An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: Honest Bender: Seems there are a lot of homebrew farkers around. Maybe one of you can answer my question:I've often heard that it's illegal to brew moonshine but I know plenty of people brew their own beer. What gives? Does it become illegal to brew alcohol over a certain proof? Is it a state by state thing? Please help! I'm far FAR too lazy to copy paste this post into Google and click the first link./Thanks in advance.You dont "brew" moonshine. You distill it. The reason they have it illegal is you can possibly make it posionus either using lead solder or pipes, using methanol fermenting ingredients.It can be dangerous- stills can generat some pressure. Add a leak and an open flame- they can explode.What it comes down to is avoiding taxes on one of the most highly taxed items you can buymoonshine is Grain fermented- Distilled- drank cut or uncut. Thats it.
poorjon: Since people are interested, here's the cider. My recipes are all for 5 gallon batches, so if you want to do it smaller you'll have to adapt.
kth: Hip Hop Hooray is our IPA
meat0918: I was planning on it, but then I was told I have to fly to Syracuse, NY for work on Monday, and it's kinda an open ended ticket. I don't want to start a beer without being home to keep an eye on it.. At least they have some decent microbrews in the area.
kth: We won't be able to brew this week, maybe next.Actually, I'm simply the assistant. The husband is the primary brewer. I'm torn. On the one hand, I'd like him to make me a Rye, but on the other our IPA is really really good, and I'd like to have more of it.Plus, I'd have to come up with a new name/poem for a Rye.Because we're nerds, we have names/labels/bad poetry on the labels.Hip Hop Hooray is our IPALippy Hippy Lager is our Lager
GreenAdder: Modguy: violentsalvation: GreenAdder: That's great.Really.Only problem is, why would I spend all my time making beer when Bud Light and Corona are already perfect?Leave beer-making to the big boys, people.Leave it to people with centuries of brewing experience.I live with my momI'd give it a 1/10, because it made me laugh.It takes on a new meaning if you just look at the first letter of each line.
nw_inferno: kth: We won't be able to brew this week, maybe next.Actually, I'm simply the assistant. The husband is the primary brewer. I'm torn. On the one hand, I'd like him to make me a Rye, but on the other our IPA is really really good, and I'd like to have more of it.Plus, I'd have to come up with a new name/poem for a Rye.Because we're nerds, we have names/labels/bad poetry on the labels.Hip Hop Hooray is our IPALippy Hippy Lager is our LagerWhy not combine them?I'm bottling a rye ipa today or tomorrow depending on the weather.
Amberwind: My husband loves to listen to homebrewing podcasts, but we only just moved into a house where we have space for brewing a couple weeks ago. Perhaps I'll kick him into starting something in the kitschy Mr. Beer kit I got him as a joke a couple years ago until we're unpacked enough to set up for proper brewing./I hate beer.
poorjon: MylesHeartVodak: this guy realized that modern craft brews would not exist without the macrobrew industry.We have been brewing since the dawn of civilization (some argue that brewing is what lead us to civilization) yet we have only enjoyed a beverage which we would recognize as beer since sometime in the 1800's. This is due almost entirely to the mega-huge breweries. I'm not trying to downplay their contributions to the understanding of of scientific principles underpinning malting, barley and hops genetics and agroscience, water chemistry (the pH scale was invented in the Carlsberg brewing labs), mashing, boiling, fermentation, conditioning, sanitation, yeast propagating and genetics, packaging, and far more. They have given us all of these advances, but they still don't give us very good beer.
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