Quick Answer: How Do You Know If Moonshine Is Safe To Drink??

If your alcohol is: a) Red: there is lead in it, so do not drink it.

b) Yellow: you risk getting blind, so not drink it.

c) Blue: best color to get, as it means you achieved your purpose of making good, safe, moonshine alcohol.

Can moonshine kill you?

Ethanol contains two carbon atoms and is somewhat toxic (it’ll kill you if you drink enough of it, so pace yourself) whereas methanol contains one carbon atom and is highly toxic (can cause permanent damage to the optic nerve and death even in fairly low doses, pacing won’t help, best to avoid altogether).

What color does moonshine burn if it’s good?

A common folk test for the quality of moonshine was to pour a small quantity of it into a spoon and set it on fire. The theory was that a safe distillate burns with a blue flame, but a tainted distillate burns with a yellow flame.

What part of moonshine is toxic?

In larger batches of distilled moonshine, can occur. Because methanol vaporizes at a lower temperature than alcohol, the first liquid produced by the distillation process can contain methanol. The larger the batch, the more methanol. Methanol is highly poisonous and can cause blindness and even death.

What does methanol smell like?

Methanol is the simplest alcohol, consisting of a methyl group linked to a hydroxyl group. It is a light, volatile, colorless, flammable liquid with a distinctive odor similar to that of ethanol (drinking alcohol). Methanol is however far more toxic than ethanol.

How do you identify methanol?

The solution in the ethanol test-tube should go cloudy and then a yellow precipitate of tri-iodo-methane (iodoform) should be seen. This has a distinct ‘antiseptic’ smell. The methanol test-tube should remain clear. Ethanol is the only primary alcohol which will give the reaction and ethanal the only aldehyde.

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