From: "Jeffrey Your, CSMM" <00000506835eb4f7-dmarc-request**At_Symbol_Here**LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Home Ethanol Storage
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:14:29 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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Ethanol is considered a Class IB flammable, having a flash point of <73F (<23C), however the proof percent of the whiskey is important because the dissolution of a miscible flammable liquid in water affects the flammability. For example, pure ethanol will flash at 12.7 =B0C; a 70% mixture by weight in water will flash at 23 =B0C; and a 24% mixture in water at 60.5 =B0C. Assuming you have 80 proof whiskey (40% - 26 =B0C (79 =B0F) - typical vodka, whisky or brandy), keeping the basement below 80F obviates the need for flammability concerns. I would however consider a rider on your homeowner's insurance were there to be a fire or theft, for such a fine collection.

On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 10:53 AM Bennett-Paris, Joseph <JBennettParis**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Greetings Colleagues:

A family member contacted me recently because upon moving into a new home, discovered he had, according to his calculations, approximately 275-375 liters of whiskey and similar spirits in his basement. Its not stored in anything special, just normal wood cabinetry. He is was reaching out to see if he needs to have that amount in any kind of proper flammable storage containers. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance,

Joe Bennett-Paris, Ph.D.

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