Consumer Chemistry: Alcohol

Ages: 12-18
Cost: $150 ($38 deposit)
Schedule: Tue, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 and 3/28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Lauren Monroe

Be it honey, grapes, rice, barley, or agave, cultures across the globe have learned independent of one another how to ferment natural starches and sugars to produce the chemical compound ethyl alcohol. Ethyl alcohol, also called ethanol, is the psycho-active compound sought after in wine, beer and spirits. Students will learn and discuss a short history of the evolution of ethyl alcohol in human culture. Students will learn how the compound acts physiologically in the human body and why it is one of the most well studied drugs, known for its pleasures and dangers. Students will carry out labs with an end goal of fermenting and distilling ethyl alcohol from black strap molasses.