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Old 06-23-2018, 11:52 PM   #1
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I'm I the only one who sees home brewing and reloading as survival skills?
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:42 AM   #2
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I'm I the only one who sees home brewing and reloading as survival skills?
Reloading, sure. Home brewing and distilling? Not really. Think of running a still. For me, the ingredients would be far more valuable than the end product. I would rather keep the five gallons of water, bag of sugar, bag of corn, the propane to run the stove, etc. rather than trade it all for a bottle of 'shine.
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Reasonable alcohol consumption with food and added to consumed fluids is a historical prophylactic. In addition to bacteria control alcohol can inhibit ingested parasites. Without wine or beer ancient cities would have had less of a chance to form.
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Reasonable alcohol consumption with food and added to consumed fluids is a historical prophylactic. In addition to bacteria control alcohol can inhibit ingested parasites. Without wine or beer ancient cities would have had less of a chance to form.
All of this, plus as a barter item, or for medicinal purposes.

Historically speaking farmers converted their extra production of grains like cord, barley etc, into alcohol(common in early America as well), as it was easier to store, kept longer, and in the case of beer, as nutritious as bread. Advantageous in a survival situation indeed

Many European monks fasted for the entirety of lent, not eating solid food, and subsisting solely on beer. It is where bock and dopple bock beer originated.

There is also archaeological and anthropological theory that points to humans were motivated to become settled and agrarian and leave the hunter gatherer lifestyle, so they could grow grain not for bread, but for the production of alcohol, leading to the rise of modern civilization.

Reloading, certainly, to include bullet casting and the manufacture of powder, etc.
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So far it seems 3 to 2(including the OP) in favor of the notion.
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Nope.
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I'm w ya on home brewing, although I have leaned towards acquiring knowledge and skills in distilling liquor as it had fuel and medical uses in addition to the more usual
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It will be a survival skill when you are all drinking my slivovitz.
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It couldn't possibly hurt to have those skill sets.
If you don't have the skills yet, SHTF would be the wrong time to practice.
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I can see where the materials would be put to better use... but then, what better use than making some home brew? Many of the distilled spirits came from not having good clean water to drink... distill it and give yourself something to pass the time with! I'm with ya!
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Distilling water for sure ...beer keg and some bits http://stpats.com/index.htm
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I'm I the only one who sees home brewing and reloading as survival skills?
Any way that an individual/family/small group can produce something that people want/need is a good thing to look into for having a niche in whatever the economy turns into.
If you have fruit trees theres *always* plenty of ingrediants that fall to the ground on their own that wont get eaten by people, so between feeding the pigs and distilling some schnapps thats plenty of use right there
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No, you're not.

Just FWIW, my Grandmother put my Mom through nursing school as a RN and my uncle through vocational school to become a certified welder from the sale of moonshine.

She was good at what she did.

The only reason the government doesn't like it, they don't get their share of the tax for it. My Grandmother often reminded me that the folks here revolted because of a tax on tea, and even had the Constitution changed back because prohibition of alcohol wasn't working.

That's about all I've got to say about that.
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I have an Uncle that was very similar to what you describe John A. He also never would buy a hunting license either, said he cannot see a reason why he should give more money to the government. When he was alive, he had the best brew.... stuff would make you completely lose track of everything, a complete mind eraser, lol.
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[ported from another trhead]

"Jack's Apocalypse" is a much more normal 3 star prepping film on aftermath of a SHTF event where, ironically enough, "home brew" (the topic of another recent thread) is a big part of the plot.

It's on Amazon Prime
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