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Old 10-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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Is selling brewing beer kit is considered as selling alcohol in USA ?


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Old 10-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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All the ingredients are "food grade", meaning the individual parts could be used to create things other than beer.


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Old 10-09-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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Hi everyone,

Is selling brewing beer kit is considered as selling alcohol in USA ?
Not at all. You can sell any part of a beer kit, even after mixing it up, right until you put the yeast in. As soon as you put the yeast in, even if the yeast hasn't had any time to make alcohol, it's considered beer and you can't sell it.

Before yeast it put in = Good
After yeast is put in = Bad
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I've heard of folks getting around it this way: at a renaissance fair these folks where selling "souvenir mugs"... filled with homemade mead
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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I've heard of folks getting around it this way: at a renaissance fair these folks where selling "souvenir mugs"... filled with homemade mead
They aren't getting around anything, they are just selling booze without a permit and nobody is paying attention.
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Haha, good point
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How do they (the feds) know if there is yeast in it? I always thought that once the wort fermented to .5% APV or more, then it's beer.

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Could I open a store front selling prepared wort and packets of yeast near a large college campus?

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Welcome to the realm of things that are OK to buy/make/own and illegal when you are caught in the act of violating a law.

You can buy/make/own a distillation still however when you start it up and make whiskey you are now performing a illegal act.

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Could I open a store front selling prepared wort and packets of yeast near a large college campus?

You would probably get shut down for doing something wrong under some law made back in the 1800's...
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Could I open a store front selling prepared wort and packets of yeast near a large college campus?

Sure, why not? Although I think the college kids want there beer a little faster.

Malt extract is basically dehydrated wort. My LHBS is a couple blocks from UW Madison and a private high school.


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