Re: [Distillers] Re: StillDrinkin.com GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
- At 07:11 AM 12/5/2007, you wrote:
>Remember -It's important to remember how many of our laws about distilling came
>this country was founded by a bunch of rebels.
It has little to do with prohibition, public health or any of the
other BS arguments put forward by spin doctors and politicians.
In the early days, (when George Washington still had a still) new
settlers from Europe headed out into the hinterlands. Many of these
people came from European roots with strong distilling traditions
such as the Irish.
Roads were little more than tracks.
These folks often ended up farming and corn was fairly easy to grow.
Getting the product to market involved wagons, animals and tracks
that broke wheels and terrain that was daunting.
Some folks distilled their product into alcohol and found not only
could a mule carry two barrels of alcohol to market, the price was
virtually the same as the price for corn. This was a no brainer.
Enter the established distillers, the concept of lobbying, government
(even though rebel raised) eager for taxes and you have a recipe for
making distilling illegal.
I'd be guessing the annual costs to society of alcohol abuse of
highly purified products produced by rich bastard distilling
companies is far more than the social ills of "freelancers" over the
entire history of the USof A.
My apologies to all the non North Americans who chose to read
this. I'm guessing the histories in Aus, NZ, Sweden or wherever is
much the same.
The good news for those of us that make product for ourselves and
close friends is that there are way more important social ills for
the forces of law and order to investigate than whether you and I are
producing a few gallons of hooch every year.
I never give it a thought, but I am also circumspect.
"From the cradle to the crypt it's a mighty short trip
So you'd better get it while you can!"
-from the Ballad of Carl Martin by Steve Goodman