[Homeroast] Distilled H2O

John Nanci john at chocolatealchemy.com
Thu Jun 6 07:41:11 CDT 2013

I too am aware of this, but the catch here is 
that basically any household cookware, no matter 
how clean or new, will have sufficient surface 
imperfections to allow the purest water to 
boil.  In the lab, it's nearly all perfectly 
smooth glass.  But as someone else pointed out, a 
ceramic cup in the microwave, even will tap water, can superheat and 'explode'.


At 09:02 PM 6/5/2013, you wrote:

>On Jun 5, 2013, at 9:06 AM, Raybob Bowman <raybob at tube-tone.com> wrote:
> > On 6/4/2013 7:18 PM, homeroast-request at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com wrote:
> >> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Distilled H2O
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> >> Any of us lab rats will tell you that boiling pure distilled water is
> >> dangerous as it can "bump" or "explode" for lack of particulate surface
> >> around which to form vapor bubbles.  Be very careful.  In a metal boiler
> >> chamber there should be sufficient surfaces to prevent that, but you
> >> never know.
> > Dude, I've been boiling distilled water 
> usually twice a day for well over 20 years 
> now.  I've never heard of such a thing.  

> > Raybob
> >
>When I was studying chemistry back in college 
>(many years ago) I was taught the same thing. 
>For water to boil there must be something for the bubbles to form on.
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