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Old 01-05-2009, 05:22 AM   #21
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You will have to check with your state,
*IF* you get the federal tax stamp,
You are allowed to manufacture up to 30 Gallons of distilled spirits for 'PERSONAL CONSUMPTION' without paying the federal tax or breaking federal law.

The tax stamp for the still is $200.

You many still be in violation of State, County or Local laws.
Many states, counties, and local municipalities/townships have 'Blue Laws' contrary to federal law.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:06 AM   #22
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:52 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by matt g View Post
Stills are surprisingly easy to make. Making moonshine is illegal, but the government and most states do allow for someone to still a certain amount of ethanol for fuel use. Google 'alcohol+still plans' and it should turn up some plans.

You can whip out a few gallons per week with a couple of garbage cans, a turkey fryer and some copper tubing.
Yup, you SHOULD do the search, if for no other reason than that answer...

NEVER use anything with 'Galvanized' coatings,
DO NOT use a turkey fryer to cook out of...
And you would be MUCH better off with Stainless Steel than copper!
Copper is VERY hard to clean and causes large problems if you don't get it clean.

I use Stainless Steel pot for cooking.
You CAN use bare steel, but make sure you sand it first before using.
Stainless steel 55 gallon barrels are CHEAP, about $55 brand new...

Even cheaper if you find them 'USED FOOD GRADE' that flavorings or food grade solvents came in.
Just make sure they aren't lined with some epoxy or anodized inside.

I'm using giant stainless industrial pressure cooker for my cooker.
Works great, cost $15 at auction, a candy makers cooker...
But with stainless you do have to watch your heat since stainless doesn't distribute the heat evenly like copper or brass/bronze does.

NEVER use anything with Cadmium, Zinc, Lead, 'Copper Wash' Ect. for your 'still... It's all toxic like you wouldn't believe!

Contact me via PM of you want some sites that will help you out with your 'Project'...
I don't want to put my E-mail address on the open forum.

Raw alcohol is a wonderful thing for medical and mechanical uses, but I have enough money to buy the 'Sippin' Whiskey' they make in Tenn on the rare occasions I drink...

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Old 02-01-2009, 09:03 PM   #24
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Malt converts starches in mash to sugars for the yeast to ferment. If you're using sugar in your mash, you don't need malting.

Stills are illegal . . . actually the still is legal, alcohol production is illegal. You can get a still out of a chem class.
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