posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 03:34 PM
reply to post by Yarcofin
There are many reasons to know how to make booze in a survival situation. The #1 reason would be bartering...it is a great commodity.
and you could distill it and you have something of an antiseptic.
I make mead quite regularly and sanitation is the key...good ole chlorine bleach...now in a survival situation dont overlook pool supplies. There is
a lot of chlorine tablets and powders that could be used in a pinch. Just remeber that chlorine doesn't like sunlight...so keep your supplies outta
the sun if possible.
Yeast wouldn't/shouldn't be such a problem. Remember that our ancestors used wild yeasts to ferment their beverages. There is a tribe in africa
that uses baby poop to do the same and it is supposed to be some very good stuff. W/ a little planning you can keep yeast going for a long time.
Just propagate a new batch from an old.
Mead can be made very simply...honey water and some yeast...The best I ever made was a mead made from cider from apples I picked and pressed and added
several lbs of raspberries...it can and does get complicated but it is a great way to learn....I like the mead more than beer so I stuck with it...
There is a website www.gotmead.com that can explain a lot of this for you.
I just recently transfered my blackberry/raspberry mead from the secondary fermentor to another carboy to clear more...I started it back in June of
last year. I cannot wait to bottle it...but it wont be ready to drink until the end of the year.
Right now there is an orange spiced mead in the works too....hope it will be ready for xmas.
Someone mentioned cloudy beer...there are products out there that will help with this...Irish moss is one and there is one named Isenglas(sp) also.
The oldschool wine makers would use egg whites and bulls blood...I believe that Opus one still is refined with egg whites...
I hope everyone learns to brew their own...I have tasting parties 2x's a year where several of us get together and have a big party and people get to
vote on our beverages...