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Old 06-21-2009, 04:13 AM   #11
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Most commercial flavors are ethanol based. It's been a while since I have done beverage work, so I can't quite remember what the commercial limit for EtOH in a soft drink is. I think it is somewhere ~0.1-0.2%.



How does that work?
Water is H20, which is composed mostly of two hydrogens bound to one oxygen molecule. However, these bonds constantly break and reform, leaving a certain number of OH- molecules in water (alcohol groups). However, the number of these is extremely low.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:32 AM   #12
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OJ has alcohol in it?

My OJ has a sh*tload of alcohol in it!!
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:09 PM   #13
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My OJ has a sh*tload of alcohol in it!!
I think that's called a "screwdriver!"

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I think that's called a "screwdriver!"

Well, I call it a good morning!!
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Water is H20, which is composed mostly of two hydrogens bound to one oxygen molecule. However, these bonds constantly break and reform, leaving a certain number of OH- molecules in water (alcohol groups). However, the number of these is extremely low.

OH- groups are hydroxides, not alcohol, you cannot ever get drunk off water....you're not a chemist are you?

From Wiki, "In chemistry, an alcohol is any organic compound in which a hydroxyl group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom of an alkyl or substituted alkyl group. "
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Technically, water has alcohol in it.
I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. "Water" is a pretty general term but as a rule pure water would be simply H2O.

Ethanol on the other hand is C2H5OH. Since water does not contain carbon, it can never and will never be alcohol in the sense that beer/wine/liqueur have alcohol in them unless something is added to it rendering it no longer "water" but a solution of water and something else.

That said- most water does have various impurities such as minerals and salts so there could theoretically be minuscule traces of ethanol compounds in some water supplies.

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Technically, Tequila Sunrise, but it's all good
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Technically, Tequila Sunrise, but it's all good
no a Tequila sunsrise is tequila oj and a splash of grenadine
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Water is H20, which is composed mostly of two hydrogens bound to one oxygen molecule. However, these bonds constantly break and reform, leaving a certain number of OH- molecules in water (alcohol groups). However, the number of these is extremely low.
Trace amounts of all kinds of stuff. Nothing keeps it out, so it's in there. Heisenberg's uncertainty principal - well maybe that's going a tad far.

There's a place up in Michigan that had a dangerous amount of methane in the well water. My brother-in-law had to devise a separator to insure it was all extracted before it got into the basement and either:

A) Blew up the house at the first spark,

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B) Suffocated the occupants.
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This thread sort of went off on a tangent so I'm going to try bring it back.
My son and I just made a case of cola from an extract kit I got from my homebrew supplier. I used Red Star champagne yeast also and bottled in glass beer bottles. It's been carbonating for a few weeks and is getting pretty fizzy. No bottle bombs-yet. The flavor is pretty good, not Coke but not bad but it does have a sharp maybe alcohol taste. It may be my mind thinking that there is alcohol in it - I don't know. Just looking for more reassurance that this drink is safe for my 10 yr old. I hate to think that 20 years from now he'll be on a corner with a brown bag cause I made homemade cola with him. OK that might be extreme but I'm sure all the dads know what I mean.

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