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08 February 2007

to brew or not to brew...

So, I'm a homebrewer. It's a lot of work, but worth it, I think. Our next batch is a dark-dark stout. A tweaked-recipe, former Guinness clone.

It's a mash/extract brew, 1 lb roasted barley, .5 lbs chocolate barley, 2 lbs flaked barley, 3 lbs dark malt extract powder, 1 can dark malt extract syrup, 2 oz fuggles hops.

That's all beside the point.

So I says to myself, I says, "hey I've done the beer thing and I don't really like wine, but what about distilled liquor?" So I looks up my local federal agency and try to find the rules for making some delicious homemade whiskey:

There are numerous requirements that must be met that make it impractical to produce spirits for personal or beverage use. Some of these requirements are paying special tax, filing an extensive application, filing a bond, providing adequate equipment to measure spirits, providing suitable tanks and pipelines, providing a separate building (other than a dwelling) and maintaining detailed records, and filing reports. All of these requirements are listed in 27 CFR Part 19.
Nope, probably not going to happen. Lets say a reasonable estimate of 10 years aging for something I can be proud of, that's maybe 10 gallons, waiting 10 years. OR I could go to the liquor store and spend 40$ on a nice Glenlivet if I really need it.

On the plus side, I am allowed to brew 200 gallons of beer every year for personal use. That averages out to about 2000 standard (12 oz) bottles of beer.

So I can't make an ounce of whiskey without licenses and taxes, but I can make enough beer to kill myself 50 times over.

That makes sense.

5 gallons down, 195 to go.

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