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Old 01-22-2009, 06:54 AM   #1
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For anyone who can help with this topic,
I have a friend who is pagan and part of a pagan community that is recognized by the state of Illinois as a "church." This friend has been asking me if I could sell her coven some mead for their practices. I understand the laws of selling homebrew, but does anyone know if the law is different when it comes to religious purposes?

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Old 01-22-2009, 06:59 AM   #2
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I don't think is makes any difference as to what it is for.

but you could charge her for the ingredients to brew the stuff, and a storage fee for the items

OR, you could just teach them how to make it !

I would still check the local laws about all of this!

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Old 01-22-2009, 10:15 AM   #3
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Just gift it to her and don't worry about it...As long as no exchange of money is made (i.e. Selling it)) the no one will be care. And any legalities would be moot. It would be no different than like I did, gave homebrew sampler's as gifts for Christmas, what she does with it after the fact is on her, whether she drinks it herself, shares it with friends or uses it for ritual purposes, just as lone as SHE doesn't sell it.

But is she's a non profit and gives you a donation recipt at the end of the year, I wouldn't accept it, nor would I try to write it off...that would be the same as accepting payment.

Don't overcomplicate the matter, just give it to her...and teach her how to make it herself...they could probably tie the making of it, and drinking of the first batch of the season, into their ritual calendar.

And then recommend this book to her as well.

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Old 01-22-2009, 01:23 PM   #4
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I would just consider it a donation. Like the others said, Have her give you money for supplies and maybe storage fee or a labor cost. All should be unofficial/under table AND for small quantities. Like 1-2 5 gallon batches at most. I have heard a number of people do mead making classes and have them bring/compensate you for the material cost as well as a fee for the class. That is legal. I have the book above but not really impressed with it as a mead making book. I do wish to try Sage Mead though.

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:19 PM   #5
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+1 on the class fee, I know a couple people who have done this and it is legal. +1 on that book too, it's a bit out there, but fascinating.

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:31 PM   #6
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Have them buy the materials and give them to you.Then if they really feel they still owe you something, teach them how to homebrew and they can give you some of their stuff... On an individual basis, of course.

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Nice Gif Domminigan
I 3rd or 4rth or wahtever having her buy teh ingredients and "storage fee". Don't sell alcohol. "Donate" it.

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For anyone who can help with this topic,
I have a friend who is pagan and part of a pagan community that is recognized by the state of Illinois as a "church." This friend has been asking me if I could sell her coven some mead for their practices. I understand the laws of selling homebrew, but does anyone know if the law is different when it comes to religious purposes?

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Why not just give it as an offering?
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Thanks! It comes in Keg version too.
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Have them buy the honey for you and any odd spices they might want.

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