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Q: In the LSA extracting recipe from Baby Hawaiian Woodrose seeds, it says that ethanol is the ideal (polar) chemical to use. Could everclear be used as a subsitute since it is the highest proof of drinkable alcohol out there?

A: Drinkable alcohol is ethanol. Everclear is 95% ethanol and 5% water so it falls squarely into the category of 'ethanol'. Industrial alcohol is sometimes "denatured" to prevent people from drinking it by adding some methanol.



The LSA extraction method (#2) uses ethanol as the polar solvent because it evaporates relatively quickly. Water is also a very polar chemical and would serve the same purpose as ethanol except that it takes much longer to evaporate.


Asked By : Gothicbowler
Answered By : fire,psilo
Published Date : 11 / 8 / 2001
Last Edited Date : 11 / 8 / 2001
Question ID : 2823

Categories: [ Chemistry ] [ LSA ]



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