Questions tagged [alcohols]

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Non-halogen intermediate between alkane and alcohol under basic conditions?

Using organic chemistry I have failed to find a method that doesn't involve halogens (gasseous especially). Please ignore the enzyme mono-oxygenase, which adds $\ce{O2}$ directly to alkanes to form ...
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How exactly do alcohol molecules dissolve in seawater?

The book "Lehrbuch der anorganischen Chemie" by Arnold F. Hollemann on page 47[link here][1] states that dropping 0.8g Alcohol (M = 46g/mol) in a sea or ocean would result in every litre seawater ...
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Would it be possible to create a (non-toxic) alcoholic drink that, when zapped with laser, changes color?

Would it be possible to create a (non-toxic) alcoholic drink that, when zapped with a 0.5mW laser pointer, changes color? This would be mainly for the visual effects (bartender show) so it should not ...
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How to rationalise the difference in the melting points of acids and alcohols with inter molecular forces?

Acids: arachidic acid, palmitic acid, lauric acid, etc. Alcohols: butan-1-ol, pentan-1-ol, etc. The melting points of acids with $\ce{-COOH}$ at the end compared to melting points of alcohols, $\ce{...
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Is glycerol/glycerin soluble in ethanol?

As titled, I wish to know if glycerol/glycerin is soluble in ethanol (not soluble, slightly soluble, very soluble)
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About purifying ethanol - What type of ethanol?

I'm reading this book, trying to learn some basics of chemistry. One of the experiments is about purifying ethanol. Now, I have some difficulties in deciding what kind of ethanol solution I should ...
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Will isopropyl alcohol dissolve the coating/paint of a notebook?

The notebook is a Dell Inspiron 6400 and the coating/paint is the silver on the palmrest and back cover. It says 99,4% on the container of the isopropyl alcohol.
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How to find the alcohol content of a probiotic liquid?

Probiotics are microorganisms that are believed to provide health benefits when consumed. Water Kefir is one such probiotic drink. This has blend of bacteria, yeast (BY), sugar water and the result of ...
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Alcoholic proof and temperature

The US defines the "proof" of an alcoholic beverage to be twice the alcohol per volume percentage at 60° F (about 15.5° C) As someone who does not have a chemistry background, I am wondering what the ...
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Electrolysis of Beer

Electrolysis of water, means that the water is separated into hydrogen and oxygen. As beer also includes water, I initially thought electrolysis of beer would cause the water to separate, and the ...
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Why do distilled alcoholic beverages taste different from each other?

I was wondering about vodka vs. whiskey mostly. The way I understand it, a distilled beverage is created by heating a non-distilled beverage, say, beer, and then collecting and cooling the vapors. ...
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Why do different alcohols have different effects on the brain?

I've been trying to understand why different alcohols have different effects on the brain. Methanol is obviously poisonous, apparently because it's converted to formic acid. Because the body seems ...
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Ethanol and water hygroscopic equilibrium concentration

I am working with a company to help improve their reaction process where they use SDA 2B Alcohol (Karl Fischer titration has it at 99.66% EtOH, 0.3375% toluene). Specifically, I am attempting to ...
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What is a good way for a laymen to purify alcohol to near 200 proof?

I'm making herbal and medicinal mushroom tinctures and extracts. Normally I'll use everclear but it isn't cheap and 95% alcohol. Also I don't know what that other 5% is. Is it just water? Is ...

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