So, I am quite the nerd, and one of the things I nerd about is the law in general, and in particular the legal standing of specific things around the world, such as photography, copyright and homebrewing.

The question is pretty clear, but I would love some historical background, too, if you have it.

  • This should either be closed as there's not a "best" answer, or (better yet) converted to a Wiki.
    – Graham
    Mar 6 '12 at 18:43
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    I don't think any answers to this will be useful outside of particular places at a particular time. There are better forums for gathering this sort of information, and one of the answers below addresses that.
    – baka
    Mar 7 '12 at 0:45

Before asking about maybe it would be good to consult the oracle (i.e. google):



Here in NJ, we needed a $20/year permit to homebrew. Just this year, the governor signed a law removing that permit, so we can brew up to the federal limit (100 gals/year for an individual, 200/year for a household) legally without any permits.


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