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Inland Revenue Act 1880

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As to Brewers for Sale

19Certain persons to be deemed brewers for sale

Any person who brews beer for the use of any other person at any place other than the premises of the person for whose use the beer shall be brewed, and any person licensed to deal in, or retail, beer, who brews beer, shall be deemed to be a brewer for sale.

20A brewing book to be delivered to brewers for sale and provisions to be observed in relation thereto

A book in the prescribed form shall be delivered by an officer to every brewer for sale, and the following provisions shall have effect in relation to the book, and to the entries to be made therein:—

(1)The brewer shall keep the book in some part of his entered premises at all times ready for the inspection of the officers, and shall permit any officer at any time to inspect the same and make extracts therefrom.

(2)The brewer shall enter separately in the book the quantity of malt, corn, and sugar which he intends to use in his next brewing, and also the day and hour when such next brewing is intended to take place.

(3)The brewer shall make such entry, so far as respects the day and hour of brewing, twenty-four hours at the least before he shall begin to mash any malt or corn, or dissolve any sugar, and so far as respects the quantity of malt, corn, and sugar, two hours at the least before the hour entered for brewing.

(4)The brewer shall, two hours at the least before the hour entered for brewing, enter the time when all the worts will be drawn off the grains in the mash tun.

(5)The brewer shall, within one hour of the worts being collected, or, if the worts be not collected before nine in the afternoon, before nine in the forenoon of the following day, enter the particulars of the quantity and gravity of the worts produced from each brewing, and also the description and number of the vessel or vessels into which the worts have been conveyed.

(6)The brewer shall, at the time of making any entry, insert the date when the entry is made.

(7)The brewer shall not cancel, obliterate, or alter any entry in the book, or make therein any entry which is untrue in any particular.

(8)The brewer shall, if so required by the Commissioners, send notice in writing containing the prescribed particulars to the proper officer forty-eight hours before his next brewing is intended to take place. For any contravention of this section the brewer shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

21Marking of vessels and rooms and positions of vessels

(1) Every brewer for sale must cause to be legibly painted with oil colour, and keep so painted, on some conspicuous part of every mash tun, underback, wort receiver, copper, heating tank, cooler, and collecting and fermenting vessel, intended to be used by him in his business, and of the outside of the door of every room and place wherein any part of his business is to be carried on, the name of the vessel, room, or place, according to the purpose for which it is intended :

(2)When more than one vessel, room, or place is used for the same purpose, all such vessels, rooms, or places must be marked by progressive numbers.

(3)All mash tuns, underbacks, wort receivers, coppers, heating tanks, coolers, and collecting and fermenting vessels, shall be so placed and fixed as to admit of the contents being accurately ascertained by gauge or measure, and shall not be altered in shape, position, or capacity without two days previous notice in writing to the proper officer.

(4)For any contravention of this section the brewer shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

22Entry of premises

(1) Every brewer for sale must, before he begins to brew, make entry in the prescribed form of all premises, rooms, places, and vessels intended to be used by him for his business, specifying the purpose for which each room, place, and vessel is to be used, and the mark by which it is distinguished.

(2)The brewer must sign the entry, and deliver it to the proper officer.

23Provisions as to operations in course of brewing

(1) All grains in a mash tun must be kept untouched for the space of one hour after the time entered in the book as the time for the worts to be drawn off, unless the officer has attended and taken an account of such grains.

(2)All worts shall be removed successively, and in the customary order of brewing, to the underback, coppers, coolers, and collecting and fermenting vessels, and shall not be removed from the last-mentioned vessels until an account has been taken by the officer, or until after the expiration of twelve hours from the time at which the worts are collected in such vessels.

(3)When worts shall have commenced running into a collecting or fermenting vessel, the whole of the produce of the brewing shall be collected within twelve hours.

(4)For any contravention of this section the brewer shall incur a fine of fifty pounds.

