How to Make Wine
Step 1: Legalities
Winemaking, aka Homebrewing is legal in the USA. Though rules must be followed. Below are what I've researched, and what are considered common practices. If you're going to push these limits consult a legal advisor.
- Individuals can homebrew a MAXIMUM of 100 gallons per year. That includes wine, beer, or cider. What ever you make, combine up the volumes and it has to be less than 100 gallons.
- Households can homebrew a MAXIMUM of 200 gallons per year. Meaning if you live with another adult (spouse, roommate, partners, etc.) you can make double what you could make as an individual.
- You can NOT sell your homebrews. This is illegal without a proper license.
- Home distilling is not allowed in the USA without a proper license. You can NOT distill spirits.
- 21 is the legal drinking age. You MUST be 21 to DRINK any homebrew made.
- 18 is the legal age to make homebrews. BUT most law officials will view anyone under 21 making wine at home as someone seeking to consume or possess alcohol, which is illegal. Check local and state laws for exceptions. ALWAYS BE RESPONSIBLE.
ALWAYS BE RESPONSIBLE. ALCOHOL CAN BE A DANGEROUS AND MUST BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. REMEMBER:
- Don't Drink while Pregnant
- Don't Drink and Drive
- Don't Drink if you are not healthy enough to do so (Liver disease, Heart failure, etc.)
- Consult your Doctor before mixing alcohol with prescriptions drugs.