edited(to remove names) news story:
"undercover detectives served a search warrant at xxx and seized a working moonshine still.
The detectives were assisted by an agent from the Florida Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
Upon arrival at the residence, detectives and the ATF agent observed a fully operational moonshine still, including seven jars of moonshine. Attached are photos of the still and moonshine.
Both suspects who live at the residence, y & z , admitted to using the still to make moonshine for their own use and to sell to their friends and co-workers."
Detectives dismantled the still and collected it as evidence, along with the seven jars of moonshine. Both suspects were placed under arrest and charged with one count each of Possession of a Still or Still Apparatus (F-3), Possession of Moonshine (F-3), and Conspiracy to Violate Beverage Law (F-3). Both men have bonded out of jail.
"Every now and then, we run across an illegal moonshine still-it gives us a glimpse of what law enforcement must have been like back in the day," said Sheriff Grady Judd.
and another article
"Two Georgia men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of operating a moonshine still in the Chattahoochee National Forest. One of the bootleggers faces up to 35 years in prison for his crimes: making the brew, selling it, and not paying taxes on the proceeds. Back in college, the Explainer had friends who brewed their own beer, and that wasn't against the law. So why is moonshine still illegal?
Because the liquor is worth more to the government than beer or wine. Uncle Sam takes an excise tax of $2.14 for each 750-milliliter bottle of 80-proof spirits, compared with 21 cents for a bottle of wine (of 14 percent alcohol or less) and 5 cents for a can of beer. No one knows exactly how much money changes hands in the moonshine trade, but it's certainly enough for the missing taxes to make a difference: In 2000, an ATF investigation busted one Virginia store that sold enough raw materials to moonshiners to make 1.4 million gallons of liquor, worth an estimated $19.6 million in lost government revenue. In 2005, almost $5 billion of federal excise taxes on alcohol came from legally produced spirits.
......discovered the wonders of peat. Daniel Gross documented the great American beer crisis, and Field Maloney debated Wine vs. Beer. Mike Steinberger asked why wine writers talk that way.Until 1978, it was illegal to home-brew liquour or beerâ€”and the rules on wine-making were somewhat ambiguous.* But a growing number of oenophiles and beer connoisseurs wanted to make their own, and they helped pressure Congress to decriminalize home-brews across the country. Today, federal rules say a household with two adults can brew up to 200 gallons of wine and the same amount of beer each year. (A few states have their own laws prohibiting the practice.) The 1978 law didn't legalize moonshining, though; you still can't brew spirits for private consumption. It is kosher, however, to own a still and process alcoholâ€”but only if you're using the alcohol as fuel and you have a permit from the ATF. (In some states, you can purchase a legal version of moonshine from commercial distillers.)
Despite the Appalachian stereotypes, not everyone swigs moonshine just for fast, cheap intoxication. Some folks are accustomed to the taste of unaged whiskey, and they prefer the buzz that comes with it. These days, moonshine is even going upscale, as a new breed of amateur distillers in California, New England, and the Northwest are taking an artisanal approach to the hobby.
Government prosecutors point out that moonshine poses serious health risks, including heavy-metal toxicity. So, how dangerous is it? There's no inspection of the manufacturing process, so qualityâ€”and levels of contaminationâ€”vary. (There are some informal and imprecise ways to test the purity of hooch: You can light some on fire and check for a blue flame or shake the pint and look for clear liquid drops that dissipate quickly.) Aside from drinking too much and doing something dumbâ€”oh, like attacking somebody with a chain saw and fire extinguisherâ€” the biggest risk is lead poisoning, since a homemade still might consist of car radiators or pipes that were dangerously soldered together. One study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine in September 2003 found that more than half of moonshine drinkers have enough lead in their bloodstream to exceed what the CDC calls a "level of concern."
TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
Get a permit and use it for fuel.. otherwise federal felony and who knows what state issues....