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Zimbabwe’s “Back Yard Brewers” are Making Fake Alcoholic Spirits to Make Ends Meet 

Made from ethanol concentrate and diluted with large amounts of water and then mixed with a brown colouring mainly from baking products, the homemade brew has become popular among young people looking for cheap alcohol in bars in the townships. A 250ml bottle of the brew, which imitates brands like Two Keys, Jack Daniels, and King Stallion Brandy retails at $0.50. Authorities have warned the practice is putting lives at risk because the home brewers have no mechanism to test the alcohol content accurately. Police are now frequently conducting raids to clamp down on the brewing businesses.