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Old 11-07-2005, 06:49 PM   #1
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I know this isnt anything to do with beer, but if there are any distillers here i was wondering if you can tell me how i can measure the proof of the alchohol after i have distilled it and how to change that....

 
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:09 PM   #2
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I got into home brewing cuz I was first interested in home distilling so I kinda have done a lot of reading about this but never actualy tried distilling . . . . . yet.

I'm pretty sure I have seen hydrometers that will tell ya the proof of your hoch. Also if ya want to raise the proof you are gonna have to distill it again or use a doubler when you are distilling it the first time. If your prrof is higher then you'd like and/or high enuff you are concerned about a fire hazard you can cut it with good clean distilled water and it will cut your proof down to a level thats a bit less "explosive"

My wife cleaned out all my bookmarked distilling links, but I'll see if I can scrounge them up again and post a few that may help ya out some

*EDIT* kk found this one again, was the main one I used to study
http://www.homedistiller.org/
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:12 PM   #3
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Old 11-07-2005, 08:26 PM   #4
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I got into home brewing cuz I was first interested in home distilling so I kinda have done a lot of reading about this but never actualy tried distilling . . . . . yet. *EDIT* kk found this one again, was the main one I used to study http://www.homedistiller.org/
Distilling is still illegal in the States....sorry, just trying to warn you.
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Old 11-07-2005, 09:58 PM   #5
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I dont live in the states

 
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:40 PM   #6
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I dont live in the states
But Pumbaa does!
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:50 PM   #7
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Distilling is still illegal in the States....sorry, just trying to warn you.
What makes distilling illegal in the states?

 
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:58 PM   #8
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maybe it's leftover from prohibition?

maybe it's because distilling is relatively dangerous compared to brewing wine/beer/mead?

maybe it's just because the government wants to make money off of selling distilling licenses to big manufacturers?

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Old 11-08-2005, 04:00 PM   #9
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What makes distilling illegal in the states?
Specifically, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Practically I imagine it's a combination of leftover-Prohibition prudishness, health concerns, and pressure from commercial distillers.

An individual can legally distill in the US, but it's hardly worth the hassle. You have to get a permit from ATF, the equipment they limit you to is virtually useless, you're only allowed to distill a small amount annually, and I believe you have to pay taxes on what you do distill.

However, I generally get to sample moonshine 2-3 times a year so the ATF probably has bigger fish to fry, like internet cigarette sales!

 
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:01 PM   #10
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By the way....

a bill is currently before Congress (Bill H.R. 3249) designed to legalize home distilling. It was sponsored by Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan and has been referred to the Ways and Means committee. Its progress can be followed by reference to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.html

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