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CorvallisCracker
03-22-2011, 14:57
Last week. at the OSU surplus property sale, I picked up a second hand scanning electron microscope for $7. Got it home and, of course, the first thing I wanted to look at was bourbon. Saw some pretty amazing stuff.

Before showing the images, one of basic Ethanol:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R7MSAr43xTw/TYkJ7vMmiTI/AAAAAAAAAG4/uStzfHwttfY/s1600/Ethanol.jpg (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R7MSAr43xTw/TYkJ7vMmiTI/AAAAAAAAAG4/uStzfHwttfY/s1600/Ethanol.jpg)


The first bourbon I looked at was some Heaven Hill 6/90.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7DVpJS5EFeE/TYkJ98NyiiI/AAAAAAAAAG8/rc3BZLBez4I/s1600/Heaven+Hill+M.jpg (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7DVpJS5EFeE/TYkJ98NyiiI/AAAAAAAAAG8/rc3BZLBez4I/s1600/Heaven+Hill+M.jpg)


Next was some EC 18. Many say it spends too much time in the barrel.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pBrsRzw0KTM/TYkKAOLyUhI/AAAAAAAAAHA/lx6PhSCvhmk/s1600/EC18.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pBrsRzw0KTM/TYkKAOLyUhI/AAAAAAAAAHA/lx6PhSCvhmk/s1600/EC18.jpg)


Took a look at some Johnny Drum. Some say that KBD stuff is just repackaged Heaven Hill juice. Here's PROOF that they're wrong.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yD-SfmkS_i4/TYkKBUprlzI/AAAAAAAAAHE/qGJeqmmNtxo/s1600/KBD.jpg (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yD-SfmkS_i4/TYkKBUprlzI/AAAAAAAAAHE/qGJeqmmNtxo/s1600/KBD.jpg)


Scanned some GTS. It appears that BT uses a post-sales byproduct to bind an additional ethanol molecule.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EIeUzon9m-Q/TYkKEwS3ffI/AAAAAAAAAHI/rHaX5gD7F8A/s1600/GTS.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EIeUzon9m-Q/TYkKEwS3ffI/AAAAAAAAAHI/rHaX5gD7F8A/s1600/GTS.jpg)


A look at Jack Black confirmed some suspicions I'd had.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l_cn5XveZN8/TYkKIbRglhI/AAAAAAAAAHM/5d42mUZb5HU/s1600/Jack+Black.jpg (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l_cn5XveZN8/TYkKIbRglhI/AAAAAAAAAHM/5d42mUZb5HU/s1600/Jack+Black.jpg)


Ever wonder why Fishnbowl Joe likes Weller so much? Well, wonder no more!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mfBQu3ZjcMg/TYkKKSAqpjI/AAAAAAAAAHQ/0zIAuZPk5jA/s1600/Weller.jpg (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mfBQu3ZjcMg/TYkKKSAqpjI/AAAAAAAAAHQ/0zIAuZPk5jA/s1600/Weller.jpg)

cigarnv
03-22-2011, 15:01
You have way too much time on your hands Scott!!!!! But keep it up..well done..

Special Reserve
03-22-2011, 15:08
I love that linkage on the GTS molecule.

That's a great discovery!

Will

Special Reserve
03-22-2011, 15:10
Where could I find a second hand NMR for sale to confirm that GTS linkage?

Will

sku
03-22-2011, 15:56
More, more more!

CorvallisCracker
03-22-2011, 16:40
More, more more!

Okay, one more for today.

Woodford Reserve Four Grain.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-o4T-EWE4H7E/TYkkXtlGgvI/AAAAAAAAAHU/g9fcz3jselM/s1600/Woodford.jpg (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-o4T-EWE4H7E/TYkkXtlGgvI/AAAAAAAAAHU/g9fcz3jselM/s1600/Woodford.jpg)


Some of you may be wondering, "Where's the malt atom?" The malt atom is what's known as a "free radical". I was told this by a climate scientist at the Ayn Rand Institute, so I'm sure it's true.

Special Reserve
03-22-2011, 16:43
Great work Scott!

I'm really appreciate your expertise.

Will

birdman1099
03-22-2011, 16:43
This is the most awesome thing I have seen here !!!!!:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

CorvallisCracker
03-22-2011, 17:17
Where could I find a second hand NMR for sale to confirm that GTS linkage?

Will

I think I saw one at the surplus property sale...had some rust though...and one of the springs was busted...

Special Reserve
03-22-2011, 19:02
I think I saw one at the surplus property sale...had some rust though...and one of the springs was busted...

Nice, but not nearly as nice as those molecules. They're great!

sailor22
03-22-2011, 19:02
The one I got at the FSU surplus sale needs new muffler bearings before it will e-scan.

Scott - those are great. Thanks.

T Comp
03-22-2011, 19:05
Great stuff! Best laugh of the day, maybe the month.

craigthom
03-23-2011, 04:11
Okay, one more for today.

