eves dropping at the bar

While sitting at the bar at a local winery I overheard an interesting question. The story went like this a person makes wine at home and gives some away but also takes "Donations towards fruit and supplies" for some of it.
So here is what my brain heard, "They found a loop hole around not being able to sell the homemade wine, they take donations". What are your thoughts on this?

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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Feds are not this easily fooled.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:21 AM   #3
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Sounds fair to me, and in moderation should not be a problem unless they are trying to get away with something they know better than.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:32 AM   #4
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Do a search on here.

There are plenty of threads from people who are dumb enough to think they can get away with breaking the numerous laws that prevent selling homebrew and stupid enough to talk about it on a hugely popular homemade alcohol site that properly has rules against talking about illegal activities.

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If it's not illegal, it's not illegal.

I recently accompanied a group to a local brewery this summer. Brewery tours cost $20 which includes unlimited "free samples" which would, obviously, be illegal to sell directly out of the brewery on a cash basis.

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Not sure how this would be illegal. If a friend gives you 20lb of homegrown strawberries he can't use, would it be illegal to give him a bottle of strawberry wine as a thank you?

This area is very grey. My friend have me 60lb of apples. I intend to give her a bottle of cider. I think that's common courtesy, not breaking the law

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:10 AM   #7
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It's still illegal in Texas.

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:16 AM   #8
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Not sure how this would be illegal. If a friend gives you 20lb of homegrown strawberries he can't use, would it be illegal to give him a bottle of strawberry wine as a thank you?

This area is very grey. My friend have me 60lb of apples. I intend to give her a bottle of cider. I think that's common courtesy, not breaking the law
IF the person giving you the base ingredients has ANY expectation of getting a fermented product in return (at another time, etc.) then I'm pretty sure it's illegal. If you plan to give them something unfermented (0% ABV), then it doesn't really matter.
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I think a few of you missed what I said. This person sounded like they took "Donations" as in money not fruit. Sounded like this, "Hey how much for a bottle of your wine? I am sorry I can't sell homeade wine, but if you would like to make a cash donation towards the cost of fruit, etc. that would be ok."

Sounds like bootlegging to me, but hey people have been doing it 100 years, I doubt it will change now.

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:45 AM   #10
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