Nebraska Moonshine Laws

Nebraska is a major producer of corn in the United States of America. Corn is also the most important ingredient used in making alcoholic beverages in the state. Moonshine is allowed in Nebraska as it is in every other state of the United States. The state constitution says that it the right of every citizen of Nebraska to produce his or her own alcohol until he is not violating the state laws and regulations.

  1. Is owning a still legal?

Owning a still for producing wyne or bier from fruits, vegetables, corn and grains by simple fermentation process is legal in Nebraska. Moreover, it is legal to share such alcoholic beverages with your family, friends and guests. However, if you intent to produce alcohol through distillation, you need to apply for a permit by the state government.

You can follow this link to get the application form for liquor distillation and sale in a micro-distillery:

  1. Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?

As there is no concept of student permits in the Nebraska liquor laws, the school authorities can file for a Temporary Operating Permit as defined in Nebraska Statute 53-117, for carrying out alcohol distillation as a science assignment in the school. According to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, people who are not liquor license holders in Nebraska but are citizens of the state can apply for such a permit. A temporary operation license is issued by the state authorities for 90 days. Moreover, students and school authorities can sell the alcohol they produce.

Following link will lead to you the temporary operating license form:

  1. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Nebraska?

Ethanol distillation needs attention and care as the process involved can prove to be highly dangerous. For obtaining a license for ethanol distillation in order to produce spirituous liquor or fuel, for personal use, you need to get a permit by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. You can find the application form at:

Special taxes are applied to ethanol distilled products depending on their quantity and quality.

  1. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?

Nebraska Moonshine Still ConstructionIt is legal to distill essential oils by water or steam distillation if the produce is objected for manufacturing in soap, detergents and toiletries, perfumes etc. for personal or family use. However, if alcohol is produced by water or steam distillation of essential oils, and you use it without a permit, that is against the law.

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:

Links: – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Distilled Spirits – Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, Licensing information