John Wurm

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Let’s talk home distilling … As readers of this blog probably know, I’m a big fan of alcohol in all its myriad forms. I like wine and beer, I like cocktails, and I like drinking liquor neat. I brew my own beer from time to time, and I’d love to be able to try my hand at distilling a whiskey or a rum. The only problem? It’s not legal. I don’t like messing with things that aren’t legal, but it hasn’t stopped some people, both those who are looking to turn a quick profit (moonshiners) and those just trying to experiment with their own spirits (hobby distillers). The US Government considers both of those groups to be equal when it comes to breaking the law. My opinion: this is stupid. I agree completely that commercial alcohol production of any sort should be heavily regulated, but I feel that home distilling in small batches for non-profit purposes should be just as legal as brewing beer or making wine. Like so many other awesome things, our legal right to distill spirits in small batches in our homes was destroyed by Prohibition. That was almost 100 years ago … so it’s probably time we rectified that. The folks at the Hobby Distiller’s Organization are trying to change the laws in this country in order to make safe, small-batch, non-commercial hobby distilling legal, much the way beer and wine making in the home is legal. They contend that there is little danger either of poison or explosion, and make a strong case that hobby distilling is no more dangerous than cooking a pot of potatoes, or brewing a batch of beer. I want to be clear: this post is neither an endorsement, nor an advertisement. I was not paid in any way for writing this. I just think it’s an interesting cause that’s worth paying attention to if you’re a fan of imbibing. If you’re interested, check out their site, and decide for yourself if you think it’s worthy of your support. note: unlike 99% of the pics on this site, this is a stock photo, not a photo I took myself.

Let’s talk home distilling …<p>As readers of this blog probably know, I’m a big fan of alcohol in all its myriad forms. I like wine and beer, I like …


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