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How do i distill meths so its safe to drink?

My sister thinks that she can distil meths by straining it through bread and honestly i don't think it will work, so i want a more safe method. Please help.


I'm so sorry for wasting all your time but i just found out that meths in nz has had ALL the methanol removed! :-)
Thankyou to all of your for your help though.

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Rishnai8 years ago
Who on this green earth gave her that idea?! Really, I'd like to know so that someone can go exact some justice for endangering gullible peoples' lives. really, you want a drinkable alcohol, go get some. Or make like them thar hillfolk and distill your own. From something that's NOT POISON. Take meths, out over heat, let completely evaporate. Now you have no meths, or anything else, that you could even drink. (after some googling) ah, she has heard of the infamous Sterno Cocktail. The bread thing is just a tradition used to make people feel better about playing a chemical Russian Roullete. What she forgot to mention is that the actual trick is to dilute the PURE POISON with enough water that hopefully, you won't die. See, Sterno has some ethanol, and people bet their lives that they'll be able to get enough ethanol to feel a buzz before the methanol slowly and painfully kills them. If your dear beloved sister is planning on using methylated spirits, which is just pure methanol, and you don't stop her, you're going to be ordering a chunk of rock with the words "dear, beloved sister" and her name carved on it. There is no way to make meths non-poisonous, and no matter how much bread and water is involved, if someone drinks enough of it, they will die. If they don't drink enough, they get to live, blinded, with organ damage.
Umm, Rishnai, psst. "The bread thing is just a tradition..." "...methylated spirits, which is just pure methanol..." The Sterno Cocktail has been made for a long time, if it was absolutely bad I'd think they'd have reformulated or banned Sterno by now. The bread thing is pretty old and worldwide and related to methylated spirits, which BTW are not pure methanol, in both the US and UK they're regulated and 90% or so ethanol, which is also close to what Sterno is as it's basically just methylated spirits, gelling agent, and dye.

And while bread and water might not do much for methanol poisoning, ethanol does. If someone drinks too much "meths" a treatment is loading them up on regular booze, it's not an automatic death sentence.

I've found Googling works best if I put "wikipedia" on the end when searching for something specific. ;-)
Fair enough, but personally, I'd rather risk a Minor in Possession/Underage Consumption charge than risk poisoning. As for reformulating Sterno, even though some denatured spirits have been reformulated methanol-free due to poisoning deaths, the fact that it says right on the can that it's a bad idea to drink it still seems to have protected the Sterno fuel recipe from such changes. And yes, the treatment for methanol poisoning is ethanol, but if you're drinking meths, like you pointed out in your other comment, you're likely too young or can't afford high-proof booze, which you would need on hand in event of accidental meths poisoning.
BettinaG3 Rishnai5 months ago

why is it the cool thing to do now???

The cool thing right now is not to experiment with the stuff.
Either you have problems getting rif of the methanol or the other bitter agents will make the stuff horrible anyway.
I needed a bigger amount of almost pure ethanol for an experiment and after destilling, cleaning and filtering several times I simply bought what I needed ;)

...the fact that it says right on the can that it's a bad idea to drink it still seems to have protected the Sterno fuel recipe from such changes.
Sterno is so old it likely predates a legal requirement to have that labeling. It was probably quite popular during Prohibition.

...I'd rather risk a Minor in Possession/Underage Consumption charge than risk poisoning.
And I'd rather I still had the first option. :-) One thing I've learned, stupid people will do stupid things no matter how you try to stop them. Sometimes the best you can do is minimize the damage done to everyone but themselves.
> Sometimes the best you can do is minimize the damage done to everyone but themselves. . Yep
I don't know about sterno, but the governments do have regulations on required additives to denatured products, and they may include some of or all of the following....

Sucrose octaacetate To make it taste yummy

Denatonium_benzoate or Bittrex another yummy product

Pyridine To make it smell yummy

Syrup of ipecac So the hospital doesn't have much to pump when you arrive

And other things like Dye's, colorants, what ever solvent will blend with it that was cheap that day at the refinery, and this can be ketones, even av gas so there might even be Glycols, even some pour point depressants....
Apparently the terms change place to place, meths as in methylated spirits are just methylated spirits here but in certain places they have some ethanol as well, either way suicide is the best description of doing so...
simbad2 years ago

or you can grab a bucket, fill it with orange juice, weetbix, and a spoon of vegemite, mash it up, sit it outside for a day in the warmth, then strain through your shirt into another bucket. enjoy :P

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