Let’s face it, if the world collapses tomorrow you may want a drink. But aside from wanting to take the edge off, there are other good reasons to learn about alcohol production: medical and barter.
Unfortunately, as I understand it, alcohol in concentrations higher than typical bear and wine are still illegal to produce thanks to lingering prohibition laws. This is unless you want to go through a mountainous processes of becoming a federally licensed distillery.
But it’s still legal to learn about the interesting process and sock away some notes should those laws no longer apply. Or it will just give you something to talk about at the next cocktail party.
With that said, here are 3 books on the topic for “educational purposes only”:
Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin’ the Law * Recoverin’ the Next Day
From Publisher Weekly:
Food historian Rowley wants readers of this home-distillation guide to know something about alcohol and the law: “Without inspection and proper approvals, you are not permitted to make any amount for personal use. Not one drop.” That said, Rowley provides clear and well-illustrated instructions for building a still, preparing a mash and distilling alcohol right in your own backyard. It’s a complicated process, requiring a fire extinguisher, the skills of a good metalsmith and plenty of patience.[…] — Publishers Weekly, March 26, 2007
How to make beer, wine, liqueurs, cider and moonshine whiskey. The author dusts off over 30 years of experience to tell you how it’s done. He not only tells how to make darned near any kind of beer, wine, liqueur and whiskey you can imagine, he also tells you how to make the equipment to do it with. […]
You can build this six gallon electric still, and use it to turn corn, sugar, and other materials into a concentrated fuel for almost any internal combustion engine. No longer will you be dependent on gasoline supplies or unpredictable prices. You can make your own legal alcohol fuel, fast and inexpensively.