You can make small quantities of beer and wine for personal consumption, just not moonshine.
It is illegal to possess or transport alcohol upon which the U.S.
taxes haven’t been paid in the state.
Virginia code says it’s also illegal to possess distilleries or distilling apparatus without a permit.
What is moonshine and why is it illegal?
Moonshine is any illegally made distilled alcohol. Classically it is corn liquor distilled from fermented corn and / or sugar. Distilling alcohol without state and federal permits is illegal in every single state in the US. Making moonshine is illegal because the government wishes to collect tax revenue.
How much moonshine can you legally make?
While most states prohibit home moonshining, state laws sometimes conflict with federal law. In Missouri, for example, a person 21 or over may produce up to 100 gallons of spirits per year for personal consumption without a permit.
When did moonshine become illegal?
When it was illegal in the United States, moonshine distillation was done at night to avoid discovery. It was especially prominent in the Appalachian area. White whiskey most likely entered the Appalachian region in the late 18th century to early 1800s.
Is owning a still illegal?
It’s perfectly legal to own a still, and you can even use it, as long as you’re not making alcohol – so, you can make essential oils without a permit, or perfume, or distilled water. According to federal law, making beverage alcohol at home is illegal, plain and simple.
How much is a gallon of moonshine worth?
You should be able to find a 750mL bottle of moonshine for between $20 and $40. As with most liquor, the price you’ll pay for moonshine depends on the quality, amount, and where you get it from. “Street” moonshine is more commonly sold by the quart or gallon. You can expect to pay $30 to $100 for a gallon.
Does moonshine go bad?
Although standard moonshine will never spoil no matter the amount of time you store it, flavored moonshine is a different story and has the potential go bad over time. Even once you open a jar of flavored moonshine, it will last for several years before becoming unsafe to drink or losing its taste.
Is it cheaper to brew your own beer?
It’s simple: Brewing beer is cheaper than buying it. As the cost of ingredients has risen, the price of the average six pack is nearing $9.00. While that is still a bargain compared to lifes other pleasures, and we encourage you to support your local brewery, it is still cheaper to brew your own!
Is making beer illegal?
Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition made it illegal in 1919. However, regulation of alcohol is predominantly left to the states. In 2013, Mississippi and Alabama—the last two states remaining with laws against homebrewing—passed legislation to permit beer brewing at home.
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