20. The Variety of Organic         Compounds   Previous PageNext Page

The Egyptians were great brewers and wine makers.

The Sumerians in Mesopotamia 4000 years ago left records of eight different types of beer from barley, eight from wheat, and three from mixed grains - more variety than this country can muster today.

Brewing ranks with tanning and dyeing among the oldest branches of the chemical arts. Methyl alcohol, or methanol, is known as "wood alcohol" because it can be prepared by heating wood in the absence of air.

A more practical commercial synthesis is

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