Category Archives: Legal

A Distillers’ Guide To Excise Duty (Excise Tax Considerations)

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From the Author: This article has been written as a necessity given the variety of rules and regulations concerning the distillation of spirits in a variety of countries. Mark Rowbotham is a former Officer of HM Customs & Excise in the UK, now part of HM Revenue & Customs, and is now a consultant in{…}

Is Making Moonshine Illegal In Florida (Explained)

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So, you live in Florida and want to get your hands busy and make moonshine? Or maybe you’re just curious about the legalities surrounding the manufacturing of moonshine? It’s illegal to distill moonshine or any other spirits in the state of Florida at both a state level and a federal level. It’s also illegal to{…}

Is Making Moonshine Illegal In Texas? (Explained)

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The state government has a legal monopoly in Texas, which means that you can’t legally make alcohol without getting the necessary permits and licenses. To understand the laws that govern the manufacturing of moonshine, carry on reading this article. What is Moonshine And Why Is It Called Moonshine? Moonshine is alcohol that has been stored{…}

Is Making Moonshine Illegal In Ohio? (Explained!)

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If you want to make moonshine in Ohio, you might also be wondering: is that legal? The prohibition era is over, but that doesn’t mean you can just fire up the backyard still and start moonshining. In this article, we’ll look at the legal status of making moonshine in Ohio. What is Moonshine and Why{…}

Is Making Moonshine Illegal In California? (Explained!)

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Moonshine is a very special American drink with a rich history, but making it the old-fashioned way in California can land you in jail. In this article, we’ll look at the legal status of making moonshine in California. What is Moonshine and Why is it called Moonshine? Moonshine is clear grain alcohol made from corn{…}

Is Making Moonshine Illegal In Alabama? (Explained!)

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Alabama has a rich cultural tradition of moonshining, but is it actually legal? In this article, we’ll look at the legal requirements to produce moonshine in Alabama. What is Moonshine and why is it called Moonshine? The term “moonshine” comes from bootleggers in the prohibition who made their liquor in homemade stills under the cover of{…}

How Much Does A Distilling License Cost In Australia?

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For Aussies, doing it yourself is in your DNA. I’ve lived there myself and seen firsthand how the ‘have a go’ attitude works. So why can’t you distill alcohol yourself in Australia? Why do you need a license? This article will answer the questions you have regarding the cost of a distillery and the licenses{…}

How To Get A Distilling License (In The USA)

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During the prohibition era, Americans operated illegal moonshine stills and produced homemade spirits in secret.  Although prohibition ended, there are still laws preventing the unregulated distillation and sale of spirits in the US. If you want to distill liquor at home or open a small craft distillery, you can make this dream a reality, but{…}

Can Tequila Be Made Outside Of Mexico? (What Are The Rules?)

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Can tequila be made outside of Mexico? Yes, but it is illegal to call it Tequila, and it will probably not taste the same.  Tequila may only be named tequila if it is manufactured from 100% Blue Weber agave and produced in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Anything manufactured with{…}

Is Home Distilling Legal In My Country? (Answered!)

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As you may already have realized, most governments around the world place restrictions on the act of distilling your own spirits at home. This is mostly due to the following reasons; New Zealand is the only western country where home distilling is completely legal. Others will permit you to distill spirits yourself under restrictions, but{…}

8 Vevor Replacement Parts and Upgrades (Master Distiller Advises)

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How to Make Pitorro At Home (Step-by-Step Guide)

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The Best Still For Making Whiskey (In 2024)

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The Best Still For Making Vodka (In 2024)

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The Best Thermometer For Distilling (In 2024)

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How To Cut Heads and Tails When Making Gin

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