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Title: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: gstours on July 06, 2019, 06:58:30 PM
Just wondering, seems like a good solution to me.  Just wondering.?🚣‍♀️ If youíre not driving?🧜‍♂️


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Dominick on July 06, 2019, 07:12:28 PM
Bourbon as a degreaser is blasphemy.  Dominick


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: MarkT on July 06, 2019, 07:17:48 PM
I think it must be... my innerds donít feel greasy at all.


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: RowdyW on July 06, 2019, 07:18:55 PM
It makes a better antiseptic.  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Ron Jones on July 06, 2019, 07:19:23 PM
Its a fantastic lubricant for degrading homo sapien support structures. As far as degreasing, I'd rather kiss a wookie.
The Man


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Shark Hunter on July 06, 2019, 10:10:46 PM
Good Whiskey is never a good degreaser.
Don't waste the Nectar for its purpose.
Only real Bourbon comes from the Great State of Kentucky.
All others are imposters and worthy of a degreaser. ;)


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: David Hall on July 06, 2019, 10:41:05 PM
Iím with Dominick. This is sacreligious.  Well it is if your thinking scotch anyway.  Although use it to keep rust from accumulating but for medicinal purposes only and never anything less than 12 years old.


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: oc1 on July 06, 2019, 11:49:11 PM
Despite all that, I don't think it will be a very good degreaser either.  No better than other dilute alcohols.  It will dissolve some of the grease but is not very aggressive.  It might help a little in a pinch.... say if you're too loaded to get up and go get the degreaser.

Grease is non-polar (don't ask, just go with it).  Like dissolves like (an old saying).  So you're better off with a non-polar solvent.  Non-polar solvents have hydrocarbons like mineral spirits, naphtha, acetone, etc.  You can also use a soap which has a hydrocarbon tail making it both polar and non-polar.

-steve


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Ron Jones on July 07, 2019, 03:31:20 PM
OK Steve,
I'm just joking here, but I'd reckon that bourbon and Scotch are matured in charred oak barrels and therefore pick up some hydrocarbons. That's probably a bit non-polar :)
The Man


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Brewcrafter on July 07, 2019, 08:42:41 PM
I love this forum that we can have a serious tongue in cheek discussion on this  ;D.  Other than it being as others pointed out heinous and uncivilized, I would think (and there are actually long threads elsewhere in the forum that a pretty serious about this stuff like solvents) that the bottom line is - it will leave residue.  BUT - As the son of a veteran - I have heard many stories of "doing what you have to do to get it done" and I suppose if you are 8 days into an 18 day long range and really need to service bearings...you're gonna make it happen!


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: oc1 on July 08, 2019, 12:18:46 PM
OK Steve,
I'm just joking here, but I'd reckon that bourbon and Scotch are matured in charred oak barrels and therefore pick up some hydrocarbons. That's probably a bit non-polar :)
The Man
Ron, somewhere in the back of my mind I had the notion that consuming a lot of hydrocarbon is not good for you.  Don't know if that is true or not but will reconsider in light of this new information  :)
-steve


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: MarkT on July 08, 2019, 12:31:47 PM
Maybe try some experimentation, just for scientific purposes of course.


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Ron Jones on July 08, 2019, 12:45:56 PM
OK Steve,
I'm just joking here, but I'd reckon that bourbon and Scotch are matured in charred oak barrels and therefore pick up some hydrocarbons. That's probably a bit non-polar :)
The Man
Ron, somewhere in the back of my mind I had the notion that consuming a lot of hydrocarbon is not good for you.  Don't know if that is true or not but will reconsider in light of this new information  :)
-steve
I LIKE IT!
This is like BBQ meat, the lung association hates it because of hydrocarbons, but the heart association loves it because of the lower fat. I just know it tastes good, especially with a polar solvent that has been inundated with trace polar hydrocarbons! (I think I just exceeded silly.)
The Man


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Fishy247 on July 09, 2019, 09:32:52 AM
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You can also use a soap which has a hydrocarbon tail making it both polar and non-polar

Does this mean that soap is bipolar?


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Ron Jones on July 09, 2019, 10:24:46 AM
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You can also use a soap which has a hydrocarbon tail making it both polar and non-polar

Does this mean that soap is bipolar?
Only if no Prozac.
The Man


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: alantani on July 12, 2019, 09:23:22 PM
single malt.  um, we're going to still drink it, right?   ;D


Title: Re: Is bourbon a good degreaser?
Post by: Ron Jones on July 13, 2019, 09:12:36 AM
Lots and lots!
The Man