Why can’t I distill liquor at home?

Reactions - Uncover the Chemistry in Everyday Life

Youtube ID: a1IruS1bKN8

Reactions Science Videos | June 16, 2022

Distilling liquor might be a relatively simple process — heating a fermented liquid and keeping only the boiled alcohol — but it is dangerous and illegal without a license. To extract only alcohol from a mixture of many ingredients, scientists must explore boiling points and the intermolecular forces that shape them.


10.22: Distillation
3.S: Functional Groups (Summary)
8.14: Alcohols

2.11: Intermolecular Forces and Relative Boiling Points (bp)


Overview of Distilled Spirits
6 - Chemical Constituents of Grapes and Wine

Produced by the American Chemical Society.



You Might Also Like

Learn from the best and brightest minds in chemistry LIVE every Thursday at 2pm ET!

Browse all ACS Webinars.

Check out these other ACS science videos and podcasts highlighting cutting-edge research from ACS journals and fascinating, weird and timely topics.