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I had someone tell me last weekend that it is illegal to have a still without a license in the USA, I cannot find any information or citation of law that makes it illegal to distill our glycerin and recover the methanol. Any comments?



 
Registered: April 28, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The Federal Government requires you to pay taxes on any ethanol you distill. There may be licencing needed to be able to pay those taxes legally. A still is not illegal, unless it is being used to manufacture untaxed ethanol.

It's ALL about taxes.
 
Location: Cowboy Country | Registered: December 06, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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that was my understanding. Thanks



 
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Even though legal, I still try to watch what I say in the general public. I figure if I start referring to having to "go check my still" or stay home to "watch my meth. recovery" I might get visitors at my shop I don't need!
 
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I was told by a Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission agent when I asked about an industrial ethanol distilling license that in Texas it is only need to distil ethanol. That was a few years ago. The laws might have changed. Based on what the officer said I think there is no restriction on distilling methanol, which is a poison if consumed.
 
Location: Texas | Registered: April 27, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'm not sure of the Texas views on this... I'll make a mental note to do a little quick research when I get around to it.

I randomly know that in Arkansas, even possessing the copper coil alone is illegal.

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I randomly know that in Arkansas, even possessing the copper coil alone is illegal.


So much for soft copper plumbing in Arkansas. Must be a lot of frustrated plumbers. Lab supply houses can get you serpentine glass tubing that would work; almost every high school has it.

The only laws I am aware of are aimed at distilling DRINKING alcohol, not fuel alcohol (although that one can be touchy) or recovering toxic alcohol like methanol.

Look up *Apple Jack* so see how to get drinking alcohol without going through the process of distillation.



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The Texas Department of Public Safety, Precursor Apparatus Section has the task of issuing transfer permits to buy parts of a small still to do various types of chemistry research. Various parts of a small glass still are considered restricted "precursor laboratory apparatus". I applied for and got precursor apparatus transfer permits for my apparatus. I can now do biodiesel research as I see fit. It is a fun hobby from my perspective. If you want information on the legality of a still in Texas you can call Jeannie Malone, Texas Department of Public Safety, Precursor Apparatus Section in Austin Texas at (512)424-2481. She's a very nice person. To buy a small still requires filing an application. Then they probably check on you. Then they send a narcotics agent to inspect where the equipment will be used and stored. Then if they approve , they send a permit allowing you to purchase what you asked to purchase. The last time I applied for a permit it took about a month and a half before I had the flask in my hand. It is a hassle, but necessary to catch the bad guys who might be doing something. If you want to know about making your own still in Texas you might give Jeannie Malone a telephone call. The telephone number I gave is a government office. I hope that doesn't break forum rules. That's where the information is.
 
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I randomly know that in Arkansas, even possessing the copper coil alone is illegal.

So much for soft copper plumbing in Arkansas. Must be a lot of frustrated plumbers.
The Arkansas law probably outlaws owning parts of a Still such as the copper "worm" .
 
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