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Old 12-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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I've been being for a few years and never really looked into the legalities of home brewing. Does anyone have references to the laws involved. I remember reading somewhere that you cannot brew more than 500 gallons a year while still claiming to be recreational. Is there any laws in regards to ABV?


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Old 12-28-2012, 11:53 PM   #2
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100 gallons for single adult, or household with just one person of drinking age. 200 gallons for 2 (or more) adults of legal drinking age. 200 gallons is the absolute cap on how much you can make/brew per year.

Go over to AHA site and look up your state in the HomeBrewing Rights section.

As far as I know, as long as you JUST use yeast in what you make (no concentration of alcohol through heat or cold) you'll not hit the max. BUT, the AHA site has it all spelled out for you.


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Old 12-29-2012, 01:19 AM   #3
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Depends on your state. Here in Ga apparently it's 50 gals per calendar year
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:27 AM   #4
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Depends on your state. Here in Ga apparently it's 50 gals per calendar year
Right, but it won't exceed the federal limit, which is what I posted earlier.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:39 AM   #5
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In CA it's 100 gal. per person up to 200 gal. for a "household". No laws regarding ABV...as long as you aren't distilling.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:50 AM   #6
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Washington state law limits it to 20 gallons :lame:

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:53 AM   #7
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This has links to the original legislation. History of Home Brewing Legalization in the U.S. (seeking info) History of Home Brewing Legalization in the U.S.
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Washington state law limits it to 20 gallons :lame:
You sure about that??

Special Provisions
66.28.140 allows for the removal of up-to 20 gallons of family wine or beer (implied by 66.12.010) for use in tastings or competitions.

I didn't see where it mentioned any other volume limitation. Not saying you're not right, just don't see it on the AHA page for that state.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:47 AM   #9
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I read it wrong. It's only the transporting limit.

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:51 AM   #10
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I read it wrong. It's only the transporting limit.
feel better now??? Now, what's your gallon target for 2013 going to be??


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