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Old 04-06-2013, 06:46 AM
Qwertol Qwertol is offline
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Does pure ethanol have a taste?

When you're drinking vodka or other similar alcohols the taste comes mostly form contamination. But does a pure ethanol (like in laboratory pure - 99% or more) have a taste itself?
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:25 AM
abel29a abel29a is offline
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How could one tell? 99% proof with be so strong that the bruning sensation in your mouth would probably override any taste.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:39 AM
Anaglyph Anaglyph is offline
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It tastes (or smells, as apart from basic sweet/salty/sour/bitter/umami gustatory sensations most of the taste experience derives from the olfactory senses) of alcohol - try adding different amounts of pure alcohol to pure water. You certainly can sense the difference when blind-tasting the resulting mixtures, although I don't know how well you would do with your nose closed.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:00 AM
WhyNot WhyNot is online now
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Been there, done that, with lab grade ethanol for herbal medicine making (we thought it might make the math easier, but it was a pain in the ass to order and to store, so we went back to Everclear and our ratio calculators). No, no taste. But yes, quite a strong odor, like rubbing alcohol only more so. Taking the lid off the tank was a giddy experience.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:34 AM
johnpost johnpost is offline
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with 99% alcohol in your mouth you get a definite sensation due to the damage caused to your cells.

it has an odor. but not a taste.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:42 AM
robert_columbia robert_columbia is offline
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It tastes like...burning.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:16 AM
Ruken Ruken is offline
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Try adding some pure ethanol to pure water. It's certainly detectable well below the mouth-burning level.
Not that I was sampling the lab supplies or anything. Although if I were going to do something so foolish, I'd shoot some on the GCMS first.
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