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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:01 AM

35. The color of the flame is a very dated test and doesn't tell you much

The idea is to produce as close to pure ethanol as you can, but from a practical standpoint this is very difficult. There are a lot of other types of alcohol you will get as a by-product. Methanol is the biggest culprit which can turn you blind or kill you in sufficient quantities. Methanol burns colorlessly. However, if you are fermenting from sugar or grain, it's doubtful if you'll ever get enough methanol to cause a problem and if you are tossing the head of the distillation (as any decent distiller will do), the amount of methanol decreases to trace levels.

If you are making moonshine yourself, the biggest hazzard is blowing yourself up (it's kinda like boiling gasoline). There's not really much danger in producing a toxic product. If you are getting moonshine that someone else has made, there's certainly the hazzard of them adulterating it with things like lie or poisonous alcohols, but I seriously doubt if any moonshiners today are doing this. Most moonshiners today are more interested in making the best product they can from a practical standpoint.

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