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Can I make whiskey in Florida
« on: June 23, 2011, 06:58:42 AM »
Hello,

 This may be an old question. I have searched without luck. Does anyone know if it is legal to make whisky or some variant at home? I read the law for Florida and it talks about beer and wine...but nothing harder. Is that the case? You can only make those two legaly? Thanks.

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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 07:17:14 AM »
It's illegal to distill spirits (w/o a license) in the US.

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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 07:30:59 AM »
It's illegal to distill spirits (w/o a license) in the US.

But apparently it's legal to sell everything for someone to make illegally?

http://www.store.homebrew4less.com/Distillers-and-Parts/products/981/

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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 07:42:23 AM »
It's illegal to distill spirits (w/o a license) in the US.

But apparently it's legal to sell everything for someone to make illegally?

http://www.store.homebrew4less.com/Distillers-and-Parts/products/981/

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The response I've heard to that question is usually "these systems are used to distill water, not alcohol".

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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 07:43:14 AM »
It's illegal to distill spirits (w/o a license) in the US.

But apparently it's legal to sell everything for someone to make illegally?

http://www.store.homebrew4less.com/Distillers-and-Parts/products/981/

-J.K.L.

This is because it is legal to distill spirits for fuel. I beleive there is still federal permits required but they are inexpensive and easy to aquire. This is from research I did years ago but if I recall correctly there is even a federal tax credit for producing ethanol for fuel purposes.

**EDIT** here is a link to a company that makes home ethanol distillers http://microfueler.com/t-faqpage.aspx#legal
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 08:50:25 AM »
You can also use those systems to distill essential oils from plants.
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011, 09:09:48 AM »
You can also use those systems to distill essential oils from plants.

Depending on the plants, it sounds like that could be a gray area too. ;)
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011, 09:10:59 AM »
You can also use those systems to distill essential oils from plants.

Depending on the plants, it sounds like that could be a gray area too. ;)

Nah you don't need a still for that, just some vodka and an electric stove to reduce the volume after... or so I am told...
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011, 09:13:49 AM »
Can you make whiskey in Florida?  Yes.
May you make whiskey in Florida?  No.  ;)

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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011, 09:22:16 AM »
You can also use those systems to distill essential oils from plants.

Depending on the plants, it sounds like that could be a gray area too. ;)

Nah you don't need a still for that, just some vodka and an electric stove to reduce the volume after... or so I am told...
I thought you were supposed to use butter for that, not vodka? :)
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011, 09:32:08 AM »
I thought you were supposed to use butter for that, not vodka? :)

I think supercritical CO2 is the way to go, actually...
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2011, 09:36:49 AM »
I thought you were supposed to use butter for that, not vodka? :)

I think supercritical CO2 is the way to go, actually...
A friend of mine specializes in supercritical CO2, maybe he can send me a system. :)
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2011, 10:30:03 AM »
Can you make whiskey in Florida?  Yes.
May you make whiskey in Florida?  No.  ;)
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2011, 10:52:18 AM »
At one of the NHC talks the presenter mentioned that you can get a liscense to home distill - to make fuel.  The fuel must have additives that turn the fuel into a poison.
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Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2011, 11:15:17 AM »
At one of the NHC talks the presenter mentioned that you can get a liscense to home distill - to make fuel.  The fuel must have additives that turn the fuel into a poison.

 So it's OK to make poison at home but not spirits...  ::)

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