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Old 04-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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Distillation is illegal, freeze concentration is legal. Years ago James Spence of Basic Brewing Radio called the TTB and got that clarified.

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Old 10-23-2012, 01:57 AM   #12
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So to do this you just freeze whatever you want to concentrate. As I understand there will be a small amount of liquid left that doesn't freeze and that's what you collect?

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Old 10-23-2012, 01:59 AM   #13
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6nnR4trUKVo

This is pretty much it in a nutshell.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #14
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That was a really good video thanks revvy, I guess I'm going to have to take a crack at my first barley wine.

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:00 AM   #15
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an old man who told me how to make apple jack or how he made it back in the day. He told me to put my finished cider in a bucket and put it in a chest freezer and after a day or so use a screen or a sieve to dip out the frozen water. If distilling is illegal why is it leagal for all my local brew shops to display and sell stills?

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:05 AM   #16
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Stills are legal to own as you can distill enthenol or water amongst other things, but ditilling a beer or wine is illegal.

You can own it, but you cant make alcohol with it

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #17
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If distilling is illegal why is it legal for all my local brew shops to display and sell stills?
I don't know. Are they small? Less than 1 gallon capacity? In some locations it may be legal to own a still to distill water. Pointless when you can buy it by the gallon for less than a dollar.

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Stills are legal to own as you can distill enthenol or water amongst other things, but ditilling a beer or wine is illegal.

You can own it, but you cant make alcohol with it
To distill ethanol for fuel you still have to have a fuel alcohol permit through the TTB. If you use it on site or pump it into a gas tank it can be left as raw alcohol. If you are selling it in barrels or jugs or something else it would have to be denatured with gasoline or similar.
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If distilling is illegal why is it leagal for all my local brew shops to display and sell stills?
Well, head shops are legal, aren't they?
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And let's call it what it is and how the TTB refers to it, freeze concentration.

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If the information I've been reading over on a British board lately

http://underdogsbiteupwards.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/can-he-bodge-it-yes-he-can/

is correct, and it sounds like it is, they're allowed to use stills to distill bioethanol to use in their motor vehicles. Of course if it doesn't come out to exactly the right proof they have to find a way to dispose of it responsibly. But the Brits are creative... they usually manage to figure out something to do with it.

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