Originally Posted by mb82
Food would be the first thing I would worry about. Once I had that down( not hard I almost already do) I would move on to wines and Meads. Beer would be gone simply because my grain that I would be growing would be saved for bread and you know stuff that actually keeps me alive and not something I really don't have to have.
Originally Posted by broadbill
I agree with the above posts....if that scenario occurred; you probably would be making flour with that barley for food instead of mashing is to make beer.
Luxuries like alcohol are a mark that a civilization has sorted itself out a bit.
But beer and wine are NOT luxuaries in an area where water is bad to drink. If the SHTF, then not only is food scarce, but so is water. (and heating sources). Most of us live off a pumped water system, and thus would be in serious trouble to find clean water.
Yeast in beer and in bread do a bit of B vitamin generation that doesn't happen in the grain. The advantage of beer or wine over bread is that you don't heat it post yeast and destroy any of the low temp nutrients that get created. There is a reason why monks in the middle ages lived off beer, particularly in the winter.
That said, recycling the grain for secondary use (bread, animals, etc) would be a necessity.
to the OP's original question? I'd be in deep trouble. I have no reserves of food, grains, or fruit for making anything.