NEED TO KNOW
LEGAL OR UNLAWFUL?
Jimmy Carter legalized home brewing in 1979, granting Americans the right to make up to 100 gallons of beer annually (twice that if married), but each state has its own restrictions.
WILL IT KILL YOU?
Even if your beer smells like Band-aids, if it’s fermented, it’s safe to drink.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED
“Be fanatical about cleaning and sanitation, and be aware that those are two different things,” says Radical Brewing author Randy Mosher, who recommends buying brewing-appropriate chemicals to fortify your inner neat freak. Furthermore, he says, “you want to use a good beer yeast and plenty of it, especially if you’re brewing a stronger beer.”