'How to make alcohol.' South Africans are frantically searching for recipes, Google says

Business Insider SA

  • The news of a lockdown extension has triggered a surge in Google searches about home-made alcohol.
  • The topic was especially of interest in the Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. 
  • Pineapples seem to be a go-to ingredient.
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Google saw a surge in searches about how to make home-made alcohol in South Africa, triggered by president Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the national lockdown will be extended by another two weeks.

South Africans are not allowed to purchase liquor during the lockdown to slow down the spread of Covid-19 in the country. 

Google South Africa said the Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo showed the highest interest for homemade liquor, while the Northern Cape showed very low levels of alcohol-related search terms. 

There was a spike in the search term ‘How to make your own alcohol’ on the evening of April 9, following Ramaphosa's televised announcement.

Other popular search queries included ‘homemade beer recipes south africa’, ‘can homemade pineapple beer make you drunk’, ‘homemade gin’, homemade alcoholic pineapple beer’ and ‘how to make alcohol at home fast’. 

The top search results include a WikiHow article on how to make alcohol from regular table sugar, a Business Insider article on homemade liquor and several videos related to liquor making.

All of the top results, however, require specialised equipment such as an airlock for the fermentation process. 

Google said overall search teams related to South Africa’s alcohol ban spiked by over 500% the week leading up to Easter. 

(compiled by James de Villiers)