The State of Kansas is known for its lavish harvests of sunflowers, wheat, corn and sorghum on which the economy of the state depends. However, the State of Kansas, also known as the Wheat State is also famous for production of intoxicating beverages made of wheat which are highly popular with the locals as well as with people all over the country. So, moonshine or the unaged whisky production is common here. Not a good place to be allergic to wheat eh! However, the Kansas Department of Revenue has set certain rules for the production of wheat bier, wheat distilled vodka beverages and whiskies. Moreover, the alcohol laws for Kansas are the strictest in the United States.
1. Is owning a still legal?
According to legislature laws under K.S.A 41-104, owning a still is legal if it is not being used for distilling alcohol and selling it in the state of Kansas. The owners need to have a permit for keeping and using a still at home by which they can manufacture beverages prepared distillation. However it is ok to make of wine, cider or beer by a person from fruits, vegetables or grains, by simple fermentation and without distillation for their families only.
2. Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?
In the Kansas legislature Article 7 for Prohibited Acts and Penalties, students are prohibited to possess alcohol in any form. However, for a school project a school official has to forward an application form 5110.74 to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. If the application is accepted, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau authorities need to be fully educated on the adult supervision and safety measures which will be provided to the students for the project.
3. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Kansas?
Permission is needed to distill ethanol under the Act 27 of Chapter 41 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated. When the manufacturer passes the license terms only then he or she is able to acquire an ethanol still provided that they pay a tax of hundred dollars too.
4. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?
The moonshine rules for the use of stills say that it is not illegal to distill water and in extracting essential oils by steam or water extraction methods. However, it is considered legal if essential oils are produced by a solvent method and alcohol is obtained as a by-product during the process.
For more information please visit the website of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue.
Finally, we are not lawyers, this info is for your entertainment only, so be sure to consult a crafty moonshine laws lawyer before spending any monies on your own distillation plant!
“Remember, the distillation of ethyl-alcohols is illegal without a permit per federal moonshine laws and is inherently dangerous because of ethanol’s flammability (never operate a homemade still indoors). For more moonshine laws and other moonshine still permit information, visit: http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/faq.shtml”
http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/index.shtml – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Distilled Spirits
http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/041_000_0000_chapter/041_007_0000_article/041_007_0027_section/041_007_0027_k/ – Kansas Legislature for Prohibited Acts and Penalties