The moonshine laws in the UK make it illegal to produce moonshine. Those who want to produce any type of spirit in England are required to obtain the excise license. Those who make moonshine illegally in England will be imposed fine up to £ 1000. Moreover, all the equipment that were used to make the liquor will be seized by the authorities.
According to the distillation laws in the UK, home-brewing of beer and wine for domestic consumption is legal in the UK. There is no quantity restriction also. Those who want to produce alcoholic beverages for sale are required to get registered with HM Revenue and Customs and also they should pay the alcohol duty. In England, it is illegal to manufacture spirit without obtaining the distiller’s license. The license is issued under section 12 of the Alcohol Liquor Duties Act of 1979. Those who distil alcohol without the license and are caught by the authorities have to pay the duty on the alcohol that is present in the spirit that they make and a penalty of either £ 250 or 5% of the duty amount whichever is more.
Home distilling in England
According to UK home distilling laws, it is legal to distil alcohol in a home provided one had obtained the proper license. Also, there are rules pertaining to the size of still that can be used for home-distilling of alcohol. It is unlawful to carry out home-distillation using stills that are not of the size as mentioned in the rules.
In the UK, an unlawful distillation of alcohol in home is not considered as a criminal offense. It is purely a civil matter. Distilling of alcohol for own consumption or for fuel is legal in England so long as the person who carries out the distillation holds a valid Rectifier’s license. While applying for the license one has to provide drawings of his still, details such as the place where the still is used and the products that are to be produced. One should also maintain a record of quantity produced and ingredients used for distillation.
For more details one can visit the website of HM Revenue and Commerce at http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPort … e=document.
History of Moonshine
The people of England never used the word moonshine as the name of the alcoholic liquor till the late 1800s. As a result of the American Revolution as well as the Civil War, the alcoholic beverage was taxed and as a result distilling of illegal liquor started as a violent movement to protest against the taxation. The English people used the word moonshine to describe a task that is carried out at night under the moonlight. When people started to produce liquor at night under the moonlight to avoid the tax collectors, the liquor came to know as moonshine.