lowell55
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HELP...use of 95% ethanol in experiment???

Postby lowell55 » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:01 pm

My son is doing the 'Extracting Onion DNA' project and one of the materials listed is 95% ethanol (grain alcohol). Someone told me that is basically a liquor and I can find it at a liquor store. I was just wondering if that is the case? and also is there any other alcohol we can use instead of making that trip to a liquor store!!! Please help!!! Thank You!

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Postby ChrisG » Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:48 pm

That person was probably referring to Everclear alcohol:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everclear_(alcohol)
You can also buy "denatured alcohol," though it will have added impurities (to prevent consumption).
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/us ... ed+Alcohol

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Postby Louise » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:53 pm

ChrisG wrote:That person was probably referring to Everclear alcohol:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everclear_(alcohol)
You can also buy "denatured alcohol," though it will have added impurities (to prevent consumption).
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/us ... ed+Alcohol


Everclear should be fine- just buy the 190 proof stuff. It is used a lot for science fair projects when the student does not have access to lab grade ethanol.

Louise

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Postby lowell55 » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:32 am

Thanks a lot for your help! :)

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Postby galin » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:26 am

i couldn't find the 190 proof one. is there another?

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Postby Louise » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:45 am

galin wrote:i couldn't find the 190 proof one. is there another?


The 190 proof is not legally availble in all states. You should ask at the liquor store if your state bans it.

What do you need it for? For the DNA project mentioned by the original poster, isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) can also be used:
[url]
http://www.sciencebuddies.com/mentoring ... ?from=Home[/url]

This substitution may not work for all projects. If your project is different, please open a new thread in the appropriate forum (Physical or Life Sciences) describing your project in detail, and someone will try to help you find a substitute chemical.

Louise


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