actually there is a protocol for that. It uses fuchsine and some
other compounds (potassiumpermaganate). I don't think I still have
the protocol. Our local pharmacist used to sell these kits and he
told me that some compounds (like fuchsine) are hard to get (must
also be expensive).
I tested the kit in the lab with 0%,1%, 50% and 100% methanol but
found the results to be dissapointing. I suspect that one of the
compounds was old and therefore didn't work.
After that I didn't bother to get a fresh kit, throwing away a
generous methanol fraction is more then sufficient and saves the
trouble for testing every time. Also I don't know how sensitive the
kit was but if it is very sensitive you can drive yourself mad. You
will nearly always find a positive result!
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com
, Robert Thomas <whosbrewing@y...>
> In a word, no.
> HPLC, GC, or NMR are possiblities, but you don't tend
> to find the equipment down the local Walmart!
> --- joeatsalot <joeatsalot@y...> wrote:
> > I suspect there isn't, and I suspect it isn't
> > necessary, but:
> > Is it possible to test for methanol? (easily?)
> > I know that proper home brewing and distilling
> > should leave almost no
> > methanol, probably less than cheap commercial
> > drinks, but it might be
> > nice to say "I told you so" to those of little
> > faith.
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