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Old 06-02-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Methanol Bottle OK?

Got an empty 1 gallon brown glass bottle from the lab at work that I think would be perfect for starters and such. Thing is, it contained methanol. I figure with a decent cleaning its got to be ok for use.
What do you all think?

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:25 PM   #2
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Perfectly OK to use it IMO.

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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I wouldn't risk it, personally. I'm a little partial to my eye sight

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:58 PM   #4
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If you clean it really well and then can't smell it then I think it'd be fine. There is some small amount (~1%) of methanol in at least some distilled spirits (eg - whisky).

How much methanol does it take to be 'unhealthy'?
How much methanol could there possibly be in a 5 gal batch of beer, made from a <1gal yeast starter that was decanted?
My guess is that the difference is several orders of magnitude.

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I've been making starters in my 4L methanol bottle for years.

If you're super concerned, rinse with 70-90% ethanol first, then rinse with ddH2O.

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It's glass...Clean it thoroughly and rinse it out good and you'll be fine. I have several that I use for the same thing....why worry about glass? When you wash dishes are you leaving stuff behind on your drinking glasses? Why would you think a glass jug be any different?

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Old 06-02-2011, 01:22 PM   #7
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Thanks everybody. I was thinking it would be fine. My thinking is: Glass doesn't absorb anything. After it was suggested, I was reminded that I did, in fact, rinse it again with ethanol when I got it a few months back. I understand there is methanol in beer anyway (albeit in trace quantities). How much can be left on glass after multiple washes?

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Old 06-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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noooooooo, don't do it! methanol is highly flammable!!! you don't want bottle bombs do you?

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