In at least some jurisdictions, the beer comes into existence -- in the
eyes of the law -- the instant the yeast is pitched. Couple of years
ago, my homebrew club did a public homebrewing demonstration. We were
told that while it is against the law to produce ***ic beverages on
public property, we would be fine from a legal standpoint as long as we
didn't pitch the yeast. Never mind the fact that pitching the yeast
only accounts for a few seconds out of a process that takes several
hours; or the fact that there is an insignificant amount of ***
present for quite a while afterwards...
So anyway... if you happen to live in a jurisdiction where the above
definition of "when it becomes beer" applies, it seems to me that
there's an obvious out: When you go to brew that batch that's gonna put
you over the limit, just invite a friend over, and have him pitch the
yeast for you. Just make sure your friend is at least 21... it is
probably illegal for an *** person to add yeast to a malt sugar
solution, because then they would technically be in possession of an
***ic beverage! :-)
(FWIW, I don't believe I've ever even come close to hitting the limit...
200 gallons is a *lot* of beer!)
> That does sound absurd. Probably very hard to enforce, too. To phrase
> this question where an answer can't incriminate:
> Don't most homebrewers have a friend that would claim to have brewed
> the 55th gallon (or in other states the 105th)?