Burning Glühwein

  • Author: Marvin Heller, Annette Kakoschke, Kristina Kluthke, Adrian Russek, Amandine Schmitz, Katrin Sommer
  • Published: 20 December 2013
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

Glühwein is a traditional hot drink made from wine and spices
, which is enjoyed my many people at the Christmas markets in Europe.

This short video contains a demonstration of how glühwein can be set alight. Although the alcohol content in glühwein is not high enough for a sample of the drink to be set alight directly like, for example, brandy. However, by heating glühwein in a simplified distillation set-up you create alcohol vapor, which can be set alight. 

Detailed information on the experiment

The original idea of the video was by:

  • Dr. Adrian Russek, Neues Gymnasium Bochum, Germany
  • Annette Kakoschke, Ph.D. Student, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Professor Katrin Sommer, Didactics for Chemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

The video was made by:

  • Amandine Schmitz, Laboratory Apprentice, Ruhr-Universität Bochum,
  • Marvin Heller, Laboratory Apprentice, Ruhr-Universität Bochum,
  • Kristina Kluthke, Laboratory Assistant, Ruhr-Universität Bochum,

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