Re: Financial self-protection
On the self-preservation via self-pickling... Recently there was a story here in So Cal about some guy arrested for something non-related and they found a small still in his garage. The police and DA didn't know what to do about it and had to call ATF to ask them if it was legal or not. It is that rare out here. And last I heard they were trying to decide whether to bother charging him or not. Best I could tell from the story he was just distilling his own booze to save money.
But you can brew all the wine and beer you want legally.
And hey, I use a *lot* of distilled water when I'm polishing. So one of those water distillers is a necessary part of my work!