If you've looked on the ATF webpage you've probably have been unable to locate anything on home production because there is no provision for it. Moonshining is illegal!! Unlike wine or beer, the laws and regulations governing distilled spirits contain no provision that would allow someone to produce spirits in their home for personal use. Under 26 U.S.C. Section 5171 operations as a distiller, warehouseman or processor may be conducted only on the bonded premises of a qualified distilled spirits plant. To qualify such a plant, a registration, application for permit and bond must be filed in addition to other supporting organizational documents. 26 U.S.C. 5178 places restrictions on where a plant can be located. Some of the other requirements are paying special tax, filing an extensive application, providing adequate equipment to measure spirits, providing suitable tanks and pipelines, providing a separate building (other than a dwelling) and maintaining detailed records, and filing reports. All of these requirements are listed in 27 CFR Part 19.
They take the fun right out of it :'(
On the other side of the coin, it's actually easy to make, inexpensive, and you get a far better quality product (if you do it right). Again the distilled mead is awesome, as well as my other favorite - apricot brandy. Storew bought is hard to measure up unless you kick out the cash.
In so far as owning or buying a still;
What all this basically comes down to is ...
1. You can own a still, but it must be no larger than 1 gallon, and may only be used for water purification or the extraction of essential oils from plants.
2.Dealers/manufacturers of stills in the United States must surrender any address or other info on any customer who buys a still to the BATF, when they request it.(no warrant is required.)
What this means is that anyone who buys a still in America can at any time expect a knock at the door and a man with a badge demanding to see what is being done with the still they bought.
So, what a society when you have strictor regulations on stills than you do on guns. The gun control people don't need to advocate banning guns, they need to advocate taxing them. :evil: