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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by shyster512 View Post
    I have represented a few "producers". The Feds and even local authorities frown greatly on the unregulated production of distilled spirits.
    What's the average result, are you able to get them off? If not, what's the average sentence and or fine? Also, in those you've encountered, how much spirit is the average bootlegger holding when they get busted? Just wondering.
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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    [quote=TnSquire;107336]
    Quote Originally Posted by catdaddy View Post

    You should be positive as it is absolutely illegal to make corn whiskey or any other spirt.

    So you tellin' me all dat distilin' I ben doin' in tha back wood aint legal?

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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    [quote=NickAtMartinis;107341]
    Quote Originally Posted by TnSquire View Post


    So you tellin' me all dat distilin' I ben doin' in tha back wood aint legal?
    Just tell them it is for "Medicinal Purposes" it worked for Uncle Jesse.
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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    [quote=TnSquire;107345]
    Quote Originally Posted by NickAtMartinis View Post

    Just tell them it is for "Medicinal Purposes" it worked for Uncle Jesse.
    No it didn't! He promised not to make anymore to keep Bo and Luke outta the slammer
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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    And look what it did to Daisy's jeans!
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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    In Virginia recently, six people were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of running a moonshine pipeline that authorities say reached as far north as Philadelphia.

    They are accused of conspiracy to violate the travel act and produce and receive untaxed liquor, failure to give bond, possession of an unregistered still, unlawful production of distilled spirits, money laundering and perjury. There were a total of 31 counts.

    Each count of money laundering carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Each of the other counts carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Each count of money laundering carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Each of the other counts carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
    Wouldn't you think that something that could lock you up for 4x as long would be worth 4x the fine? Damn me for applying logic to the law, but still...
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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    The mood in this post seems to be very gloomy. While it is indeed very illegal to be an amateur distiller in the US, the rest of the world is slowly coming around. For instance, it is legal in New Zealand and Italy. Will the US follow suit? The sad answer is probably no, but one can always hope.

    I personally find it pretty hypocritical to allow home brewing and wine making, but not home distilling. Is it more complex? You bet. My guess is that isn't the reason the laws aren't changed though. The stigma attached to the moonshiners along with the taxes (albeit minuscule) the government would loose are probably far more powerful deterrents for getting the law changed.

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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    My bet is that the stongest deterrent for change in the law would be the alcohol producers themselves. It pretty well gives those in operation a monopoly. How many truly new producers have started business lately? Most are recylcled distillers.
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    Re: Homemade Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by shyster512 View Post
    My bet is that the stongest deterrent for change in the law would be the alcohol producers themselves. It pretty well gives those in operation a monopoly. How many truly new producers have started business lately? Most are recylcled distillers.
    Actually quite a few, just not many whiskey producers. Many wineries have started making brandy and grappa and such. Huber's Winery, right across the river in Indiana has started the Starlight Distillery and hosted the 2007 American Distilling Institute Conference.
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