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March 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

This is a quick article I decided to write to dispel the misconception of homebrewing's illegality. But before I continue I must say that this article is being written in respect to UK law and so it is important to check with your own local laws on any legality issues you may seek to understand.

With homebrewing fast becoming more and more popular amongst both young and old people (and some middle aged people too) it is important to separate the truth from some of the many myths and misconceptions that have built up over the years. If you're thinking about starting to brew your own beer, cider or wine at home, you too might be wondering about any potential legal issues related to home brewing. The good news is, in the majority of places around the world home brewing is perfectly legal. Again I urge you to check with a local representative to find a definitive answer for your particular area, but it is more than likely to be the case that homebrewing your own beer, cider and wine is perfectly legal.

The misinformation, in my opinion, probably arises from the illegal status accorded to the DISTILLATION of alcohol. This is where ethanol (alcohol) is extracted from an alcoholic liquid base to form a more concentrated end product. It is usually achieved through the evaporation and subsequent condensation of the alcohol to separate it from the initial alcohol/water mixture. This process is illegal in almost every country on earth (with the exception of New Zealand) and you will face quite serious consequences if you do not hold the appropriate licenses for the disilling of alcohol. Distillation when performed incorrectly can produce dangerous products and the process itself can cause explosions. When distillation IS performed safely but the alcohol distiller doesn't hold the appropriate licenses there is still a danger. This second danger however is a legal one. Most countries don't allow distillation because of the evasive tax break it gives to the individual distiller. Having said that is important to point out that distillation IS NOT the same as homebrewing. Home brewing your own beer, cider and wine is both safe and legal.

Homebrewing is an entirely different process. Homebrewing and distillation differ in that homebrewing creates the alcohol whereas distillation merely separates alcohol that is already present from other liquids.

Now that we know homebrewing is both safe and legal why don't we find out how fun and easy it is to home brew and find out why exactly it is fast becoming one of the most actively partaken hobbies in Europe.

Pat Mack's Home brewing Caps - An easy to use home brew kit that can be used to make over 100 pints of beer and cider and over 50 bottles of wine. And it costs less that a round of drinks at your local bar!

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