The revision and relaxation of laws regarding home brewing has led to a marginal increase in the number of Oklahomans who produce their own wyne and bier at home. The legislation in action at the moment permits higher alcohol content as opposed to limits that were in action earlier. However moonshine distilling is still strictly forbidden. This article touches on the state laws and rules that need to be maintained when domestically carrying out either of the above mentioned processes.
- Is owning a still legal?
According to the Oklahoma Statue Title 37 section 37-163.1, it is not legal to own a still in Oklahoma until the products obtained from it comply with the state rules. In order to avoid penalty, you can produce wyne and bier containing more than one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) alcohol by volume and not more than three and two-tenths percent (3.2%) alcohol by weight. A resident of Oklahoma can produce up to 200 gallons of wine or beer, without a license and share it with his family and guests.
- Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?
There are two ways through which school authorities and teacher can obtain a permit for their students for carrying out a school science assignment:
- The school authorities can personally inform the state officials about the assignment and ask for permission. The state officials will then examine the apparatus and the location for the assignment. They may also supervise the event if necessary.
- You can follow this link to apply for a special event permit, which will enable the students to distill, share and sell alcohol under adult supervision:
- What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Oklahoma?
It is legal to distill ethanol to produce any other form of spirit with a permit. You can distill ethanol to produce fuel, vodka, gin or any other form of spirituous liquor. However, it is not legal to distill ethanol to produce a drinkable form of spirit such as vodka or gin which exceeds the amount of alcoholic content that is permitted by the state law.
You can apply for an ethanol distillation plant for manufacturing alcoholic beverages by following this link:
- Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?
You do not need to inform the state authorities about owning and using a still if you intent to produce essential oils from it. It is legal to distill essential oils and you do not need to pay taxes to the state for you produce. However, if you distill essential oils and water to produce alcohol without first informing the state officials and obtaining a license, you may be charged with felony and (or) misdemeanor.
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.ok.gov/able/ – Oklahoma Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement (ABLE)