fusel oil

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fu·sel oil

An acrid, oily, poisonous liquid mixture of amyl alcohols, occurring in incompletely distilled alcoholic liquids and used as a solvent and in the manufacture of explosives and pure amyl alcohols.

[German Fusel, bad liquor, from Low German.]

fusel oil

(ˈfjuːzəl) or


(Elements & Compounds) a mixture of amyl alcohols, propanol, and butanol: a by-product in the distillation of fermented liquors used as a source of amyl alcohols
[C19: from German Fusel bad spirits]

fu′sel oil`

(ˈfyu zəl, -səl)
a mixture consisting chiefly of amyl alcohols.
[1855–60; < German Fusel bad liquor]
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Noun1.fusel oil - a mixture of amyl alcohols and propanol and butanol formed from distillation of fermented liquors
oil - a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
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Fusel oil, released into the water whenever coffee grounds are boiled, causes bitterness; however, fusel oil is not released into water at less than boiling temperatures.
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These byproducts are called "congeners," complex organic molecules with toxic effects including acetone, acetaldehyde, fusel oil, tannins, and furfural.
Ethyl alcohol is used to produce alcoholic beverages or antifreeze in automobile radiators; methyl alcohol is used to produce such industrial products as antifreeze or solvent for gums and lacquers; isopropyl alcohol is used as a rubbing alcohol; and fusel oil is a base for perfumes and fixatives (http://www.
The volatile components, other than ethanol, are contained in what is known as the fusel oil fraction.
Warwick Hough, a spokesman for whiskey rectifiers, claimed that fusel oil, which was found in straight but not in rectified whiskey, was "the worst poison on earth.
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Two methods of producing whiskey were common by the late nineteenth century One was to distill grain, and then to decrease the concentration of fusel oil by aging the alcohol in a charred wooden barrel; whiskey produced in this way became known as "straight" whiskey" The second method was to distill grain, and then to remove the impurities through additional distillation, or rectification.