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Old 01-31-2007, 06:52 AM   #21
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Yes, and you can distill water legally. As well as essential oils from plants and that kind of stuff.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:09 AM   #22
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I may have a big MF water distiller knocking around somewhere.
I love my essential oils.

BYO advertise stills.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:44 AM   #23
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Its not too hard to obtain a license for distilling alcohol for alternate fuels. I knew some guys in Asheville, NC that had the license and were making TONS. THey had a huge still in their basement.

Is it legal to do the old freeze your beer, collect the alcohol thingy? My friend told me about making some apple cider and doing the freezing thing.

Personally I'm more of a beer man, but I do have a taste for liquor (not like I used to). I love a tumbler of Dewar's on the rocks, I'm also fond of some high end bourbon on the rocks. Crafting liquor is a bit of an art itself.

 
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Is it legal to do the old freeze your beer, collect the alcohol thingy? My friend told me about making some apple cider and doing the freezing thing
Yes but the man won't come for you if you try it.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:59 AM   #25
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The freezing beer thing is not distillation by the scientific definition, but according to the law it is. It is also illegal.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:00 AM   #26
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It's the purification/increasing strength by removing water that's the key.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:25 PM   #27
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It's the purification/increasing strength by removing water that's the key.
IMHO it' may be time again . . .
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_rebellion











(dont worry Orfy your safe this time)
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:43 PM   #28
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You can obtain a License from ATF in order to distill ethanol for use in engines. Its a lengthy process but entirely legal in most states. I bet in 50 years when our oil runs out everyone will have themselves a nifty reflux still in their backyards along with several rows of corn...

Also I would not be concerned with "underage distillers". The process and equipment needed to make good hooch is greatly more complicated that making good beer. I'm sure 99.9999% of underage drinkers out there wouldn't make the effort or know how to begin in the first place.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:55 PM   #29
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I bet in 50 years when our oil runs out everyone will have themselves a nifty reflux still in their backyards along with several rows of corn...
I'll take that bet . . . The reason it's illegal to distill isnt for safety or temprence it's because Uncle Sam wants his tax $$
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:56 PM   #30
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A friend of mine is a 'wine guy' and when he got married a few years ago someone bought him THIS - it is a small scale home distillation kit. I mention <and link> it for discussion purposes, not to condone the potential use of it. Now, I'm not going to trust a writeup in a catalog as fact but they specifically mention that it is "legal in most states" to distill up to 5 gallons per year. Any insight into this? I mean, if it is absolutely illegal then how does this company get away with selling the kit specifically as a 'distillation kit'?

And BTW, it works. We've made all sorts of interesting stuff, mainly grappas.

 
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