Friday, February 14, 2020

Now For Some Good News: "Beer still drinkable after nuclear apocalypse"

Looking for this old post, Ethanol: "Are You Ready For Beer With 32% Alcohol Content?":
..The beer, called Tactical Nuclear Penguin and made by Scottish microbrewery BrewDog, has shipped a small amount of their potent potable to a handful of stores in California and New York...
We find this 2012 story. From Drinks Business:

Atomic bomb tests conducted by the US military in the 1950s found that beer and soft drinks remained drinkable after a nuclear explosion.
The experiment took place as part of Operation Teapot in 1955, with cans and bottles of beer and soft drinks placed in three positions ranging from 0.2 miles to two mile away from the bomb-site.
Entitled “Project 32.2a. The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages”, the purpose of the tests was to find out what survivors would be able to drink in the aftermath of an atomic bomb attack.

As the introduction stated: “The plans for Operation Teapot at the Nevada Proving Grounds during 1955, included a series of Civil Effects Tests, one of which, Project 32.2, covered the exposure of packaged food products.

“As this project developed, it was expanded to cover representative commercially packaged beverages, such as soft drinks and beer, in glass bottles and metal cans.”

The report added: “Consideration of the problems of food supply show the needs of humans for water, especially under disaster conditions, could be immediate and urgent.

“At various times some consideration has been given to special packaging of potable water, but since packaged beverages, both beer and soft drinks, are so ubiquitous and already uniformly available in urban areas, it is obvious that they could serve as important sources of fluids.”

The recently released documents were picked up on by the historian Alex Wellerstein who runs Restricted Data and they appear to show that the drinks at all three stages remained largely unaffected by the explosion or radiation.

Some of the bottles closest to the blast had been shattered or destroyed along with their surroundings but the taste had apparently altered very little and the radiation considered “within the permissible limits for emergency use”....
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