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Humans have been making, using, and consuming alcohol since the dawn of civilization. It first began with the cereal grains used to make beer by the cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Later, the cultures of the Mediterranean–the city-states of Greece and the Roman Empire–adopted wine as an integral part of social, political, and religious life.
The Age of Exploration starting in the 15th century gave birth to a new range of spirits thanks to the improvement and growth of the distillation process. Drinks like rum, whiskey, and brandy were used as currency to buy slaves in the colonies of the New World. Eventually, these same spirits played a major role in the formation of the United States.
In today’s times, alcohol is more than just a thirst quencher, religious symbol, or bartering agent. We now use alcohol as a disinfecting antiseptic, chemical solvent, in products like antifreeze, and as fuel. With such versatility, alcohol is one product whose demand will increase exponentially in the event of a disaster.
Thus, learning how to make your own alcohol can be an incredibly gratifying and potentially life-saving way to spend your time prepping. Doing so could yield an unlimited supply to be used for personal consumption, medical use, sterilization, fuel, and trade. If using a homemade still you can also create distilled water, another multipurpose survival substance.
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The components for making alcohol are actually quite simple. Alcohol is made when yeast is added to a sugar-containing substance, which releases CO2 and starts the fermentation process. In wine, yeast is added to a grape mixture to ferment the natural sugars over time.
The process is slightly more complicated in beer, as grains don’t contain as much natural sugar. Thus, the grain-growing process is halted midway to harness the sugar enzymes and “malt” the grain before yeast is added.
Hard liquor requires the additional step of distillation, which serves to concentrate the liquid AFTER the fermentation process of a “mash” of corn or fruit.
Though the process is labor intensive, making your own beer and wine is perfectly legal. In fact, home brewing has taken off as a hobby around the world in recent years.
You can purchase a kit with everything you need to get started or do it from scratch with your own materials.
Unfortunately, distilling alcohol remains illegal for personal use and distribution (in the United States) for reasons of safety, taxation, and……read more HERE