Moonshine monitor

A portable device that can quickly and easily determine the strength of alcoholic drinks is just as accurate as widely used lab-based methods, according to Dirk Lachenmeier and colleagues at the testing agency Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt in Karlsruhe, Germany. The flow-through infrared device avoids time-consuming sample preparation steps but is more effective than densimetry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The device could be useful in law enforcement and in industry fraud.