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Homebrewing is the brewing of beer, wine, sake, mead, cider, perry and other beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, through fermentation on a small scale as a hobby for personal consumption, free distribution at social gatherings, amateur brewing competitions or other non-commercial reasons.

Brewing on a domestic level has been done for thousands of years, but has been subject to regulation and prohibition. Restrictions on homebrewing were lifted in the UK in 1963, Australia followed suit in 1972, and the USA in 1978, though individual states were allowed to pass their own laws limiting production.

While legality of homebrewing varies from country to country, most allow homebrewing, some countries limiting the volume brewed by an individual, and even fewer countries allowing distillation of hard alcohol.
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review by . December 28, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
So you like good beer.  Maybe you like the same kind of beer as me.  Maybe you don't.  The point is you have your tastes.      The best beer IMO is always the beer that one makes oneself.  You can make it as hoppy as you like, light or dark, rich or thinner (with higher alcohol), carbonated or even leave it uncarbonated like they used to a hundred years ago.  It's a whole new world.      Beer brewing isn't very hard.  …
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