Yes, it does seem as though we are a little anal about such things over
here. I would have thought that it was better to let people have alcohol
they can then flavour themselves than have people distilling illictly in
their attics and risking methanol poisoning. Instead here, the methanol
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"Steve Firth" wrote
| > It is hard to make ethanol 100% and harder to keep it there, you
| > have to use drying resins etc in the bottle. So we use 95% for
| > most things.
| Yes, same here or was when I last worked with wet stuff on a bench. You
| have to watch out for the sugar content of the 95% stuff though.
I was going to say that if you're diabetic you probably shouldn't be
drinking 95% alcohol anyway ...
I always keep a small bottle for degreasing/cleaning where I'm going to put
sealant around a bath or basin.
Isn't it recommended by the selant makers?
Winos used to drink it along also surgical spirit which is essentially the
However, its a killer if consumed and causes blindness.
On Mon, 15 Sep 2003 22:56:14 +0000 (UTC), Stephen Hull
OK, so I regularly do this before slicing my flesh open with some
mis-placed wood-slicing implement. But it hurts like a bastard - the
pyridine. If you're planning to sterilise some skin, use surgical
spirit (which doesn't have half the crap in it).
I might be wrong about this, but I understood that in a war situation
urine might be used as a sterilising solution by soldiers in the
field. I can't think of a solution that might have more crap in it!
Crock o' sh*t, I'm afraid ;-) One of those myths propagated through the
confusion between the true statement "[healthy] urine is sterile" - i.e.
there's no bacteria or other disease-causing organisms in it, unless you
have an infection of the urinary tract - and the utterly baseless idea
that it has some sterilis*ing* properties, i.e. that it can kill bacteria.
The vague germ of truth (ho ho) is that given the choice between washing
a wound with muddy and maybe bloody puddle water, and washing it with
fresh piss, the latter would be less likely to cause further infection.
But smarter still would be to dress the wound with relatively clean
clothing ("soldier! Hand me your singlet!") and get the medical orderlies
to pick up the injured...
Could well be that hospitals use surgical spirit instead of meths but I
remember seeing blue in the bottle just before I received the needle,
(It all went dark after that, ;-)
AFAIK surgical spirit was always a clear colour whereas methylated
spirits can be either clear or blue.
Clear meths was always cheaper than the blue meths but you could only
seem to find the blue stuff on the shelves, Clear meths was also
obtainable in huge quantities, The printing trade used gallons of it.
I have another injection due soon, Think I'll ask :)
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Strictly that is surgical spirit, and doesn't have the blue dye in it.
'Methylated' is methanol and ethanol and the dye.
Not sure if surgical has methanol or not. Certainly 'pure' ethanol is
used in hospitals - mainly by interns looking for cheap hooch according
to urban legend.
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