Carbon dosing: Can I substitute gin for vodka?

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I don't have any Vodka or vinegar around, but I have some gin (or single-malt whiskey which I don't think the bacteria would fully appreciate the taste of). Can I dose one of those? I'm not looking to carbon-dose long-term, just kickstart some bacteria cultures I have going and remove some nitrates before I toss in my first batch of fish.

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The carbon source in vodka is ethanol. If the proof (essentially, the concentration of ethanol) is similar between your gin on hand and that of typical vodka (~ 80 proof or 40% by volume), then dose just the same as you would with vodka. If the gin's proof is significantly higher or lower, then just adjust accordingly
 
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