Woodford Reserve Four Grain.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-o4T-EWE4H7E/TYkkXtlGgvI/AAAAAAAAAHU/g9fcz3jselM/s1600/Woodford.jpg (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-o4T-EWE4H7E/TYkkXtlGgvI/AAAAAAAAAHU/g9fcz3jselM/s1600/Woodford.jpg)


Some of you may be wondering, "Where's the malt atom?" The malt atom is what's known as a "free radical". I was told this by a climate scientist at the Ayn Rand Institute, so I'm sure it's true.

Are you sure this doesn't have some $ molecules in it?

barturtle
03-23-2011, 07:04
Are you sure this doesn't have some $ molecules in it?

No, if it had $ molecules it might actually be worth what you have to pay for it.:rolleyes:

CorvallisCracker
03-23-2011, 10:05
Great work Scott!

I'm really appreciate your expertise.


Thank you, Will.

I expect you're one of the few who understand why I had to use the cupric form of copper in the Woodford molecule. :Clever:

Jono
03-23-2011, 10:27
Very good! Show us your ideal bourbon molecule.

doubleblank
03-23-2011, 11:12
Scott must have studied Organoleptic Chemistry in college.

CorvallisCracker
03-23-2011, 11:19
Scott must have studied Organoleptic Chemistry in college.

I signed up for that, but dropped it when I realized it wasn't about what I'd thought it was about.

callmeox
03-23-2011, 11:53
Doesn't KBD bourbon have Fufarium in it?

I believe it is the element FU.

CorvallisCracker
03-23-2011, 12:10
Doesn't KBD bourbon have Fufarium in it?

I believe it is the element FU.

The whiskey doesn't but rumor has it that the owners have it in their DNA. :rolleyes:

craigthom
03-23-2011, 17:56
Speaking of molecules, I saw some "Carbon Free" organic sugar in the grocery store yesterday. Isn't carbon free sugar just water?

OK, maybe hydrogen peroxide, and maybe free hydrogen and oxygen, but water is funnier.

(Yes, I know it's a trademarked way of saying "carbon neutral", but it still cracked me up.)

squire
03-23-2011, 19:31
I don't follow the science but understand the sentiment.

steeltownbbq
03-23-2011, 20:29
Looking forward to your scan of Bulleit. I want to see how they fit in the Bs. I presume you will find that it is negatively charged

birdman1099
03-24-2011, 06:05
Looking forward to your scan of Bulleit. I want to see how they fit in the Bs. I presume you will find that it is negatively charged


and will most certainly contain 4 roses....

pepcycle
03-24-2011, 13:23
If the Bulleit has any part of the 4 Roses, its probably the thorny stems.

CorvallisCracker
03-29-2011, 17:06
Another one. Maker's Mark.

Of course I was expecting red wax. But jeez...
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uKFnbpM92Wo/TZJlTjqwoWI/AAAAAAAAAHY/iNggqmX-cZU/s1600/Makers+Mark.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uKFnbpM92Wo/TZJlTjqwoWI/AAAAAAAAAHY/iNggqmX-cZU/s1600/Makers+Mark.jpg)



You have no idea how long this one took.

CaptainQ
03-29-2011, 17:26
:lol: Bravo, Scott, bravo! :cool:

StraightNoChaser
03-29-2011, 20:44
Have you ever wondered what your favourite libation looks like under a microscope? Picture a scientist, drunk off White Russians; staring into his glass and thinking I bet this would look really cool if I magnified it! To the Lab-Mobile! A few years and a few sloshy nights later, BevShots was born. A company that sells beautiful magnified prints of your favourite alcoholic drinks. Below is a small collection of the prints being offered along with the photography technique used, enjoy responsibly http://twistedsifter.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif


http://twistedsifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/whiskey-close-up-under-a-microscope.jpg
Whiskey Magnified

HOW ARE THE IMAGES CAPTURED? The images are made by first crystallizing the drink of choice on a lab slide. Using a standard light microscope with a camera attached, the light source is polarized and passed through the crystal. This creates the magnificent colors we see in our favorite drinks.
Each image is created by using a pipette of each particular drink and squeezing a drop onto a slide. Then the droplets are allowed to dry out and the slide is placed under the microscope and a picture is taken. It can take up to four weeks for the alcohol to dry out completely in an airtight container, and the whole process can take up to three months.

http://twistedsifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/close-up-of-scotch-distilled-art.jpg
Scotch Scotch Scotch. I Love Scotch


more pictures at http://twistedsifter.com/2010/06/alcoholic-art-liquor-under-a-microscope/

pepcycle
03-30-2011, 13:38
Funny that crystalized whiskey and Cirrhotic Liver look so similar and beautiful.
(Gut 2000;47:563-570 doi:10.1136/gut.47.4.563 )

CorvallisCracker
03-30-2011, 14:04
Funny that crystalized whiskey and Cirrhotic Liver look so similar...

Yeah. Funny. Uh-huh. Funny.