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Old 10-20-2007, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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You can make your own wine and beer, can't you?

Two Georgia men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of operating a moonshine still in the Chattahoochee National Forest. One of the bootleggers faces up to 35 years in prison for his crimes: making the brew, selling it, and not paying taxes on the proceeds. Back in college, the Explainer had friends who brewed their own beer, and that wasn't against the law. So why is moonshine still illegal?

Why is it against the law to make moonshine? - By Michelle Tsai - Slate Magazine
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Some states may let folks make their own hard liquor. My state of Montana doesn't happen to be one of them but that really doesn't stop many people from doing it.
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:48 AM
 
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The problem is with SELLING it and not collecting or paying taxes.
It's the same thing with making your own beer and wine. Quanity is limited to what could be considered 'home use.' And you do not get to sell it....it's those dratted taxes again!

Nobody would ever believe that if you made two or three barrels of the stuff that you planned on drinking it all yourself. Moonshine isn't something that could be whipped up in the kitchen.......although, once I did made a miniture still and distilled some on the top of the stove for a science project. I got alcohol!!!
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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what does it taste like? I just moved to Tenn 2 years ago....had no idea what its made of, I have heard of bathtub gin-

lol College gives you an education....
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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what does it taste like? I just moved to Tenn 2 years ago....had no idea what its made of, I have heard of bathtub gin-

lol College gives you an education....
Hubby says to go to the garage and take a sip of turpentine.....he swears he'll never be within a mile of it again....
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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lol- I think I will stay away from it then. I mention this bcs I asked a friend what wine I could bring, and they were like...we make our own stuff... (??)
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:42 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Taxes, taxes taxes. If the government doesn't get a cut, they don't want you to profit.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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Also, anything for public consumption has to pass FDA and health dept inspections, etc.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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what does it taste like? I just moved to Tenn 2 years ago....had no idea what its made of, I have heard of bathtub gin-
Moonshine actually "tastes" like rocket fuel - only stronger - if you ever get a chance you should go visit Lynchburg and watch them make Jack Daniels - course you can't BUY Jack Daniels IN Lynchburg - (because it is a dry county )

But it is a facinating process

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Moonshine--How to Make It
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Georgia.I rather be in GODS country Tennessee.Everybody knows Gods a VOLS fan.
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Moonshine actually "tastes" like rocket fuel - only stronger - if you ever get a chance you should go visit Lynchburg and watch them make Jack Daniels - course you can't BUY Jack Daniels IN Lynchburg - (because it is a dry county )

But it is a facinating process

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Moonshine--How to Make It
What does rocket fuel taste like?
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