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Colorado Distilling Laws
Here is summary of Colorado's laws regarding home distillation of moonshine whiskey, fuel alcohol, essential oils, and water.
Owning a still
The State of Colorado does not prohibit ownership of a still.
Distilling Water and Essential Oils
Yes, it is legal to distill water. It is also legal to distill essential oils without the use of alcohol as a solvent.
Distilling Alcohol for Fuel
It is not legal to distill alcohol for fuel and no fuel alcohol permit exists.
Distilling for Personal Consumption
It is not legal to distill alcohol for personal consumption, though fines are minimal (see below).
Fines and Penalties for Distilling Alcohol in the State of Colorado
The good news is that distilling alcohol for personal consumption in the State of Colorado is neither a felony or a misdemeanor. The act actually falls in a category called "Petty Offenses." Specifically, moonshining in Colorado is a Class 2 Petty Offense and it shares this category with violations such as littering, leaving a campfire unattended, water skiing without a life jacket, and riding a bus without paying a fee. If one is caught making moonshine in Colorado, they are subject to a $250 fine. Freedom ain't free folks...freedom ain't free.
Governing Legal Documents
American Home Distillers Association