Home distilling in California...Legal?

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Postby TomServo » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:55 pm

gyre wrote:I can't believe this law!

Having a still seems to be like having indoor gardening lights.
Legal until you use them a certain way.
I grow tomatoes with mine.

Did the hidden compartment thread get pulled?
I've been meaning to start one anyway.
Every car and home should have hidden compartments or rooms.
Cars especially need storage for cash, papers, cameras, laptops, weapons.
It has actually been more common than not through history, to use concealment for security.
Thinking back, I have never had anything concealed, stolen.
We have been living in a rare secure period, and it's long gone in most places.
They were also common during the depression, for items not replaceable.

We now have insurance that won't pay off and ram raid burglars that expect an alarm.
Concealment is the best defense, even if it can only be used for the most valuable items.

It is an interesting challenge too, to design successful locations.

I find that the most successful hiding place, is a place that isn't normally a place.


the stash thread? dunno...but actiongrl has been here frequently. Anything illegal, Ill keep off eplaya. Ill figure out this still shit.
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..
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Postby gyre » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:14 pm

Looking over the interweb, nothing illegal about owning a still, only manufacturing spirits, and the focus is on commercial distribution.
Too bad the law doesn't distinguish for personal use.
Most state laws only make tax evasion illegal.

Discussion of the theory and fine points of distilling is common and legal.

To stay within the law, you often need to know everything about any illegal approaches.
This is true for good security design, of all types, as an example.
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Postby AntiM » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:15 pm

I know a real life 'shine runner. Yeah, don't ask, don't tell.

I was pleased when we found all the hidden compartments in this house after we bought it. Even a semi-hidden room you'd miss on casual inspection. I'm still not 100% that we've found them all.
we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .
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Postby gyre » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:22 pm

I found some books that might be helpful looking for any other hidden areas.
There are some modern upgrades that can be added to the traditional approaches.

Hardening and concealment are possible now.
I know someone using magnetic locks for a gunsafe closet.
And there is a sound key activated electric strike that is designed for containers, but can be adapted to anything.

A touch I expecially like is the room entrance, concealed in a hidden room, a technique used in the pyramids.
They may be intended to look like the main goodie room, so thieves stop looking.
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Postby gyre » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:29 pm

AntiM wrote:I was pleased when we found all the hidden compartments in this house after we bought it. Even a semi-hidden room you'd miss on casual inspection. I'm still not 100% that we've found them all.

That is so cool!

My old house had a secret attic area, that had no entrance.
I'm convinced it would have withstood any search, as the space appeared to not exist.
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