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Old 05-13-2009, 05:37 PM
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I am thinking of stocking up on alcohol for SHTF. I was wondering bang for the buck should I buy mostly kirkland brand stuff at costco (is it any good and worth the money?) Or go for the better stuff and try to hunt down a discounter for good tequila and vodka?

SHTF I do not know if people would put a higher barter price on good liquor whats your guys take on this? I would prefer the better tasting liquor for my own consumption. Maybe its best to mix it up?

Any recommendations on good vodka and tequila for the price and where to get it? I usually shop locally at bevmos and trader joes for liquor.
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If I feel the urge I'll just make my own.
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If I feel the urge I'll just make my own.
Good vodka and tequila is much harder to make home brewing. That is why I considered the two. Wine and Beer being a lot easier. Not to mention consuming home brewed hard liquor post shtf can be very risky and possibly deadly.
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If you're merely stocking for SHTF scenario, just stock up on the cheapest bum-killer and rotgut you can buy. Look for coupons at local liqour stores in those valpak mailers (or whatever you have in your area) to get 12-15% off bulk purchases.

No one's gonna care if you have the most expensive bottle of Ketel One vodka or the cheapest bottom-shelf Gordon's at that point. Hooch is hooch. Cheers!
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Here. Good track to listen to.

http://www.coppermoonshinestills.com/

Just do us all a favor, and don't feed your biscuit to the dog. Its just plain tacky. ;-)
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im not a drinker but was thinking of picking up a couple of bottles of something,maybe some snapps befor they put a huge tax on booze,if there taxing soda booze cant be far behind for a big jump.
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I would only buy what I like myself.
I wouldn't barter anything for some gut rot booze.
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The last thing i need when tshtf is to be impaired by liquor. I don't even drink now.
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I was thinking the SHTF will be mostly financial. I was looking more of a hedge for my money today if hyperinflation etc. kicks in. My thinking is the good stuff will keep its value if not for personal consumption maybe to barter to someone who has some nice assets to trade. I love 1800 and Kettle One vodka for my own personal consumption. Maybe its best to do a 50/50 between good stuff and cheap crap. Drunks will drink anything but casual drinkers and those that are looking for some wind down relief from the financial pain would rather enjoy good liquor. I would think from the world wide financial mess good imported liquor would dry up and become harder to obtain.
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I am thinking of stocking up on alcohol for SHTF. I was wondering bang for the buck should I buy mostly kirkland brand stuff at costco (is it any good and worth the money?) Or go for the better stuff and try to hunt down a discounter for good tequila and vodka?

SHTF I do not know if people would put a higher barter price on good liquor whats your guys take on this? I would prefer the better tasting liquor for my own consumption. Maybe its best to mix it up?

Any recommendations on good vodka and tequila for the price and where to get it? I usually shop locally at bevmos and trader joes for liquor.
Fantastic topic.

I have taken lately to polishing up on the post-Stalin Era Soviet culture in order to attempt to predict my future under the current administration and legislature.

Even during a couple of partial prohibition periods, vodka (the Russian favorite) thrived on the black market. Much like gold (where trading it was punishable by death), vodka became even more valuable the more it was controlled. Although I don't drink heavily (typically one every week or two), liquor has been an increasingly important part of my preparations for its value as a bartering medium.

Now personally, I have been stocking some less expensive brands of liquor (Absolut, Bacardi Select, etc.), but I have also been putting away some top shelf liquors, such as Gray Goose. A small part of me is even itching for a good SHTF scenario so I can break into my new bottle of Johnny Walker Green Label (won't be trading that one).

And I concur with your second post nullzero. Although I would love to learn to distill, polishing your brewing skills is much easier (not to mention it's legal).
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I stock cheap vodka. And a couple mid road other things I've bought on sale.
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I rotate those preps every weekend.
Often with the help of good friends.
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I've always felt food was a better prep than alcohol, based to a large degree on this end-times quote.....
Revelation 6:6 "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
Apparantly, the booze is gonna keep flowing. YMMV
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I just don't think it's efficient. You have to pay taxes, and as a liquid it fights with water when you consider the amount of weight you can carry when you bug out.

I would merely have copper tubing - the hardest part of the still to make post shtf.

If you want to stock up, I would recommend the high brand. Once everything stabilizes cheap alcohol will be easy to get from moonshiners. But tequila or aged whiskeys, as you said, would be hard to get. Connoisseurs will always be around, disparity of wealth will always exist, and there will always be a rich connoisseur who will want the stuff and will be willing to pay an exorbitant price.
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White Lighting. It is cheap, lightweight, and a lttle goes a long way. Plus, you can start fires with it.

When a Jarhead like me has a long day working on my BO land, I pull out my canteen cup, fill it 2/3 with water, 4 tps of Tang, and two shots of White Lighting. Sip slowly to rehydrate, and relax.

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We've been stocking up on vodka...medium quality brands...because we use it to make our own extracts. I agree that if you're planning on bugging out the weight would be a disadvantage but if you're bugging in, go for it if you have the money and the room. I also agree that picking up something as cheap as possible would be the way to go for trading because people aren't going to care at that point.
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Besides its barter potential and its pure enjoyment potential, remember that alcohol is also a good pain killer, sedative, and anesthetic. And disinfectant, too.

Your stores, in good times and bad, whether or not you drink alcohol, should include a variety of alcohol.
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I rotate those preps every weekend.
Often with the help of good friends.
You sound like a very well-rounded, socially adjusted, kind-hearted individual....




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Besides its barter potential and its pure enjoyment potential, remember that alcohol is also a good pain killer, sedative, and anesthetic. And disinfectant, too.

Your stores, in good times and bad, whether or not you drink alcohol, should include a variety of alcohol.
By variety, I assume you mean both 5th and 1/2 gallon sizes of Bushmills, and Jim Beam Rye whiskey?
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Give he who is weak of heart strong drink.

This tells me troubles will pass, and to be able to have strong drink if needed.
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