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From: Conn Copas <C.V.Copas@lut.ac.uk>
Subject: Poisonous brews
Date: 1992-07-02 10:42:17 GMT

Russ asked about the above topic.

My understanding is that methanol (so-called wood alcohol) can be produced by
the fermentation of cellulose, ie, plant fibre. I believe it requires special
micro-organisms. I've read of some third world illicit distillers who have
poisoned people by allowing a must containing sugar cane fibre to ferment
spontaneously.

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