Would Learning How To Make Alcohol Be Helpful?

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  1. John Snort

    John Snort Well-Known Member
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    Some ways a prepper could use alcohol:

    - Use it as fuel or make it easier to start a fire.
    - Alcohol can be used as a disinfectant.
    - It can kill foul odors.
    - It can be used for pain relief [not sure about that but some people say if you have toothache, alcohol can help numb the pain.
    - And as lots of people drink and will still need it you can barter alcohol for stuff you might need.

    So I suppose therefore learning how to make alcohol/moonshine from grains should be something every prepper should do?
     
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  2. Valerie

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    I wholeheartedly agree. Alcohol is quite useful, especially because you can make it from variety of plants, fruits and vegetables. Of course, distillation sometimes takes a while... especially to get the potency desired. Making moonshine might be a good idea, but doesn't that require just mixing a bunch of already made alcohol? What if there's a shortage of alcohol? How are you going to ferment the liquids? Maybe vinegar would be easier, haha.

    Definitely be worth a shot, though, if you had the materials for making alcohol close by.
     
  3. John Snort

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    Not necessarily. Moonshine can be made from corn or any other grains. All you need is some water and yeast and of course whatever you'll use to distill the alcohol. Even if you can't get hold of yeast there are ways you can make yeast yourself.
     
  4. Kev Brown

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    It's definitely worth it for the reasons you've mentioned. Drinking it for recreation purposes is actually one of the last reasons to produce alcohol. Learning to make or prepare anything naturally will always help you in the future.
     
  5. Endure

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    Heh that's true, a moonshiner can become a great prepper. You can ask any hillbilly how they manage to survive the poorest areas of USA, I'm not joking. These people have it rough there and become moonshiner for trade.
     
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  6. Keith H.

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    Alcohol is addictive for some people & personally I think it would be more trouble than it is worth. Standard alcoholic drinks on the market today are NOT strong enough to use on wounds, so unless you can make something stronger you are wasting your time.
    If you need alcohol to help start a fire then you have not learnt fire making skills & you are better off learning how to make fire without using alcohol than you are learning how to make alcohol. There are plants that can be used to dress wounds, urine from a healthy person is good to wash wounds. So much stuff to learn & making alcohol should be on the bottom of your list if on the list at all.
    Keith.
     
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  7. glreese

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    I think that would be a great idea.. Alcohol has many uses, one of the most important being that it is good for disinfecting and cleaning injuries. There are many uses for it. Besides that, if you learn how to make it, you could sell it or trade it with other people who need it as well.
     
  8. Tom Williams

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    Shine has many uses after shtf fuel clean cook can be done with shine new cars and trucks will run on shine but willnot last long shine burns too hot older stuff pre 74 is best 60-50s best. Shine is explosesive make away from shelter
     
  9. lonewolf

    lonewolf Legendary Survivalist Staff Member
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    not for me.
     
  10. Tom Williams

    Tom Williams Moderator Staff Member
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    Gramps still is 100 years old still makes great shine ive been makeing shine for over 50 years
     
  11. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist
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    I noticed!
    Some of your posts display a fair amount of shine;)
     
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