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5th Jul '16 4:27:45 PM AgProv
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* Creator/GeorgeMcDonaldFraser, in the {{McAuslan}} stories, relates how his first independent command involved marching eighty Scottish soldiers through miles of Libyan desert to garrison an ex-French Foreign Legion fort and "maintain a presence" there. At first naive enough to think his men aren't likely to get drunk in such an isolated posting, [[AuthorAvatar Lieutenant Dand McNeill]] soon discolvers the wily Scots have managed to obtain arak, the extremely potent Arab liquor distilled from dates...

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* Creator/GeorgeMcDonaldFraser, Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser, in the {{McAuslan}} stories, relates how his first independent command involved marching eighty Scottish soldiers through miles of Libyan desert to garrison an ex-French Foreign Legion fort and "maintain a presence" there. At first naive enough to think his men aren't likely to get drunk in such an isolated posting, [[AuthorAvatar Lieutenant Dand McNeill]] soon discolvers the wily Scots have managed to obtain arak, the extremely potent Arab liquor distilled from dates...
5th Jul '16 4:27:19 PM AgProv
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* Creator/GeorgeMcDonaldFraser, in the {{McAuslan}} stories, relates how his first independent command involved marching eighty Scottish soldiers through miles of Libyan desert to garrison an ex-French Foreign Legion fort and "maintain a presence" there. At first naive enough to think his men aren't likely to get drunk in such an isolated posting, [[AuthorAvatar Lieutenant Dand McNeill]] soon discolvers the wily Scots have managed to obtain arak, the extremely potent Arab liquor distilled from dates...
2nd Jul '16 1:45:06 PM StarSword
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* The ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novels have slash, which is literally distilled from the alcohol-based hydraulic fluid used in ship's power rooms. The RCN attitude toward it seems to be benign neglect: as long as the crew aren't drunk on duty the officers are fine with it and will usually partake themselves.

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* The ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novels have slash, which is literally distilled from the alcohol-based hydraulic fluid used in ship's ships' power rooms. The RCN attitude toward it seems to be benign neglect: as long as the crew aren't drunk on duty the officers are fine with it and will usually partake themselves.
2nd Jul '16 1:44:43 PM StarSword
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* The ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novels have slash, which is literally distilled from the alcohol-based hydraulic fluid used in ship's power rooms. The RCN attitude toward it seems to be benign neglect: as long as the crew aren't drunk on duty the officers are fine with it and will usually partake themselves.
2nd Jul '16 1:41:37 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/EarthCentAmbassador'': Joe has a sideline in homebrewing and his products are served at a number of bars on Union Station. It evidently dates back to his mercenary days, since he's able to barter permission to land at a merc encampment when he offers several kegs to an old war buddy.
25th Jun '16 7:57:17 PM Bissek
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* In the chronologically first ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' novel, the now ex-Navy personnel who are part of the newly founded Pern colony note that the first two types of plants that people look for on a new planet are ones that can be distilled into liquor, and [[MustHaveCaffeine ones that can be brewed into a coffee substitute]].
20th Jun '16 2:55:05 PM margdean56
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Because it requires the use of a still, appearances in cultures prior to the HighMiddleAges are anachronistic -- and even in the HighMiddleAges still were rarities, mostly used for medicinal purposes. This character has been known to appear earlier, making fermented brews rather than distiller liquor.

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Because it requires the use of a still, appearances in cultures prior to the HighMiddleAges are anachronistic -- and even in the HighMiddleAges still stills were rarities, mostly used for medicinal purposes. This character has been known to appear earlier, making fermented brews rather than distiller distilled liquor.
6th Jun '16 9:38:06 AM moloch
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** Distillers of ''poitin'' in Ireland had a superstition that the first glassful of any new brew out of the (lead) pipe of the still was for the faery folk. Any human incautious enough to drink this sacred offering would be cursed, by the Sidh-folk, with blindness and insanity. Actually the first use of the still flushed out toxins, poisons and lead salts that really ''could'' kill somebody: after the system had cleansed itself, the subsequent distillate was as safe as it got.

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** Distillers of ''poitin'' ''poitín'' in Ireland had a superstition that the first glassful of any new brew out of the (lead) pipe of the still was for the faery folk. Any human incautious enough to drink this sacred offering would be cursed, by the Sidh-folk, with blindness and insanity. Actually the first use of the still flushed out toxins, poisons and lead salts that really ''could'' kill somebody: after the system had cleansed itself, the subsequent distillate was as safe as it got.
9th May '16 8:51:59 PM Bissek
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** And in Wraith Squadron, when the squadron mechanic looks at a hastily-cobbled-together ship he just finished, he says it's the second most hazardous thing he's ever made. The ''most'' hazardous was his first still.

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** And in Wraith Squadron, when the squadron mechanic looks at a hastily-cobbled-together ship he just finished, out built of a smuggling compartment ripped from a shuttle and the ejection seat boosters from a crippled fighter, he says it's the second most hazardous thing he's ever made. The ''most'' hazardous was his first still.
3rd May '16 9:14:08 PM NanoMoose
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* A high-ranking Red Army officer who defected to the West in the mid-1970's described during his debriefing how anything up to a ''third'' of all Russian tanks committed to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 were immobilised and rendered un-usable, owing to soldiers either drinking vital alcohol-based lubricants, or else using reserve fuel tanks for illicit distilling and transportation of home-brewed vodka - which was so utterly unsuitable for powering a tank that once the reserve tank was switched on, the "fuel" it contained fouled (and often destroyed) the engine. He described a situation where the whole of the march route into Prague was lined by immobilised tanks that had broken down - largely for this reason.

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* A high-ranking Red Army officer who defected to the West in the mid-1970's described during his debriefing how anything up to a ''third'' of all Russian tanks committed to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 were immobilised and rendered un-usable, useless owing to soldiers either drinking vital alcohol-based lubricants, or else using reserve fuel tanks for illicit distilling and transportation of home-brewed vodka - which was so utterly unsuitable for powering a tank that once the reserve tank was switched on, the "fuel" it contained fouled (and often destroyed) the engine. He described a situation where the whole of the march route into Prague was lined by immobilised tanks that had broken down - largely for this reason.



* The [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns Chauchat]] machine gun was notorious for being more of a danger to it's operator then to the enemy. However parts of it were really good for making still.

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* The [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns Chauchat]] machine gun was notorious for being more of a danger to it's its operator then to than the enemy. However However, parts of it were ''were'' really good for making still.
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