Why is moonshine illegal?
But just why is moonshine illegal?
Yes, we know what you thought just now: “Wait, moonshine’s illegal?” Well, it’s not illegal to drink it; if you come across a bottle of moonshine and decide to drink it, you won’t have any issues with the law. If you find a bottle of moonshine at the liquor store, you won’t be prevented from buying it. However, it can be problematic if you try to make moonshine at home – because according to the law, distilling moonshine is illegal.
But why is that? You’ve probably been making your own homemade wine and beer for a while now, and the police didn’t threaten to put you in jail for that. So what makes moonshine so different? Why can’t you just brew some of it at home for you and perhaps your family?
First things first, it’s not illegal everywhere. Just in a few states, where it is illegal to own a still (in which case, you may want to check with your state laws). Stills are illegal because they created a lot of risks and hazards – which is why they were heavily regulated. If you want to own a still, you’d need to have a permit for it. In some places, owning the still might be legal – but just using it will end up with a fine.
Homemade moonshine can cause several health issues, particularly since the distilling process is quite complicated. It’s easy to send someone to the hospital if you don’t do it properly. This is why you will need a permit to produce moonshine, as this will suggest you know what you are doing.
Secondly, it’s because the government values this liquor more than it does beer or wine. Excise tax for 750 ml of moonshine goes around $2.14, whereas for wine and beer you pay 21 cents and 5 cents respectively. Moonshine trade is highly valuable and requires a lot of precision, which is why it’s quite understandable why the government doesn’t want you making it at home.
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