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Originally posted by theRiverGoddess
OK so its not disgusting and gross whale puke afterall.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Actually it is used for perfume.
But yes this shouldn't be in BB&Q.
Ambergris is found in lumps of various shapes and sizes, weighing from ½ oz (14 g) to 100 or more pounds (45.36 or more kg). When initially expelled by or removed from the whale, the fatty precursor of ambergris is pale white in color (sometimes streaked with black), soft in consistency, with a strong fecal smell. Following months to years of photo-degradation and oxidation in the ocean, this precursor gradually hardens, developing a dark gray or black color, a crusty and waxy texture, and a peculiar odor that is at once sweet, earthy, marine, and animalic. Its smell has been described by many as a vastly richer and smoother version of isopropanol without its stinging harshness.
In this developed condition, ambergris has a specific gravity ranging from 0.780 to 0.926. It melts at about 62 °C to a fatty, yellow resinous liquid; and at 100 °C it is volatilized into a white vapor. It is soluble in ether, and in volatile and fixed oils. Ambergris is relatively nonreactive to acid. White crystals of a substance called ambrein, which closely resembles cholesterol, can be separated from ambergris by heating raw ambergris in alcohol then allowing the resulting solution to cool.
Originally posted by jbondo
If anyone here were able to smell it in its aromatic state you would be surprised at how much you enjoy the odor. Not the same smell but not unlike smelling the exhaust of leaded gasoline. (A reference for those of us that remember leaded gas and how we couldn’t resist standing behind our father’s car smelling those strange, delightful and brain damaging fumes.
Ahhh, those were the days! Eating paint chips and breathing asbestos…Good times….
Originally posted by gottago
Thanks, I literally LOLed!