legal age...

does any body know what the legal age to make alcohol is in PA?

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NachoMahma9 years ago
. Probably the same as the drinking age, but I'm no lawyer.
Actually, its illegal to make alcohol everywhere in the US, without an ATFE issued license.
Although, depending how deep in the woods you live, you may be able to get away with it.
;-)

I live in PA, and I know a few people who make their own, with stills and such...
Cough* 175 proof *cough
Sun Gear (author)  bumpus9 years ago
wow thats a lot. i was just going to make hard cider .
You don't need to distill to make hard cider I can get 15% with out trying to hard and 18% if I spend the time. (( and it's very nice to drink to even before you bottle it )) The legal age doesn't really matter so long as it's for personal consumption in your own home, the problems start when you give them away or sell them to your friends and then word gets around to other people and parents and then the trouble starts...
You can make your own wine at 21 in most US states. 21 y/o US residents can even make mash till the cows come home. It's the distillation that's illegal.
NGinuity bumpus9 years ago
Actually, not ALL alcohol is illegal to make (Thank you, former President Jimmy Carter). You can homebrew beer, and in some states, more than that.

Look for state specific laws here: http://www.beertown.org/homebrewing/legal.html

But the federal statutes say this:
United States Code Title 26, Subtitle E, Chapter 51, Subchapter A, Part I, Subpart D, § 5053 provides an exemption to the code permitting the production of beer for personal or family use. § 5052 provides a definition for beer (see applicable statutory material).
§ 5052 DEFINITIONS

(a) Beer.--For purposes of this chapter (except when used with reference to distilling or distilling material) the term "beer" means beer, ale, porter, stout, and other similar fermented beverages (including sake or similar products) of any name or description containing one-half of 1 percent or more of alcohol by volume, brewed or produced from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefore.

§ 5053 EXEMPTIONS

(e) Beer for personal or family use.--Subject to regulation prescribed by the Secretary, any adult may, without payment of tax, produce beer for personal or family use and not for sale. The aggregate amount of beer exempt from tax under this subsection with respect to any household shall not exceed--

(1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are 2 or more adults in such household, or

(2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only 1 adult in such household.

For purposes of this subsection, the term "adult" means an individual who has attained 18 years of age, or the minimum age (if any) established by law applicable in the locality in which the household is situated at which beer may be sold to individuals, whichever is greater.


Pennsylvania says this:
Title 47, Chapter 1, Article I, § 1-102 defines Malt or Brewed Beverages as any beer, lager beer, ale, porter or similar fermented malt beverage containing one-half of one per centum or more of alcohol by volume, by whatever name such beverage may be called.

Title 47, Chapter 1, Article IV, § 4-492
Unlawful acts relative to malt or brewed beverages and licensees

It shall be unlawful--

(1) MANUFACTURING WITHOUT LICENSE. Except as provided herein, for any person, to manufacture malt or brewed beverages, unless such person holds a valid manufacturer's license for such purpose issued by the board. Malt or brewed beverages may be produced by any person without a license if such malt or brewed beverages are produced not for sale and total production does not exceed two hundred gallons per calendar year. Malt or brewed beverages produced in accordance with this paragraph may be used at organized affairs, exhibitions, competitions, contests, tastings or judging provided it is not sold or offered for sale.

The key phrase here is: Malt or brewed beverages may be produced by any person without a license if such malt or brewed beverages are produced not for sale and total production does not exceed two hundred gallons per calendar year.

Just be at least of age, and brew less than 200 gallons of it.

The reason moonshiners get busted is, because:
1) They don't have a license.
2) They sell it.
3) They stock more than 200 gallons of it.

If you want to try something interesting, build a "refluxing still" Also useful for making ethanol for your car. :-)
just buy some its easier
ll.139 years ago
Just do it, I very much doubt, if you keep it to yourself, or share with a few select friends you'd get picked up.
Plasmana ll.139 years ago
And make sure they are no cops around...
Sun Gear (author)  ll.139 years ago
i agree with you.
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