HOMEBREW Digest #4644 Wed 03 November 2004

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  Homebrew Auctioning ("Chad Stevens")
  Re:  Tap lines ("Michael O'Donnell")
  Gone Troppo ("Phil Yates")
  Re: AHA Secretarial Resignation (Mark Tumarkin)
  re: Yeast Rancing under water ("Reif and Angie Hammond")
  Re: Is it legal? (Jeff Renner)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 20:54:03 -0800 From: "Chad Stevens" <zuvaruvi at cox.net> Subject: Homebrew Auctioning With regard to auctioning your homebrew, I certainly can't make the judgment call for you, but I'll try to provide some insight. The statute which defines homebrew is found in IRS code (26 USC): 26 USC 5053: (e) Beer for personal or family use Subject to regulation prescribed by the Secretary, any adult may, without payment of tax, produce beer for personal or family use and not for sale. The aggregate amount of beer exempt from tax under this subsection with respect to any household shall not exceed- (1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are 2 or more adults in such household, or (2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only 1 adult in such household. For purposes of this subsection, the term "adult" means an individual who has attained 18 years of age, or the minimum age (if any) established by law applicable in the locality in which the household is situated at which beer may be sold to individuals, whichever is greater. Basically, what this code is telling the IRS is, folks can brew beer for personal consumption, and the government ought to leave them alone and let them do it without taxing them. So, as far as the federal government is concerned, the only difference between commercial beer and homebrewed beer is revenue. "If you're makin' money, we're gonna tax you." So it would seem, selling, raffling, auctioning, or otherwise creating any revenue as a result of brewing beer at home, is in conflict with the intent of 26 USC 5053. You may be treading on thin ice. One way around this is to charge for entry to an event where tastes of homebrew are given away. I'm sure there are others, but none come to mind at the moment. Good luck, Chad Stevens QUAFF San Diego Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 23:40:35 -0800 From: "Michael O'Donnell" <mooseo at stanford.edu> Subject: Re: Tap lines >Jay wants a way to seal tap lines through a fridge. Silicone sounds like a good bet; it isn't a great adhesive, so it is easy to peel off when you need to replace them. Don't worry about the stink... I think silicone uses acetic acid for cure, which isn't too bad... besides, if it could affect your beer, O2 would be able to get to it too, and that is probably worse. Basically, if the beer is in a keg, the fumes from the sealant can't get in, and acetic acid isn't (as far as I know, but I'm no chemist) able to pass through the walls of the lines. There are different grades of hardware-store silicone... the tub stuff has an anti-mildew compound in it (as opposed to food grade, or aquarium sealant)... personally, I'd use that. cheers, mike Monterey, CA Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 21:45:43 +1100 From: "Phil Yates" <phil.yates at bigpond.com> Subject: Gone Troppo I liked Graham's description of how the far northern inhabitants survive the wet season and actually get some sleep. Graham comments that he went through 9 litres of beer in three days during one humid patch. So what? Is this supposed to be an example of constraint? Surely you meant 90 litres of beer in three days, Graham? If the best you can manage is 9 litres in three days in the stinking tropics, I'd say you are badly out of practise! Not that appreciating fine beer has anything to do with high consumption of such. Far from it. But really Graham, 9 litres in three days? I'd be keeping quiet about that pathetic effort. "Going troppo" is a well know phenomenon associated with living in the tropics. Personally, anyone who chooses to live in places like Townsville has in my view gone troppo before they even got there! It's nearly as ridiculous as idiots like me who put up with a Southern Highlands winter every year. Graham says I've learnt a lot from him, well I have. I don't live in Townsville and I don't ride push bikes in front of buses. I also can drink 9 litres of beer in any given three days, even in the middle of a Southern Highlands winter. Phil Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 19:31:35 -0500 From: Mark Tumarkin <tumarkin at hogtownbrewers.org> Subject: Re: AHA Secretarial Resignation A couple of days ago, Rob Moline sent the following Resgination notice out to the HBD & TechTalk - AHA Secretarial Resignation, v2.0 Effective 11.1.2004, my resignation as Secretary of the AHABOA has been offered and accepted by the Board. Susan Ruud has been appointed by the Chair, Mark Tumarkin, to serve the remainder of my term, and will hopefully be voted in by the Board to serve as Secretary for a further full term of two years at the next NHC. I know I intend to vote for her, should I be re-elected as a Board member. She will serve our community honourably. All nominations submitted to me have been forwarded to the Board for their consideration, and Susan shall handle the rest of the election process. Cheers! Rob Moline The above announcement has caused some concerned inquiries. Let me say that Rob was NOT asked to resign.Rob's service to the AHA Board of Advisors (and the larger brewing community)is greatly appreciated. He resigned for two reasons. Firstly, because his term on the Board has expired and he is up for re-election. As Secretary, it is one of his duties to oversee the election. He doesn't want there to be any possible perception of impropriety. Secondly, he chose not to take advantage of the current term extension that is available to sitting Board members under the BoA bylaws (since he is actively seeking to change the bylaws with regard to this term extension, as well as several other issues). This course of action was Rob's choice, dictated by his belief that the direction towards a more grass-roots driven AHA should mean that BoA officers should be able to garner enough support from the membership to be re-elected rather than have their terms automatically extended. As such, he has chosen to run for re-election this year. Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have about Rob's resignation, Mark Tumarkin Chairman of the AHA Board of Advisors Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 19:36:59 -0500 From: "Reif and Angie Hammond" <arhammond at comcast.net> Subject: re: Yeast Rancing under water Dave, There is a yeast storage article in the Brewery Library that refers to storage of yeast under distilled water: http://brewery.org/brewery/library/SterileDW1096.html Do you use distilled or RO water, or generic grocery store water? Thanks, Reif Durham, NH Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 19:49:05 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <jeffrenner at comcast.net> Subject: Re: Is it legal? "Stephen Rockey" <slrjk at egyptian.net> writes: >I have been asked to make a beer for the highest bidder in a silent auction >for our church's "Wurstmart." (Its OK, we're Lutheran!) > >Is it legal? I'm not selling the beer, I'm offering my service...or at >least the product of my service. It depends on the laws in the state in which you live. (I assume that, despite your domain name, you don't live in Egypt). Here in Michigan, our law legalizing homebrewing was finally passed about five years ago. Before that it was theoretically illegal because, while wine and cider were mentioned in the law legalizing home alcohol production, beer was not. This was due to copying the original 1933 federal law, which also omitted beer, apparently thru an oversight. This was finally corrected in 1979 thanks to California Sen. Cranston. Anyhow, the Michigan law was drafted by a legislator who was also a homebrewer, and it benefited by both his insight and by looking at other state laws. We are explicitly permitted to remove beer from our premises, and to give up to 20 gallons per year as gifts. Still, I suspect that even in Michigan this might be an iffy proposition, at least theoretically. However, I brewed before 1979 and never worried about being busted, and I doubt that you'd have a problem. But you could be entirely legal by brewing at the winner's home and having him pitch the yeast. And since Brew On Premises are able to have people legally brew away from their own home if they pitch the yeast, you could probably brew it at your house. In the end, except for the church not wanting to be publicly involved in anything that is even theoretically illegal, you may want to do this. Besides, if you invite the winner over to participate, you might make a convert to homebrewing. And you could advertise the auction as being not just for beer but a chance to participate in brewing customized beer of the winner's choice. Hope they don't want Bud Lite. Jeff PS - This illustrates why I suggest that people tell us where they are. It helps answer questions sometimes, and you may even find out that there is a brewer you didn't know about right down the road. And include your name, as Stephen did. Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at comcast.net "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
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