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# What is the freezing temperature of alcohol?

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2014-03-26 14:55:22

Pure ethanol freezes at -114 °C (-173.2 degree Fahrenheit). Alcoholic beverages will freeze somewhere between -114 °C and 0 °C depending on the alcohol content.

The kind of alcohol that people can drink is called ethanol and it has a freezing point of -114 degrees Celsius (-114 °C). However, there are many other kinds of alcohol (such as methanol, rubbing alcohol or inspirational, banal, and many others) and each one has a different freezing point. Water freezes at 0 °C and the coldest most home model freezers will go down to -18 °C. That is why Alcoholic Beverages won't freeze in your home freezer. However, most alcoholic beverage are not pure ethanol, but instead a mixture of water and ethanol. The freezing point of the mixture depends on how much of each component is in it. For instance, something with only 1% ethanol will freeze just a little below 0 °C, whereas something with 95% ethanol will freeze pretty close to -114 °C. How much ethanol is in a particular alcoholic beverage is listed on the bottle, either as a percentage or as a "proof" which is just 2 times the percentage (100 proof =B= 50% ethanol).

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2014-03-26 14:55:22
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