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  • gff_stwrt
    Hi, folks and thanks to all who replied. I won t be using these plastic containers for alcohol. Again, thank you, The Baker
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 4, 2009
      Hi, folks and thanks to all who replied.

      I won't be using these plastic containers for alcohol.

      Again, thank you,

      The Baker



      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "jamesonbeam1" <jamesonbeam1@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > Hi Baker,
      >
      > We have had this discussion many a time in both New Distiller's and here
      > over the years. My position is that plastics are fine for use in
      > Fermenters with low ABV alcohols up to 20% or so.
      >
      > Higher ABV distillates require particular plastics and also have various
      > temperature tolerances. I do not recommend storing or distilling in
      > plastics. However, this is my view point, and one which I will
      > maintain.
      >
      > Riku and others have used plastic boilers (even with internal heating
      > elements with no complaints. But (and BIG BUT) you must be very
      > careful in your selection. Riku and Harry have written numerous
      > (beaucoup) postings on which plastics are acceptable. Im sure they can
      > point you in the right direction. Here is a listing of materials
      > (mostly plastics) that are tolerant to Ethyl Alcohol and their
      > temperature limits from :
      >
      > http://www.harringtonplastics.com/chemGuide.cfm
      > <http://www.harringtonplastics.com/chemGuide.cfm> - Harrington
      > Plastic's search guide. Of course this doesn't include out standard
      > materials used in distilling such as glass, copper, brass, aluminum, SS
      > etc..
      >
      > Vino es Veritas,
      >
      > Jim aka Waldo.
      >
      >
      >
      > Chemical Resistance Results For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol)
      > Chemical formula: - Compatibility to Material: PVC
      > Recommendation: Satisfactory to 140 °F For: Alcohol
      > (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility to
      > Material: CPVC Recommendation: Satisfactory to 140 °F
      > For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: -
      > Compatibility to Material: Hastelloy C Recommendation: A -
      > Excellent For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical
      > formula: - Compatibility to Material: 316 Stainless Steel
      > Recommendation: A - Excellent For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol)
      > Chemical formula: - Compatibility to Material: Titanium
      > Recommendation: A - Excellent For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol)
      > Chemical formula: - Compatibility to Material: Buna-N (Nitrile)
      > Recommendation: Satisfactory to 140 °F For: Alcohol
      > (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility to
      > Material: Carbon Recommendation: A - Excellent For:
      > Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility
      > to Material: Ceramic Recommendation: A - Excellent
      > For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: -
      > Compatibility to Material: 304 Stainless Steel Recommendation:
      > A - Excellent For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical
      > formula: - Compatibility to Material: EPDM Recommendation:
      > Satisfactory to 180 °F For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol)
      > Chemical formula: - Compatibility to Material: Neoprene
      > Recommendation: Satisfactory to 140 °F For: Alcohol
      > (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility to
      > Material: Vinylester Recommendation: Satisfactory to 70 °F
      > For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: -
      > Compatibility to Material: Polysulfone Recommendation: No test
      > data available - For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical
      > formula: - Compatibility to Material: Viton
      > Recommendation: Satisfactory to 180 °F For: Alcohol
      > (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility to
      > Material: Halar Recommendation: Satisfactory to 250 °F
      > For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: -
      > Compatibility to Material: PTFE Recommendation: Satisfactory to
      > 350 °F For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical
      > formula: - Compatibility to Material: Epoxy
      > Recommendation: Satisfactory to 180 °F For: Alcohol
      > (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility to
      > Material: Polypropylene (PP) Recommendation: Satisfactory to 100
      > °F For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: -
      > Compatibility to Material: Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)
      > Recommendation: Satisfactory to 180 °F For: Alcohol
      > (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: - Compatibility to
      > Material: HD Linear Polyethylene (PE) Recommendation:
      > Satisfactory to 100 °F For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol)
      > Chemical formula: - Compatibility to Material: Polyethylene
      > Cross linked (XLPE) Recommendation: Satisfactory to 140 °F
      > For: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol) Chemical formula: -
      > Compatibility to Material: Duraplus (ABS) Recommendation: X -
      > Unsuitable
      >
      > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "gff_stwrt" <gff_stwrt@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi, folks,
      > >
      > > I looked up the first 100 posts in the archives with a search on
      > 'plastic' and didn't find the answer so perhaps someone could tell me;
      > > is it safe to use a plastic container (I have a couple of around a
      > litre each) marked with a figure 5 in the triangular recycle mark, for
      > the storage of alcohol products?
      > > And in particular the lower abv ones (under 50%) such as spirits
      > already diluted to drinking strength or liqueurs?
      > > If the containers are okay I might be able to get more from time to
      > time, free.
      > >
      > > Thanks,
      > >
      > > The Baker
      > >
      >
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