[Artemisia] Alcohol Judging
Richard & Florence Evans
rcfaevans at Comcast.net
Fri May 9 19:15:34 CDT 2008
I honestly think that this may have been misstated on the judging form due
to the fact that we had little time and that we were jammed in a minivan
trying to judge the brewing entries. (Alchohol wasn't allowed on the Site
itself.) If this was my form, I apologize. But, since I was there and know
exactly what was said, please accept this explanation:
No one was actually suggesting that one should actually break the law and
distill. Quite the contrary, we agreed we would have to disallow the entry
because it broke civil law and therefore corpora law. What we were trying
to communicate was that, while judging the Authenticity portion, if one uses
a mundane item, one needs to explain why. Now, we know it is against the
law. We also know grinding lead for paint can cause nerve damage. I simply
feel, speaking as a judge, that anytime one replaces a Period item with a
mundane item, it should be explained. That's all...nothing else...no hidden
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark" <whitewolf at lolopeak.com>
To: "Arie" <artemisia at lists.gallowglass.org>
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 2:49 PM
Subject: [Artemisia] Alcohol Judging
While reviewing a judging sheet from last weekends Arts & Sciences.
I came across what I feel is a troubling comment, it seems that in judging a
liquor the comment was made something like "why did you not distill the
To suggest that someone should distil or that your score might be higher if
you had presents several problems.
1) Distillation of beverage alcohol is a violation of
federal law. It is illegal in every state. Unless you have both state &
federal licenses to do it commercially. This requires a list of
requirements that is nearly endless. Including posting a $5,000 bond with
the feds, plus whatever your state wants.
Yes, it is done.
I earn part of my living selling stills, still parts, yeast & other
components that are specifically intended for doing just that.
I always point out that I can legally sell you this, and you can legally own
all of it, but if you actually use it, it is illegal!
2) There are potential poisoning problems involved in
distillation. While the potential is generally exaggerated, they are real &
3) These are in fact separate activities. Making a liquor
& making the base alcohol are decidedly different processes. They have
little in common other than the beverage alcohol involved.
I repeat for emphases Distillation of beverage alcohol is an illegal
activity. There is no provision in Federal Law (CFR-27 is the relevant
section) for anyone to get permission to legally distill for personal
In my opinion:
Anyone who is in any position of authority, which includes judges in a
competition, should not be suggesting that someone should be distilling, or
that their scores might be higher if they had.
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