Is distilling legal in New Zealand?

Distilling your own spirits is legal in New Zealand for personal consumption only.

How can I legally distill at home?

The Federal Distilled Spirits Permit If you want to distill spirits at home to consume yourself or share with others, you must first apply for a Federal Distilled Spirits Permit. The permit requires a hefty fee, in addition to regulated inspections of your distillation equipment and facility.

Is distilling at home illegal?

That said it is perfectly legal to own a still to make distilled water or essential oils just don’t get caught distilling alcohol in it. If you’re willing to throw down the time, money and pain involved in getting a Federal liquor distiller’s license, you can make your own moonshine all day long legally.

Why is home distilling illegal?

According to federal law, making beverage alcohol at home is illegal, plain and simple. Why is that? Distilled spirits like whiskey are taxed at the highest rate of any alcohol, far more than either beer or wine. (Actually, a tax on spirits as the very first tax ever levied in the United States.)

Is it illegal to make your own alcohol in NZ?

In New Zealand, it is legal to distil your own spirits and liqueurs for personal consumption. In the UK, it is illegal to manufacture spirits without a distiller’s licence which is required under the provisions.

Is it illegal to make moonshine in NZ?

New Zealand is one of the few western societies where home distillation is legal for personal consumption but not for private sale. Hokonui Moonshine is now produced legally and commercially by the Southern Distilling Company which has recently started to export it.

Can you distill your own whiskey?

Distilling your own whiskey at home can end badly—possibly in injury or arrest. But for those interested in crafting a custom dram, including whisky clubs, there is an increasingly available and legal option designed to take you from drinker to distiller. Craft distillers like Foundry Distilling Co.

What states is it legal to make moonshine?

In 2010, legal moonshine stills opened in some parts of the south, including South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama. These produced legal moonshine for sale and distribution. The product became quite popular for its representation of cultural history.

Is hobby distilling legal?

Distilling in California is illegal, even if it would be federally legal. 23300. No person shall exercise the privilege or perform any act which a licensee may exercise or perform under the authority of a license unless the person is authorized to do so by a license issued pursuant to this division.

Is it legal to make moonshine for personal use?

Making moonshine also poses obvious risks of fire or explosion. Laws against moonshine may place those who wish to make their own line of commercial brandy or other spirit in a tricky situation. But federal law trumps state law, and to the feds, distilling at home for personal consumption is illegal, period.

At what proof should I stop distilling?

When to Stop Distilling Experienced moonshiners generally run their stills until the alcohol from the wash has reduced to somewhere around 10-20 proof. It is not worth the time and energy to distill further to separate the little remaining alcohol from the water.

Can a 16 year old drink alcohol in a restaurant NZ?

If you are under 18 years old and with a legal parent or guardian you can: drink alcohol in a supervised area where meals are served (such as a restaurant or family lounge bar) but only if it is provided by the parent or guardian with you.

What kind of distilling equipment do I Need?

This dome and condenser fit the T500 bolier and the Grainfather Brewing system. This pot still will retain the wash flavours and can be used to make Gin, brandy, whiskey or bourbon and rum. All you need to make quality Spirits at home.

Where to buy home brew supplies in New Zealand?

Buy home brew supplies online with fast NZ Delivery! Welcome to the Homebrew Shop; New Zealand’s online brewshop.

Which is the best still for home distilling?

The ultimate still in home distilling, the T500 is a must for anyone who wants to produce large quantities of extremely clean, pure alcohol. The T500 allows you to collect an astonishing 95% of the possible alcohol from the wash. This comes out at an amazing 93% alcohol purity which beats every other still on the market.

How much does neutral spirit cost in NZ?

For about $9/litre you can make your own neutral spirit of 95% ABV (190 Proof) and if you water that down to 43% ABV (86 Proof) you’ve got a bottle of 1 litre neutral spirit for NZ$4.50!