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General Chat Thread, Home Brew Who does it? in General; Originally Posted by jamesb Yes. It's where the whole 'proof' terminology came from. They used to prove the strength of ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
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    It's where the whole 'proof' terminology came from. They used to prove the strength of alcohol by mixing a little of it with gunpowder, and it is essentially a rough measure of flammability. Anything 100 proof or more (slightly more than 50% alcohol) will ignite very easily. Stronger, and you're bordering on the explosive.
    Excellent! "This looks like it will mix with tonic and ice well, BOOOOOOOOOM!!!"

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    With a still the maximum abv you could possibly get is around 95%. different processes are used to make industrial 100% ethanol. Its also incredibly hygroscopic at these concentrations.

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    Ok, does anyone else just want to see how many times they have to distill something before it becomes explosive now .. I wonder what my parents are using their shed for currently (as I don't have one yet to go and potter in .. lol)

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    The stuff we made burnt very easily having said that it aslo removed the varnish off a table when it was split on it and left for about 20 mins

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    You used to be able to buy bottles of rectified ethyl alcohol in East Germany on the way back from West Berlin, can't remember if it was 98 or 99% by volume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glensc View Post
    You used to be able to buy bottles of rectified ethyl alcohol in East Germany on the way back from West Berlin, can't remember if it was 98 or 99% by volume.
    One shot of that, and I think it would be lights out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glensc View Post
    You used to be able to buy bottles of rectified ethyl alcohol in East Germany on the way back from West Berlin, can't remember if it was 98 or 99% by volume.
    Cor... and I thought that 80% Absinythe (sp?) that someone bought back from Turkey the other year was bad... that along with the Cannabis Vodka... urk! I'm amazed I actually surived them both.

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    If I ever get my house sorted, I might start myself a home brew. Got all the barrels and jars pipes etc, and there's a wilkinsons down the road from me.

    Anyone recommend a better place to buy the stuff from with a little more choice? I quite fancy a light ale, something akin to Summer lightning... A little bit hoppy.

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    Wilkos has more choice on-line that you can collect in-store. Their prices are typically 10% - 30% than anywhere else and come form the same suppliers.

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