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&gt;&gt;No, it's not "in regards to commercial production."<BR>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It affects you and me.&nbsp; Note the last sentence.<BR>
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This is from the Q &amp;A on the ATF web site. It clearly covers personal use. Nothing ambigious here.<BR>
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The question, as written by the ATF : <BR>
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<B>Can I produce beer, wine or spirits for my personal or family use without paying <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/atftaxes.htm">Federal excise tax</A> and filing Federal paperwork?</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"></B>&nbsp; <BR>
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 The answer, written by the ATF:<BR>
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</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">You cannot produce spirits for beverage purposes without paying taxes and without prior approval of paperwork to operate a distilled spirits plant.&nbsp; [See 26 U.S.C. <A HREF="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/26/5601.shtml">5601</A> &amp; <A HREF="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/26/5602.shtml">5602</A> for some of the criminal penalties.]&nbsp; There are numerous requirements that must be met that make it impractical to produce spirits for personal or beverage use.&nbsp; Some of these requirements are paying <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_49.htm">special tax</A>, filing an extensive <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_151.htm">application</A>, filing a <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_231.htm">bond</A>, providing adequate <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_277.htm">equipment</A> to measure spirits, providing suitable <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_273.htm">tanks</A> and <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_274.htm">pipelines</A>, providing a <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_131.htm">separate building</A> (other than a dwelling) and maintaining detailed <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_732.htm">records</A>, and filing <A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/19_792.htm">reports</A>.&nbsp; All of these requirements are listed in<A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/regulations/27cfr19.html"> 27 CFR Part 19</A><A HREF="http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/27cfrpart019.htm">.</A> </FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"><BR>
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http://www.atf.treas.gov/alcohol/info/faq/newfaqbackup.htm#s1<BR>
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Alan Talman</FONT></HTML>