How is Champagne Made?

How is Champagne Made?

All right, more bottles of Champagne are popped during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. French law states that grapes from the region of Champagne must be used for a bottle of sparkling wine to be called champagne. But from a chemical perspective, champagne obeys another law: Henry’s law. This Read more about How is Champagne Made?[…]

DIY Cleaning Hacks (Chemistry Life Hacks Vol. 6)

DIY Cleaning Hacks (Chemistry Life Hacks Vol. 6)

You run out of your go-to cleaner, the store is a little too far away, but you just can’t let that mess sit. All the more reason to get yourself acquainted with these masterful DIY chemistry cleaning hacks to help keep your house looking sparkly, with all the evidence you need to back it up. Read more about DIY Cleaning Hacks (Chemistry Life Hacks Vol. 6)[…]

Another Reason To Drink (In Moderation) – Food Myths #3

Another Reason To Drink (In Moderation) – Food Myths #3

FOOD MYTHS #2: Red Wine is the only alcoholic beverage that’s good for your heart Some of you out there have probably heard of the French paradox: even though the French have a diet high in saturated fats, they have much lower rates of coronary heart disease, relatively speaking. Well, scientists initially thought it was Read more about Another Reason To Drink (In Moderation) – Food Myths #3[…]

Why Does Beer Get Skunked?

Why Does Beer Get Skunked?

Attention beer lovers. We’re about to save you the trauma of losing anymore brews to skunking. It’s a miserable feeling when you’ve cracked open a cold one on a beautiful sunny day, only to take a sip and find out that it tastes and smells like a skunk’s behind. So what the heck happened to Read more about Why Does Beer Get Skunked?[…]

How To Get Rid of Beer Foam Fast

How To Get Rid of Beer Foam Fast

Party foul! You pour a beer but it’s more head than body. Don’t want to get a foam mustache? Chemistry’s got your back. So say you pour a beer but it’s all foam. Do you wait? Try to drink through it? Grab a straw. Just kidding. There is a better way. Find something oily like Read more about How To Get Rid of Beer Foam Fast[…]

Can You Make Beer with Helium?-Speaking of Chemistry

Can You Make Beer with Helium?-Speaking of Chemistry

Every year, some cheeky brewers with high-pitched voices post videos claiming they’ve made beer with helium instead of CO2 or nitrogen. Then Internet nerds expose the videos as pranks. What gets lost in this perpetual cycle, though, is that you can actually make helium beer. Stay tuned to see how our friends did it and Read more about Can You Make Beer with Helium?-Speaking of Chemistry[…]

How Do Breathalyzers Work?

How Do Breathalyzers Work?

So it’s Saint Patrick’s Day weekend and you’re having a few drinks with friends. Don’t make the incredibly stupid decision to get behind the wheel. If you do, you might see those blue lights in your rear-view mirror, and an officer pulling out one of these (portable breath test). Think you can beat the test? Read more about How Do Breathalyzers Work?[…]

How Do Hand Sanitizers Work?

How Do Hand Sanitizers Work?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the ubiquitous little squeeze-bottle heroes of airports and hospitals, our allies against the flu and supposedly effective against all the things that ail ya. But what’s in there? And is it true that they kill 99.99% of germs, as popular brands claim? Most popular hand sanitizers are alcohol-based. The active ingredient Read more about How Do Hand Sanitizers Work?[…]

Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe?

Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe?

In tiny quantities, it’s essential to life. Combined with hydrogen, it takes the nickname glass-eater. Combined with calcium, phosphorus, and oxygen, it can re-strengthen the hardest substance in the human body. It’s fluoride. Fluoride is found naturally in soil and water, but some places have far more than others. And because of that, scientists in Read more about Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe?[…]

7 Wine Facts & Myths

7 Wine Facts & Myths

We all know at least one wine snob who insists on decanting the wine to “let it breathe” and swirling his glass and saying things like he can smell the gooseberry notes. But is there any merit to this pretentious pomp and circumstance? To get you some top shelf wine knowledge, we went to UC Read more about 7 Wine Facts & Myths[…]