hist-brewing: Cordials

Owen Hutchins owenbrau at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 1 13:11:25 PDT 2003

If you do not possess a distilling permit from the BATF, no matter WHAT your
state's laws say, you are in violation of Federal law. Period.
Home-distillers also cannot GET one, by BATF regulation. Only individuals
and corporate entities that intend to distill for a viable business venture
will be considered.

Many homebrew shops do sell the New Zealand equipment, and it's legal to own
and even use. You just can't distill alcohol legally.

I have been a professional brewer since 1996, and I have dealt with the BATF
regularly for most of that time. I have (somewhere) the relevant CFRs.

"English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other
languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets
for loose grammar."
----- Original Message -----
From: "rory" <rory at forgottensea.org>
To: <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Cordials

> On Mon, 30 Jun 2003 12:20:36 -0400, Bruce R. Gordon wrote
> > Greetings
> >      Well, in theory I could agree, but in actual practice the
> > distillation of alcohol is entirely illegal in the USA without very
> > expensive and extremely difficult-to-obtain licensing.
> This is a fallacy. There are Home-brewing supply stores all over the
> selling distilling equipment (for instance:
> It is prohibited at a *State-level*. The part that is illegal "in the USA"
> (read "by the Feds") is the part about transporting said beverage and its
> sale.
> > I don't know
> > how they do things in Calontir, but in the Middle, where I am from,
> >  presentation of home-distilled products at an A+S fair isn't
> > permitted, since it is illegal.
> If it is illegal in your state, then at the LEAST, the entrant should
> the choice of a pre-made liquor, and choose one appropriate to the
> and since vodka was rare (until later period) and everclear was unheard
> Again, my point isn't about legality, which as stated above is the biggest
> fallacy in the brewing world, my question is about where/how it should be
> discussed/judged.
> >   I would have
> > to disagree that blending flavours is a lesser skill
> NOTICE, I didn't say it was a lesser skill, I said that it maybe belonged
> cooking. I can't make a good quiche, and all that is is mixing
> There is some skill there. My point of conversation was to examine whether
> is fair to place cordials in "brewing." Making Sekanjabin ISN'T generally
> considered "brewing," right? That is the SAME as making a cordial. But
> Sekanjabin is included with cooking not brewing, and my question is
> cordials should be placed there too.
> HL Rory McGowen
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