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igniting vodka
« on: January 07, 2008, 04:09:16 PM »
Well, perhaps not exactly chemical experiment, but still interesting :) And as Kryolith suggested, can make a good party trick.

Picture 1 - what you need. Any 40% vodka will do. Don't use cold one, room temperature works best. Fill the glass to the rim.

Picture 2 - that's a way you do it. Two matches kept as close to the surface as possible, on both sides of the glass. Two matches won't be enough, you will need more that that, so keep a box close and replace match each time it starts to burn your fingers.

Picture 3 - final effect. Beware - in my experience glass may break spilling vodka on the table. It goes off then, as it is not hot enough in volume, but better be prepared.
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008, 04:16:21 PM »
Great  ;D

Did you do the experiment?

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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008, 04:29:35 PM »
Yep, these are my hands on the picture, about an hour ago :)
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 04:36:14 PM »
Unfortunately I have neither vodka, nor matches at hand right now. I'll try to verify the experiment tomorrow ;)

If you know more "tricks" please do not hesitate to post (better show) them.

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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 04:42:25 PM »
Oh, one thing more - do it in dimmed light!
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008, 04:56:54 PM »
I can imagine, the (blue) flame is almost invisible at ambient light. I'll report my result...

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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008, 06:06:54 PM »
You better try before trying to impress people at the party. It takes some time, so you better know how it works before going live ;) to avoid sweating and waiting and thinking "geez, it is not working, I am going to make an idiot out of myself, I am going to kill Borek" :P
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2008, 06:09:10 PM »
rofl  ;D I can't stop laughing...

But: Again a very good idea!

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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2008, 05:49:45 AM »
Mind if I use it for the blog? I'll give a link to chembuddy in the posting.
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2008, 06:07:39 AM »
No problem :)
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2008, 09:47:03 AM »
It worked fine, though I needed 16 matches to ignite the vodka. I noticed that the flame is higher when the vodka becomes hotter. Today I am invited to a barbecue (yes I know it's winter  ;)). I am going to demonstrate the trick, but perhaps heating in the microwave will make it easier. Oh and I will use tequila instead. 8)

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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2008, 07:49:10 PM »
Around here, we drink our alcohol...


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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2008, 03:32:12 AM »
But oxidized alcohol is so much more yummy.
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2008, 11:09:32 AM »
Heh mitch, careful, you might just have some poor schmuck drinking shots of acetaldehyde before the day is out....damn, thats a hangover I wouldn't like to meet in a dark alley at night ;D

Personally, I prefer my ethanol either chlorinated or dehydrated to a dimeric oxide.
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Re: igniting vodka
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2008, 11:54:50 AM »
And scientific explanation is needed why it works (though it is quite easy to explain)
I remenber from my youth thatb pressed cube of sugar dipped in alcohol also works
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