Powdered Alcohol

So you may have read in the Military Times the article titled “Hoping to buy powdered alcohol? You’ll have to wait!” Well, never fret, we’ve got you covered…

In this simple how to we are going to make powdered alcohol using a maltodextrin, high proof (over 125) liquor and a whisk. This is a great addition to your pack and good to start a fire as it is highly flammable. Remember: “We are not responsible for anything you do.”

Procure 100g or more of maltodextrin such as N-Zorbit from your local gastronomy supply house or Amazon. Once you have the maltodextrin in hand there are two ways to mix the ingredients; by hand or by machine. Your blender will come in handy, but if this is your first time, I recommend you do this by hand to get a feel for the needed outcome and quantities.

Weigh 100 grams of maltodextrin into a mixing bowl

Whisk 30 grams of high proof liquor SLOWLY into the maltodextrin. Add more or less until the powder is dry and slightly chunky. Conversely, you can add this to a blender to make the mix.

Sift the fully absorbed alcohol powder to break up any chunks.

To store this, place it in a SEALED container with a silica gel pack that will absorb some of the water; thus increasing the concentration and flammability, while lightening the weight.

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Well traveled in Europe and North Africa, Frank Moss has lived in England, Germany and Italy thanks to sabbaticals taken by his father, an award winning physicist. Notable positions held during his almost 20 year IT career are founding engineer of IBM's SmartCloud, Cloud Architect for SPAWAR, and Cloud Architect for CenturyLink's FedRAMP Cloud Project. He specializes in architectural security compliance (secure by design) and holds a C|EH. When not working, Frank enjoys outdoor activities, shooting, camping and spending time with his wife and children. You can find Frank at one of his two sites: surviveseptember.com or nine13tech.net

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