The state of Utah is geography built on its deserts, pine forests and mountain ranges. Mining and tourism are the two main sources of economy in the state. Utah has very strict moonshine laws set by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC). It is one of the eighteen alcoholic beverage control states of the United States of America. There are strict laws for the manufacturing and sale of alcoholic beverages in Utah where majority of the alcohol selling stores are state owned. The Mormon Church in Utah has great influence on the state’s culture and daily life and forbids its members to drink. So, the state’s liquor laws are also influenced by the Mormon Church.
1. Is owning a still legal?
It is legal to own a still and brew beer beverages in homes for personal or family use in Utah. However, alcohol distillation is not allowed at homes without a permit as in described in the government laws 26 U.S.C. 5179 and 5181. Moreover, making beverages from fruits is also not allowed. If anyone is found distilling alcohol at home, he can be arrested by the state police or fined for $10 000 or more.
2. Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?
For scientific or educational uses of alcohol or alcohol distillation the school authorities have to apply under Sections 32B-1-304 and 32B-10-202, -503 designed for a single event permit by the Utah department for Administrative Rules. Children are required to carry out the assignments under supervision of the school authorities which intern will be monitored by the state officials.
3. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Utah?
For local businesses or personal distillation of ethanol for producing either alcohol or fuel, an individual has to obtain a license for a still which he will keep at a place other than his own dwelling. Moreover, the apparatus has to be approved by the authorities by the licensee. As for moonshine produced by ethanol distillation for sale on social or business events, special permission needs to be taken from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control under Sections 32B-1-304 and 32B-10-202, -503. Moreover according to the US Code for alcohol regulations section 5615 (1), it is necessary to pay taxes for distilling ethanol.
4. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?
Distillation of essential oils and water at a still for personal use is not illegal. A permit is required by the state authorities for distilling essential oils and water for selling it commercially. Moreover, the person applying for the permit has to get his apparatus approved by the authorities.
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.alcbev.state.ut.us/ – Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control