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Old 10-29-2004, 06:45 PM   #11
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I think I might get in trouble here in Oregon. There are strict liquor laws in this state, owned by the state. Only beer and wine in a supermarket, all other in a store. They are also thinking of taking all malt beverages with more than 1/2 proof in them which would include beer.
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Old 10-29-2004, 11:16 PM   #12
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I think I might get in trouble here in Oregon. There are strict liquor laws in this state, owned by the state. Only beer and wine in a supermarket, all other in a store. They are also thinking of taking all malt beverages with more than 1/2 proof in them which would include beer.
Sounds like time for some foamy tasty patriotic civil disobedience (perfect timing with the election and all).

(by the way, in my other posts I noticed that I was writing "wert" instead of "wort" which is correct. It's pronounced "wert" which is why I spelled it that way. Please forgive my transgression)
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Old 10-30-2004, 03:38 PM   #13
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I think I might get in trouble here in Oregon. There are strict liquor laws in this state, owned by the state. Only beer and wine in a supermarket, all other in a store. They are also thinking of taking all malt beverages with more than 1/2 proof in them which would include beer.
Sounds like time for some foamy tasty patriotic civil disobedience (perfect timing with the election and all).

(by the way, in my other posts I noticed that I was writing "wert" instead of "wort" which is correct. It's pronounced "wert" which is why I spelled it that way. Please forgive my transgression)
Good idea beerco, I like being rebellious, especially if I do not get caught. I had a cousin (living in central Norway) who made rhubarb wine in her basement and it was 90 proof. The liquor laws are much tighter there than anywhere here in teh USA, but she got away with it until she died last year at 90.
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Old 10-30-2004, 03:47 PM   #14
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my macedonian neighbor makes his own wine and grappa. both are terrible, but it's neat to watch him make them.

the first year he did it, i was working in the garden on an early sunday morning, and he stumbled out of his garage and asked if i liked vishkey. i was unsure what he meant, so i hopped the fence and followed him into his garage. there he had built this 6 foot tall phallic looking m*a*s*h* type still, replete with the condenser made out of a huge fish tank and ice water. it dripped the elixir into a bucket where he was measuring the alcohol content, i think somewhere around 100 proof.

i was not sure if it was legal to make something like that in joisey, so i told him to close the garage doors so the nosey malcontents living next door would not call the cops. he said in his broken english "no close door, BOOM!"...

i was very happy to see him finish for the day and that both of our houses were still standing...

btw, it is legal to make wine and beer and shine for your own consumption here, just not for sale.
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Old 11-01-2004, 07:49 AM   #15
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my macedonian neighbor makes his own wine and grappa. both are terrible, but it's neat to watch him make them.

the first year he did it, i was working in the garden on an early sunday morning, and he stumbled out of his garage and asked if i liked vishkey. i was unsure what he meant, so i hopped the fence and followed him into his garage. there he had built this 6 foot tall phallic looking m*a*s*h* type still, replete with the condenser made out of a huge fish tank and ice water. it dripped the elixir into a bucket where he was measuring the alcohol content, i think somewhere around 100 proof.

i was not sure if it was legal to make something like that in joisey, so i told him to close the garage doors so the nosey malcontents living next door would not call the cops. he said in his broken english "no close door, BOOM!"...

i was very happy to see him finish for the day and that both of our houses were still standing...

btw, it is legal to make wine and beer and shine for your own consumption here, just not for sale.
Wine and Beer - Yes. Shine, NO!

Home winemaking was legalized with the repeal of prohibition, beer was left off, and not corrected until 1979. There are still several states that haven't changed the old laws, but I don't think they're out to bust brewers.

Distillation, on the other hand, is against federal law. Even though a lot of the supposed health risks the government puts forward as reasons are false, it is still a bit dangerous to those who aren't familiar with it (The BOOM is a possibility). Then there's the whole tax revenue issue.

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Old 11-02-2004, 01:19 PM   #16
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ronjohn,
i've known lots of people that have made grappa in my life. no one ever got busted, or was even hassled by the cops or atf. i guess that's because they only make a few gallons a year, fo rtheir own consumption (and to torture their freinds and neighbors making them drink what would otherwise be used for degreasing carbeurators)

oh, btw, have you ever drank soju? it's good stuff. i had a bottle of green soju on the rocks last night; tastes like a strong vodka, but it's only 42 proof.

here's a link about the stuff: http://www.rohanlounge.com/soju.shtml
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Bucky,

I agree, and I know a few folks who do "purify" their beers, if you know what I mean. But it is technically illegal. (Never stopped some of my ancestors, though...)

Granted, if you're quiet about it, and like you said, make some for yourself, and a few freinds you wish to torture - you probably won't be getting a visit from the Feds. (What'd they used to call them, revenuers?)

Never had soju - have to see if the local shop carries it. Thanks!

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