Re: Everclear Alcohol and Gum

From: Tom Ferguson ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/27/04-03:37:20 PM Z
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I always knew that you couldn't drink the dime store denatured
(something learned in High School???). I just thought they came from
different sources, rather than being deliberately "poisoned"!

So, either my testing was too limited (not enough samples) or too much
alcohol in the sizing is a bad thing (and thus the weaker Vodka had
more stain resistance than the stronger denatured).

I think I will work with cheap vodka for a while. I've always really
hated vodka taste, so won't be tempted to imbibe while working ;-(

Now, if I could just find a good photographic reason to keep a stock of
good German dark beer in the darkroom.........

On Thursday, May 27, 2004, at 01:55 PM, wrote:

> Denatured alcohol is ethyl alcohol with methyl alcohol added to make
> it undrinkable (denatured). It is not the same thing as vodka. For
> this reason, there is a negligible tax on denatured alcohol, but there
> is a huge tax (~$20/qt, I think) on ethyl alcohol. Don't even think of
> diluting denatured alcohol to the same concentration as vodka and
> drinking it.
> --
> Bill Leigh
>> Tom,
>> Vodka and denatured alcohol are the same thing (ethyl alcohol) at
>> different concentration. You just need more vodka to get the same
>> amount
>> of alcohol in your mixture. As far as rum is concerned save it for
>> experiments with coke, or diet coke.
>> Marek Matusz
>>> Here (after a few tests) is what I think I now know....
>>> In the sizing (gelatin) either denatured or vodka (1:20) does "matte"
>>> the look of the sizing a bit and help with an even coat (if brush
>>> sizing). Vodka "may" limit staining better after a few coats (very
>>> very
>>> similar). Vodka is ?grain? alcohol and denatured is ?wood? alcohol,
>>> so
>>> it is believable that they would work different.
>>> In the gum/color mix, vodka and denatured both help with an even
>>> brush
>>> coating. I don't see anything else in the image or contrast. I simply
>>> replaced 1/10 of my dichromate solution with alcohol (most folks are
>>> suggesting that saturated Ammonium Dichromate isn't needed anyway).
>>> I may try and get some other purer (150 proof?) rum or Everclear and
>>> see if that does anything different. But, early results say that ease
>>> of coating is the biggest advantage.
>>> --------------
>>> Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson
Received on Thu May 27 15:37:37 2004

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