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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.”

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