Home distilling? Has anyone had a go at this and, if so, what equipment did they use?
The two Bonzo brain cells are not working very well at this hour: What is "Wine Rack"?JoseyWales said:I use Wine Rack.
Yes, but look at the mess you get into sat there on your jack jones, plastered and shouting at the lap top about how much money you give to charity. Clown.JoseyWales said:I use Wine Rack.
References please.Milesy said:Home Distillation is not illegal because of tax reasons for the Goverment regardless of what some people may say.
GrenGren said:I dont know about the legality of home brewing, but seeing as you can buy the things used to do it quite cheaply from Boots and Wilkinsons, I cant see it being against the law somehow!
Nor I would think is buying a huge marrow, cutting a small opening it the top and filling it with sugar, then reclosing the hole and letting it ferment and continuing the process for a few weeks against the law either.
If it were, sloe Gin would not exist.
May I, msr, refer you to s25(1) ALDA79 "Save as provided by or under this Act, any person who, otherwise than under and in accordance with an excise licence under this Act so authorising him - (a) manufactures spirits, whether by distillation of a fermented liquor or by any other process, or (b) uses a still for distilling, rectifying or compounding spirits; or (c) distils or has in his posession any low wines or feints; or (d) not being a vinegar maker, produces or makes or has in his posession any wort or wash fit for distillation , shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty of level 5 on the standard scale".msr said:References please.Milesy said:Home Distillation is not illegal because of tax reasons for the Goverment regardless of what some people may say.
I took the trouble to look this up a while ago in 'Halsbury's Laws of England' which is the legal encyclopaedia used by the courts and lawyers in general. It is very authoritative. Basically, the situation is this. You can't distill alcohol without a rectifier's licence (Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 s18(1)).
If you do and are caught you will be liable to pay the duty on the alcohol in the spirits you make (currently Â£19.56 per litre) and to pay a fine of whichever is the greater of Â£250 and 5% of the duty payable. (Finance Act 1994 s9(2)). Forget getting a license. There are rules about how large (or rather how small) the still can be which would render any home device unlawful and in any case you'd have to pay the duty which sort of defeats the object. As far as I can ascertain, you are not committing a criminal offence by distilling alcohol. All the above are civil matters. I assume that Customs and Excise would seize all your product and your equipment too.
In short, you might say that the consequences of a raid on a genuine hobby distiller making liquor for him or herself would be embarrassing but not necessarily disastrous. As for the likelihood of getting caught; well I have never heard of a case in my lifetime (I'm 47). My own guess is that the Customs an Excise are far too busy chasing drugs and liquor smugglers and dealing with VAT fraud to bother with a small time....... Hang on, there's someone at the door.
And, if you're caught you'll lose your vehicle and be assessed for the duty evaded (there's more than one marker in Marked Gas Oil). And I can imagine that the Adj/RSM will be mightily impressed too.salforddude said: