The family that homebrews together, breaks state law?

Some homebrewers have unknowingly violated a state law that legislators say is outdated. 9NEWS at 6 p.m. 1/20/16.

DENVER— Homebrewing beer has been legal in Colorado for decades, but a group of state lawmakers discovered a problem: a strict reading of Colorado law only allows one person to homebrew in each household.
Colorado law allows tax-free homebrewing of beer (and home fermenting of wine) only by "a head of a family," and it has to be made "for family use."

This part of state law does not contain a definition of "head of a family," but the language implies that it's only legal for one person in each household to brew.

 The bipartisan HB 1084 aims to clear up this quandary by changing "head of a family" to "adult" in state law and "family use" to "personal use."
9NEWS is unaware of any legal action against a Colorado homebrewer for inviting friends or other family members to participate in boiling up a batch, but the bill would take this theoretical problem and make certain it's no problem at all.
(Editor's note: Beer is brewed regularly in this reporter's household. To avoid dispute of who is the "head" of that household, as well as self-incrimination, the reporter has declined to state how many members of the household participate in brewing.)

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