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Old 08-30-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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What's Fermenting?

I have fermenting; 11 gallons of Mead
Stablized, but not yet bottled; 15 gallons Chianti - 15 gallons Muscat
Bottled and ready to drink; 5 gallons German Altbier

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Old 08-30-2006, 09:18 AM   #2
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I hope there aren't any ATF agents on the site.
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:34 AM   #3
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Mead ~ Mead is good. Makes me think of Renaissance Faires and Harvest Festivals. You know, you really aren't THAT far from me.
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:36 AM   #4
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I hope there aren't any ATF agents on the site.
It's cool , brewing is legal as of 1979, winemaking since the repeal of prohibition. (The words "and beer" got left out of the official repeal of prohibition in the US - thus making it technically illegal to brew beer until 1979 when a bill was finally put through congress and signed by President Carter)

Home distilling is still illegal in the US - probably for both safety and tax reasons.

Hmm - what do I have downstairs? It's been way too long since I've brewed. I think I have a couple of meads, some lambics, and a cider downstairs. The cider is probably about ready to bottle for the fall.

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Old 08-30-2006, 10:06 AM   #5
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Sephora, I have an "open door policy" for all whom appreciate Mead and it's qualities.
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the update. I remember watching a talk show and the celebrity talked about his winemaking and how much he had bottled.

He was contacted by the ATF the next day since at that time a home brewer/winer could only make 5 gallons at a time.
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He was contacted by the ATF the next day since at that time a home brewer/winer could only make 5 gallons at a time.
LOL!!

Yep, now the official rule for homebrewing is now 100 gallons per adult in the house, up to 200 gallons (A nod to the distributor and brewer lobbyists). Of course, I challenge ANYbody to find that first 50 gallons or so of beer I made this year!
(And no, beer bellies do NOT count!!! )

As for anyone worried about ONLY making 200 gallons - 5 gallons (US) will give you roughly two cases (48 bottles) of 12oz longnecks.

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In Virginia, and I'm not sure if all states have thier own regulatory system, a single person is limited to either 2 or 300 gallons per year. A married couple is limited to 500 gallons per year, for their own consumption. To my knowledge, it doesn't matter if you ferment the entire 500 gallons at once or in small increments.

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Old 08-30-2006, 10:32 AM   #9
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Actually, 5 gallons will give (53) 12 oz. bottles.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:04 PM   #10
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I have a sourdough starter fermenting...but relating to the majority of previous posts, there is a bit of hooch lingering at the top ;)
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