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Old 04-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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(b) The production of beer per household, without payment of tax, for personal or family use may not exceed:
(1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are two or more adults residing in the household, or
(2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only one adult residing in the household.


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how would the government be keeping tabs on how many gallons you brew?
provided you dont have over 100 gallons of bottled homebrew just laying around.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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It's not really an enforceable law. The only way I could even imagine it would be enforceable is if someone complained and they raided your house and snagged your brew logs. Other than that, there's nothing illegal (to my knowledge) about possessing 400 gallons of homebrew... As long as you didn't brew more than 200G/100G in a year.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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It's not really an enforceable law. The only way I could even imagine it would be enforceable is if someone complained and they raided your house and snagged your brew logs. Other than that, there's nothing illegal (to my knowledge) about possessing 400 gallons of homebrew... As long as you didn't brew more than 200G/100G in a year.
good point, it seemed like a moot law to me, even with brew logs, i dont think they can do anything
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also does US account for hard cider? here is the definition beer as per US law:

Beer. Beer, ale, porter, stout, and other similar fermented beverages (including saké and similar products) of any name or description containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume, brewed or produced from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute for malt. Standards for the production of beer appear in §25.15.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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Nothing is illegal till you get caught.

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If you ever got caught, unless you have over 100 gallons fermenting at one time you're fine.
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So, maybe avoid blogging, tweeting or otherwise boasting in a public forum about how much/often you brew?

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I've actually know of someone getting busted brewing over the limit. The ATF had been monitoring his grain purchases (why I don't know, but he must have done something to tip/piss them off) and raided his house based on the hundreds of pounds of grain he was buying. He had his limit kegged, bottled was close to 50 gal. Confiscated everything, from unused bottle caps to his keezer, to his sculpture. The fines were outrageous enough that he quit brewing and moved. I don't think it helped that he had a full bar in his garage that was regularly open for all to see... This was in nor cal by the way.

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I'm willing to bet, that the 'full bar' in the garage caused quite the commotion in the neighborhood, and that there was money changing hands.

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This was in nor cal by the way.
another reason I live in TX!
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