From moonshining to homebrewing

From moonshining to homebrewing

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Not so long ago homebrewing was forbidden and we couldn't make our own beer in the comfort of our home. Luckily now we are living in the time where we don't have to struggle with problems like that, but this wasn't that easy before. Let's dive into the history of homebrewing with a little shortcut towards moonshining.

Illegal beer brewing is a phenomenon of the middle ages and the early new age. To be exact the prohibition of alcohol has always led to the spreading of illegal brewing, the best example, in this case, is the American Prohibition Law (1919-1933). The word "moonshine" is believed to be derived from the term "moonrakers" used for early English smugglers and the clandestine nature of the operations of the illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey.

Illegal brewing in the older days was illegitimate as well but didn't lead to the increase of criminalism. The act itself was born due to the demand for breaking into the beer market and on top of it all, brewers could avoid taxpaying in the illegality. They've regularly left the main directions of brewing (that allowed industrial brewing and the accessibility to the market only for local and "real" brewers) out of account for two reasons. Firstly, foreign brewers didn't really content themselves with benefits only from their own market. Secondly, the people could easily buy good quality beer cheaper than the officially approved price.

In order to evade the regulation, outlanders settled into not inside the town but next to it. Usually, they lived in well-equipped beer brewing ships beyond the territorial water. The beer kegs were transported during the night when everybody was asleep, and the brewers got their payment in the next day. But still, the actual illegal brewing took place in the town where there always were some citizens who’ve interpreted the law more broadly, so they’ve supplied their neighbors and other houses as well with beer and this activity wasn't left without appreciation amongst locals.

Nowadays the distilling and homebrewing business seems to be blooming globally, you can check Wikipedia freely to see what your country's law allows you on this matter. Besides the legal issues, health concerns can occur if you don't monitor the process properly. Watch carefully for the hygiene and the sanitizing mechanism every time after you brew. Unlike distilling, beer brewing can't put you in a bad position and your beer wouldn't be infected if you keep your equipment clean all the time.