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Caracterización del Ñeque, bebida alcohólica elaborada artesanalmente en la Costa Caribe Colombiana

The objective of this research was to determine the content of ethanol, methanol and heavy metals in ñeque, an alcoholic beverage obtained from sugarcane in a home-made form in the Colombian Caribbean Coast. To prepare ñeque, panela (sugar cane juices) is dissolved in water until a density of one Baume degree is reached. This solution is fermented approximately for seven days obtaining a must. After that, the must is distilled obtaining the alcoholic beverage as distillate. The ethanol and methanol content was determined by gas chromatography. The identification of metals was done by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. Ethanol concentrations, copper and lead are higher than the permissible limits for this type of alcoholic beverages

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