The Hobby Distiller's Association is working towards the legalization of hobby distilling. Unless you live in New Zealand it is most likely illegal for you to distill alcohol at home, even if it is purely as a hobby. This is in contrast to making beer or wine, which is legal in most countries without permits, licenses, or payment of tax. It is time for change! The hobby distiller is not a backwoods moonshiner distilling for profit. He often uses sophisticated equipment, distilling mainly for enjoyment, and often as the next step in the legal hobby of wine or beer making.
It is going to be interesting to watch if this idea of making small quantities of drinking spirits for personal consumption will ever happen here in America. Right now you can get into serious trouble if you get caught today.
|Troy Roberts of Drum Circle Displaying his 1 Gallon Research Still at the Miami Rum Festival|