It is legal to own a still; you can buy one online for less than $800. If you want to produce any alcohol in your still, you need a federal permit.
If you have a still, it must be permitted and you can only produce spirits for fuel use only, according to The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department.
It's illegal to make moonshine, which is untaxed spirits.
Even if a person wanted to make moonshine at home and pay federal taxes, it's not that simple. It requires a federal distiller's license and is cost-prohibitive for anything other than a large business.
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