Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Vinegar and Alcohol
Name: Andan
Status: Student
Age: 16
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: N/A 


Question:
Does Red Wine Vinegar contain alcohol after it is done transforming, and also if it is able to intoxicate a person.



Replies:
Vinegars do still contain some level of alcohol. The "vinegar" taste is actually due to acetic acid, but the chemical transformation is never fully complete just sitting around a kitchen. Vinegar would be much too gross to drink in the quantity it would take to intoxicate anyone. If you're trying to eliminate the alcohol content in your food, cook it (this is true for wine too). Alcohol is very volatile -- that is, it boils off at pretty low temperatures. Just remember that alcohol also has a very low flash point -- the temperature at which it can be set on fire. So be careful if you're using a lot!

Christine Ticknor
Ph.D. Student
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut



Click here to return to the Molecular Biology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory