Portable Raman for Quantification of Methanol in Contaminated Spirits

Over the past several years, an alarming trend has become evident, highlighting serious issues related to harmful illegally brewed alcohol globally. Home-distilled alcohol brewed from industrial solvents (i.e wood alcohol) and presented as an alcoholic beverage often contains methanol, which causes blindness and can lead to death when ingested. In this application note we will discuss the reasons why portable Raman spectroscopy is the ideal choice for this application and we will show a real world example of methanol-laced rum.