That’s apparently what they are calling Moonshining these days, and apparently Tennessee is about to make it legal. Of course, that’s not going to get the feds off your back. Under federal law, you can make small amounts (up to 200 gallons) per year of wine or beer for your own use, or to give away to others (you can’t sell it). But there’s no amount of distilling that’s lawful for home use. To do that, you need a license from the ATF and you need to pay the excise taxes on what you make.
My understanding is that if you want to commercially brew, make wine, or distill, ATF is actually very helpful at getting people set up and in compliance with the federal law. Reading through a lot of forums on the subject several years ago I found myself thinking “This is not the ATF I knew.”
Speaking of brewing, it’s been quite some time since I’ve contributed toward my 200 gallon limit. Pretty soon I will need to bring that down to 195 left for the year. I’m thinking a scottish ale.