Ethanol at home

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by Naturelles, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    My supply of Iso-Propyl Alcohol has ran out, and I need something as a fuel and disinfectant for random experiments I do all the time, and I'm not willing to take a whole day to go to the center of the city and find a chemical shop. Can I make Ethanol at home? I got pure glucose powder with me, yeast, beakers, graduated cylinders, mini incubator, and the kitchen. Anyone know whats the best ratios for glucose:yeast:water and how I can distill it at home with simple "labware". I don't have any tubing, only straws, but I might be able to get some tubing for distillation. Or any alternative to distillation for getting a reasonable amount of ethanol, only about 12% of solution after 48 hours is ethanol, I want to get it up to a concentration where I can ignite it.
     
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  3. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    There isn't a liquor store near you? You should be able to order pure ethanol from them.
     
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  5. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    I don't really think I want to go to a liquor store, I don't want the type used for consumption, and also I really don't think I want to go to one of those.
     
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  7. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    In the US, that's where you can get pure ethanol. Of course you can't drink it, but they have a license to order it for you. It would take far longer to make it yourself.
     
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  9. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    I live in India, and shipping won't work out

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  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Why not? Did you contact them and did they tell you they won't ship it?:shrug:
     
  11. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Why don't you buy some cheap vodka and distill yourself?
     
  12. Enmos Staff Member

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    Naturelles, can't you get it at the drugstore ?
     
  13. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    Nope, pharmacy didn't have anything, only place i can get it is the center of the city which takes hours to get to, and then after that have to hunt for a store, and then hours to come back. India's not such a developed country.

    I'd have to go hunting over there in a place like this

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    Maybe I could buy antiseptics and distill?
     
  14. Enmos Staff Member

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    Ask SAM, perhaps she lives nearby

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  15. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    It's unlikely that you would have enough random things laying about to make pure ethanol quickly. It requires specific equipment to maximize the feedstock: output ratio

    It should be easy, though, to slap together a traditional style pot still in which you could get a fairly pure substance by cooking the same batch multiple times. Unfortunately it would be a very inefficient and slow process. Not sure about that though. Please keep us informed if you give it a try.
     
  16. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    Does she live in Bangalore? If she knows a store, it would be easier.
     
  17. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    I did infact try it out twice, but I didn't get a high enough concentration for ignition.
     
  18. Enmos Staff Member

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    I don't know where she lives to be honest, but she does live in India.
    She might know where you can get it. Why don't you PM her ?
     
  19. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    I am a little busy at this moment (doh >.>), but happens to open this thread:

    DON'T. If you're going to make alcohol at home without proper apparatus, don't try to distill any alcohol sources, you'd be at risk at becoming blind!


    What are you going to use the alcohol for? You mentioned "fuel and disinfectant for random experiments", what exactly?

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    If the pharmacy doesn't have, maybe you could try cosmetic shop. gtg, ciao
     
  20. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    Or your school lab. Chemical or bio lab must have some. Or doctor. argh gtggggg

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  21. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    I noticed everyone telling him to go to a liquor store. I was under the impression isopropyl alcohol was different than grain alcohol (ethanol). I don't imagine anyone using ethanol to sanitize anything LOL
     
  22. Nasor Valued Senior Member

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    Why would you go blind? I could see some risk of fire etc, but blinding?
     
  23. Nasor Valued Senior Member

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    That's really surprising...virtually every pharmacy here has 70% or 90% isopropanol on sale very cheaply...I think it's around a few dollars/liter.
     

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