92 % Weapons Grade Wiskey

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  1. Sadly, it's unlikely that I'll be in a position to avail myself of this fine whisky, jon, but rest assured, I will redouble my efforts to assist in the stock rotation of Islay distillery products. :lol:
  2. Little correction: ... if any man except Russians, Finns, Swedes, ...

    I told about this story but it would be useful to repeat it.

    After speech by Khrushchev in 1956 (about Stalin's oppressions) there was serious reorganisation of KGB in Soviet Union. My father, young lieutenant then served in anti-aircraft regiment 100km from Moscow. He was chosen to study in Moscow (in KGB high school). It should be noted that half liter of vodka for my father is a childish dose.

    After receiving an order, the officers decided to organise farwell dinner. Russians frequently use for vodka so called STAKANs (glass 200ml). But STAKAN of my father was filled from 'special' bottle that contained 96% spirit.

    Toast 'for military brotherhood' suggests that full STAKAN should be emptied. My father recognized spirit but ... for military brotherhood... he drank full STAKAN.
  3. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Interesting stuff - more than 2 spoons full, kills you. I take it todays distilling techniques will allow the removal of the ethanol (the likely cause). Love to see what the safety notice will be on the bottle -

    "Drink and Die!"

    Perhaps we should be tracking the sale of any of these bottles. The chance for a gratuitous addition to the Darwinian Awards must be high :lol:

    edited once - god, my spealing is afful!
  4. Surely the METHANOL? If you removed the ethanol, the drink would be 0% and non-alcoholic!
  5. What a load of bollix :roll: although disitillation is used as a method of purification in the production of many CWAs it would take much more than a "small tweak" to convert a distillery into a CWA production plant, (besides which, it would be a terrible, terrible waste)
  6. Nothing to do with Chem Weapons but interesting all the same...

    The Royal Navy in the days of 'Olde when Pressganging, pillaging, plundering and the British Empire were the Done Thing and in fashion' would only allow 'Plymouth Gin' to be stored alongside Gunpowder as it was the only alcohol that if mixed with the Gunpowder during heavy storms would still allow the powder to be used, no wonder Wellingtons men were fed with Gin rather than Rum prior to Battle!!!
  7. The following taken from a Project online about Alcohol explains a bit better:

    What is Proof?

    Proof is another (older) measure of the strength of an alcoholic liquid.
    It had its origins in days when a simple test was needed that the liquor did indeed contain a *correct* measure (or more) of alcohol. And it was indeed a simple test.
    Some of the liquor was poured over a little gunpowder and ignited. If the alcohol content was adequate, then it would burn 'just right' with a steady blue flame and eventually ignite the gunpowder. If there was insufficient alcohol then it would fizzle out and the gunpowder would be too wet to burn. The 'just right' condition 'proved' the liquor and it was declared to be '100% proof'.
    This simple test was clearly cumbersome to perform and was later replaced by using a specially graduated hydrometer to measure the specific gravity. This was far more objective and allowed precise statements to be made as to how much different it was from being 100% proof. This gave rise to "under-proof" and "over-proof" measures. In the US a very simple relationship is defined between 'proof' and %AbV. It is that
    proof = 2 × %AbV
    So, 180 proof (US) = 90 %AbV.

    It the UK it was laid down by an Act of Parliament in 1816 that "a quantity of 100% proof liquor would have the same weight as 12/13 ths of the same volume of pure water at 51°F." (That is twelve thirteenths)
    100 proof (UK) = 57.06 %AbV
    200 proof (US) = 100 %AbV = 175.25 proof (UK)
    100 proof (US) = 50 %AbV = 87.6 proof (UK)
    These conversions are handled in the
    AbV and Equivalent Values
    Keep your powder dry (or wet it with the right stuff!)
    At one time (in the days of sailing ships, cannons and gunpowder) the makers of Plymouth Gin distilled a special gin for the Royal Navy. It was 57%AbV or 100% proof. Why?
    In order to keep it secure it was stored in the magazine close by the gunpowder. So, even if it leaked and wetted the gunpowder, at 100% proof the gunpowder would still explode.

    Though that need has been long gone, they still market the stuff!



  8. If you have ever tried the "Navy Strength" Gin made in the Plymouth Gin Black Friars' Distillery on the Barbican you will fully understand! it is lethal, nice of the Distillery to also put a black friar monk at the back of the bottle so when you see the monks feet it is time to replace your bottle! :lol:

  9. I'm going to be proven wrong here, but I just want to say WAAAAAH!

    Methanol is an alcohol, as is Ethanol, Propanol, Butanol, Hexanol etc.

    [Of course, I don't know what effect drinking methanol would have though]
  10. Drinking Metanol preserves you, as it is converted into formaldehyde in the body, which is a pickling agent. It also makes you go blind.
  11. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    You can still buy Plymouth Gin...and it's (iirc) 40% alcohol by volume - compare and contrast weedy Gordons Green at 37.5% - and I expect in 1810 Gin was tuppence a pint ...which is why the troops were dosed with it rather than comparatively expensive West Indian ROMMMM (man).

    By the time of the Great War, the British Army seem to have switched to rum.....probably 'cos the Navy were buying it in such large quantities !
  12. You can still buy Plymouth Gin 'Navy Strength' which is still 57% Abv...

    Purchase Plymouth 'Navy Strength' Here

    Probably not a good idea to go testing it on any Gunpowder you come across though! :roll:


  13. 96 % is death and blindness juice, I read this in the Telegraph today do you think you would have to water it down?
  14. That explains Gurkha rum - nothing deadlier (well maybe SARIN, but you dont get the hangover)