If you’ve finally decide to make your own wine, the tendency is that you have a lot of questions which are yet to be answered. By searching through the Internet, you may have found the answers to some of your questions but there is no doubt that you will have some certain questions remaining in your mind. Your primary concern will probably be about whether it is legal for you to distill your own wine. There are a lot of movies which show people distilling wine in their basements in order to avoid getting in legal trouble. The last thing you want to do is end up in jail for your efforts and you may need to know about the legal issues involved in winemaking before you make your own brew.
The answer is that you shouldn’t be overly concerned about any legal repercussions. Making wine at home, provided you follow certain legal regulations is allowed. This was as a result of a law which was passed by the United States government in 1978 which allowed citizens to make wine in their own homes provided that they stuck to certain legal regulations. These legal regulations dictate how much wine you are actually permitted to make and you are not allowed to exceed more than one hundred gallons annually if you are a single adult. If you live together with other adults you have a limit of two times the amount for single adults.
You should also check to see if there are any other state laws which should be followed. Most states in the United States tend to stick to the federal version, unlike Alabama which only permits a meager five gallons of wine per household annually. If you live in a country like the United Kingdom, you’re perfectly free to brew as much wine as you want.
Since the legal issues are solved, the next thing which you’ll probably be bothered about is the amount of money which you will spend on buying the necessary equipment for your winemaking. You should ensure that you don’t make so much wine at your first attempt so that if you end up not liking your efforts, you wouldn’t have ended up making and wasting so much wine and money. In terms of your budget, you’ll probably need to spend about 100 dollars for your first winemaking effort. This amount of money should give you about five gallons of wine. As long as you have made the original batch of wine, the cost tends to drop to as little as sixty dollars per five gallons afterwards. This works out to less than three dollars per bottle of wine that you make. Something else that will reduce the costs greatly is if you grow your grapes or your berries by yourself.
A number of different advantages exist in growing your own fruit for your own wine. The best of all these is the pleasure that you derive from knowing that the wine you make comes from fruit that you grew with your own hands. It makes the whole effort completely yours while you save a lot of money on your winemaking efforts as well. I’m so hooked on winemaking and enjoy sharing this information.
If you’re that freaked out, of course consult an attorney – I’m not one – I’m just a handsomely bald Hungarian man who lives in Chicagoland and really likes to make wine at home. This hobby is awesome!