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Is It Legal To Make Your Own Liquor At Home In New York State?

If you love to imbibe, you may have considered making your own special, one-of-a-kind liquor. Something that is made exactly to your tastes. But, is it legal in New York State? I was watching Underworld, Inc., (one of my favorite docuseries) and they had an episode on illegal alcohol, which included moonshiners, of course. The people they featured lived in the south and went up to the Appalachian Mountains to make their illegal brews. Their stills were out in the wilderness, where animals and insects were able to get into to product. So I completely understand why it's illegal. Seeing the unsanitary conditions and chemicals that are used in the moonshine illegal moonshine process will make anyone in their right mind think twice about taking a swig.
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Pro Football Focus Says New York Giants Are Worse Than Last Year?

There is little question that the New York Giants appear to be going in a better direction than they were a year ago. The subtraction of former general manager Dave Gettleman was enough to propel Big Blue up in my rankings. New GM Joe Schoen and his confident first-year head coach Brian Daboll are attempting to create Buffalo south in East Rutherford, NJ. However, Ben Linsey and Pro Football Focus (@PFF) ranked all 32 NFL teams on ESPN+. Will the Giants be better in 2022? If they are, it may not be because of the players.
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And They’re Off! Ten Must-See Summer Events at Saratoga Race Course

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Can The Albany Patroons Win The Basketball League Title?

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Finally! Former Tri-City ValleyCat Makes MLB Debut One Decade Later

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ALBANY, NY

Gov. Hochul Announces New York State Police Seized More Than 600 Guns

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