Andrew Rhiner, Texas A&M University – Central Texas

Determination of Methanol Content in Home-Distilled Alcohol Using Gas Chromatography

Abstract: Methanol is a known toxin to humans and is believed to be contained within home-distilled alcohol, also known as moonshine. In this experiment, the concentration of methanol for forty moonshine samples was determined via gas chromatography (GC) using internal standard calibration with 2-propanol as the internal standard. The chromatographs produced were then interpreted and methanol concentrations were compared to the 0.35% max volume legal limit of methanol for distilled alcohols as set by the Alcohol and Tobacco and Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Presentation Author(s):
Andrew Rhiner*, Randy Stoneroad II, Linh Pham, and Coady Lapiere

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