- Hi all
I've been brewing beer for about eighteen months now, and recently moved
into all-grain brewing. While I'd like to try my hand at distilling, as an
Australian I'm worried about the high personal costs associated with
breaking the law.
For example, if I were to pick up a 5L pot still and use it to distill
spirits, I'd be paying around AUS$300 to break the law.
However, I've heard that if I were to buy just the reflux condenser, I could
stick it on a spare beer keg or even a plastic fermenter with an element and
make a 25L reflux still. This way it'd only be about NZ$215/AUS$170 to
break the law. Is this true?
- Yeah go figure, we can own a still, and we can make beer, wort, and wash legally. Once you put the two together, then we can end up in jail. We can make all of the ethanol bio-fuel we want legally with a TTB permit, but you have to make it undrinkable by adding chemicals such as gasoline. In two US states, its now legal to grow your own pot, and you can now buy pot over the counter in those states. Almost every state in the US allows medical pot.With this in mind, it might be time for us to change state regulations rather then focusing on changing TTB Regulations through the US Senate to allow hobby distilling. Alli's and other's efforts are commendable, but it will not be easy to change Fed Regulations as a whole.I for one will focus my efforts on trying to change New York State House and Senate minds on hobby distilling. What can the TTB really do if New York State legalizes hobby distilling? I will stress hobby distilling as a stepping stone and training tool for future legal Pico, Nano, and Micro distilleries here in New York State. Pico, Nano, and Micro distilleries would provide new jobs and add extra taxes to NYS's coffers. All of that extra grain required to produce spirits will help agriculture in NYS. New taxes and jobs should be enough to sell legal hobby distilling in NYS.Robert
From: "wzuccarello@..." <wzuccarello@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:12 AM
Subject: [new_distillers] RE: Newbie
Not sure about the laws in Au, but in the U.S. It it is not illegal to buy a still, just illegal to use it for producing alcohol.