24Provision for case of excess in gravity of worts

If the original gravity of any worts contained in the collecting or fermenting vessels shall at any time be found to exceed by five degrees the gravity as entered in the book by the brewer, or as ascertained by the officer, such worts shall be deemed to be the produce of a fresh brewing and be charged with duty accordingly.

25Provisions as to the separation and the mixing of brewings

(1) Every brewer for sale shall keep the total produce of a brewing separate from the produce of any other brewing for the space of twenty-four hours, unless an account of the first-mentioned produce shall have been sooner taken by the officer.

(2)He shall not mix the produce of one brewing with that of any other brewing, except in his store vats or casks, unless he shall have given previous notice hi writing to the proper officer, and he shall specify in writing the quantity and gravity of the worts when mixed: Provided, that a brewer having weak worts of a gravity not exceeding twenty-five degrees, may, if he think fit, reserve them for mixing with the produce of his next brewing, but in such case he shall keep all such weak worts in the coppers, heating tanks, or other vessels entered for the purpose.

(3)For any contravention of this section the brewer shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

26Power for officer to take samples

(1) An officer may take such samples as he may deem necessary of any worts or beer or materials for brewing in the possession of any brewer for sale.

(2)The brewer may, if he wishes, before any such sample is taken, stir up and mix together all such worts, beer, or materials from which the sample is taken.

27Penalty for concealing worts or beer, or adding sugar thereto after duty charged

If any brewer for sale shall conceal any worts or beer so as to prevent any officer from taking an account thereof, or shall mix any sugar with any worts or beer so as to increase the quantity or gravity thereof after an account of such worts or beer has been taken by an officer and the duty has been charged thereon, he shall, for every such offence, incur a fine of one hundred pounds, and the worts or beer in respect of which the offence is committed, together with the vessels containing the same, shall be forfeited.

28Brewer to provide scales, weights, ladders, &c

(1) Every brewer for sale must provide and maintain sufficient and just scales and weights and other necessary and reasonable appliances to enable the officers to take account of, or check by weight, gauge, or measure all materials and liquids used or produced in brewing. ,

(2)He must also render all necessary assistance to the officers in the taking of such accounts.

(3)He must also, if required by the officer, provide sufficient lights, ladders, and other conveniences.

(4)For every contravention of this section the brewer shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

29Power of entry and examination by officers

(1) An officer may at any time, either by day or night, enter any part of the entered premises of a brewer for sale, to take an account of the materials used or to be used in brewing, and of the worts and beer produced.

(2)If an officer, after having demanded admission into the entered premises of a brewer for sale, and declared his name and business at any entrance or window thereof, is not immediately admitted, the officer, and any person acting in his aid, may at any time, either by day or night (but at night only in the presence of an officer of the peace), break open any door or window of the premises, or break through any wall thereof for the purpose of obtaining admission, and the brewer shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

30Power to enter and search for concealed pipes, &c

(1) If any officer has reason to suspect that any private or concealed pipe, or conveyance, or vessel, is kept or made use of by a brewer for sale, he may, either by day or night, but at night only in the presence of an officer of the peace, break open any part of the premises of such brewer and forcibly enter therein, and may break up the ground in or adjoining such premises, or any wall thereof, to search for such private or concealed pipe, or conveyance, or vessel.

(2)If such officer shall find any such pipe or conveyance, he may enter any house in the possession of any other person into which such pipe or conveyance may lead, and may break up any part of such house or premises to search for the vessel communicating with such pipe.

(3)Every such pipe, conveyance, or vessel, and all beer, worts, or materials for brewing found therein, shall be absolutely forfeited, and the brewer shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

(4)If any damage is done in the search, and such search is unsuccessful, the damage shall be made good.

31Obstruction of officers

If any person by himself, or by any person in his employ, obstructs, hinders, or molests an officer in the execution of his duty, or any person acting in the aid of such officer, he shall incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

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