About Material Compatibilities with 200 Proof Ethyl Alcohol

What materials are best to use with 200 proof ethanol?

The best materials to use with 200 proof ethanol would be anything that has excellent chemical compatibility and/or is a non-reactive material. Non-reactive materials are materials used to store or hold chemicals, food, and fuels without risk of a dangerous or adverse chemical reaction.

Some examples of materials that are non-reactive and/or have excellent chemical compatibility are:

  • Acetal (excellent chemical compatibility)
  • Glass (non-reactive and excellent chemical compatibility) 
  • Some metals, including:
    • Copper (non-reactive and excellent chemical compatibility) 
    • Stainless steel (non-reactive)
  • Nylon (excellent chemical compatibility)
  • Some plastics (including certain Nalgene® plastics), including:
    • HDPE or high-density polyethylene (non-reactive and excellent chemical compatibility)
    • LDPE or low-density polyethylene plastic resin (excellent chemical compatibility)
    • PP or polypropylene (excellent chemical compatibility)
    • PMP or polymethylpentene (excellent chemical compatibility)
    • Teflon® or PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) (non-reactive and excellent chemical compatibility)
  • Viton® (excellent chemical compatibility)

Materials that are mostly compatible but can sustain damage after prolonged exposure include:

  • Aluminum
  • Carbon steel 
  • PVC pipe or tubing

Materials that are not recommended but are commonly inquired about include: 

  • Brass (some brass alloys may contain lead which can leach into the ethanol after prolonged contact)

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