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Survival Uses for Moonshine

By M.L. LewisPublished about a year ago 3 min read
Top Story - June 2022

Moonshine is a high-proof liquor with a rich history. It gets its name from the illegal practice of making it. There are no rules to creating moonshine. Just four ingredients; cornmeal, sugar, water, and yeast, and simple equipment. It doesn’t require time to mature like wine, so it can be drunk on the same day it was bottled. The simplicity of making it is what attracts a lot of people to brew it at home. This smooth, slightly sweet, beverage began in Britain around the 15th century and is still being made today, despite its illegal status in most states. June 5th is the day we honor moonshine. So, today we’ll discuss its many uses outside of having a good time.


To start a fire, you need three things: heat, oxygen, and fuel. Moonshine is a highly flammable liquid, making it a great fuel source. Soak cotton balls in moonshine for one hour to have tinder ready to go. It’s made from natural sources. You won’t be releasing toxic fumes in the air, contaminating your food. When using Moonshine to make a fire NEVER pour it directly on an open flame! This will cause a backsplash resulting in you and others getting 2nd to 3rd-degree burns. the heat from the explosion may also burst the jar in your hand causing you to get stitches.


Alcohol will be the face of the new dollar when the economy collapses. Because of how easy it is to make, many families will set up stills within the first week to earn an income. The equipment needed to brew it can be found lying around the house. The easier it is to make, the faster you can reproduce it. Most people today use alcohol to barter for help from their friends. If you wish to set up a moonshine company before a crisis, most states offer a Federal Distilled Spirits license for home brewers at a high cost.


We know moonshine never freezes, so it’s perfect for this job. If you live in an area where winter can be a real bully, you’ll need something to protect your outside gear from icing over. Because of the lack of chemicals in it, it’s environmentally friendly. So, it’s safe to use around plants or on farming soil. Put a little on your outdoor generator to lubricate it to prevent it from freezing overnight. Be careful when applying on a hot surface or near an open flame, but if you have those issues, freezing is the least of your concerns.


Most brands of moonshine in the U.S. are 160 proof, giving it an 80% alcohol volume. It is the strongest liquor available on the market. When it has an alcohol volume of over 60%, it has the properties to kill bacteria, making it useful to be made into a disinfectant spray. To make it, add 1 tablespoon for every 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Shake gently to combine. Do not use moonshine with an alcohol volume of less than 60% (120 proof) because it will be ineffective to fight off germs. Use the clear version as the brightly colored ones stain porous and white surfaces.


In the apocalypse, natural remedies will replace modern-day pharmaceuticals. Tinctures are extracts made by using an alcohol base to pull out the beneficial oils found in herbs and plants. To make some, put plant material in unflavored moonshine with a 40 proof or higher. Shake the jar every day for two weeks to ensure the oils infuse properly with the alcohol. What it treats depends on what you make. Diabetes benefits from Ginseng. St. John’s Wort eases the symptoms of depression.


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M.L. Lewis

Welcome to my little slice of pie. This blog will primarily focus on prepping and homesteading skills with a sprinkle of fiction every now and then.

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  • Jacob Johnson 6 months ago

    I love alcohol.

  • Kevin Smithabout a year ago

    Not what I was expecting when I clicked on this story. Great read. I'm going to check I have the means to make a still as part of my apocalypse survival kit. Interesting fact about the disinfectant, a local distillery near me gave over part of their production to making handwash, we still have a couple of Pandemic Gin bottles.

  • Shane Harrington about a year ago

    Interesting show of pride

  • S.R.Daleyabout a year ago

    This was an interesting read. A few good ideas. However moonshine gets its name from the time of day it was distilled. Moonshine is distilled during the night where as white lightning is brewed during the day. Usually made from cracked corn, malt extract and yeast. Though it can also be made with potatoes, zucchini’s and carrots. Almost any vegetable.

  • Kyle reckerabout a year ago


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