Jul 30 2010
Long after the end of prohibition, Jimmy Carter, in 1979, clarified the law allowing the manufacture of beer at home. It was allowed in the early 30’s when prohibition was repealed, but the law was vague on allowing the manufacture at home. This new law clarified the home brewing situation . This law allows the manufacture of 100 gallons of wine or beer for a single human and 200 for a married couple. The law also allows the sharing of your home brew with friends and family, but you cannot sell what you make.
The United States government left it to the states to regulate home brewing. Most states embraced the national law, but some have specify additional limits on the home production of beer . Here are some of the states that limit the production of home beer .
Alabama – This state does not allow home brewing of beer or wine! Bummer!! . However you can buy home brewing equipment in stores in Alabama which implies the law is not strictly enforced .
Utah – Utah will allow you to brew beer, but you need to get a state license .
Idaho – This state allows the production of home beer if you use native materials, whatever native materials are .
Now if you want to brew your own beer or wine, check your local state laws to ensure it is legal. Chances are your state will allow home brewing in conformance with Federal law. It is easy to find out if your state allows brewing just by doing a unsophisticated Google search.
If your state does allow home brewing, good luck with your new hobby. If you get into home brewing, you may want to look into a Keg-O-Rator. After you make your beer, you can put it in a keg, rather than indivigual bottles.