What are Erlenmeyer Flasks Used For? Lab Glass Tasks!
What is an Erlenmeyer Flask?
Erlenmeyer flasks, also known as conical flasks, are among the most recognized types of lab glassware and are routinely associated with science themed TV shows and movies. Its conical shape and narrow neck are its distinguishing features. The rimmed mouth acts as a lip for easy pouring and long neck allows for airtight storage when used with a stopper. These features make them useful both in the lab and as novel kitchenware.
Erlenmeyer Flask Use & Function
The key benefit to using a cork or rubber stoppered Erlenmeyer flask is the reduction or elimination of evaporation of stored liquids or contamination by airborne bacterial, fungal and chemical contaminants. For this reason, they are popular with chemists & biologists for storing chemicals or preparing algal or microbial cultures.
This advantage extends beyond the realm of science labs to home or work. The wide range of Erlenmeyer flask sizes enhances their versatility. From the very small 50ml for holding truffle oil, 250ml for salad dressings, 500ml for coffee cream and 1000ml (1L or roughly 1 quart) for juice or milk. All can poured spill free and autoclaved if necessary for long term storage.
Erlenmeyer flasks are convenient storage vessels for all manner of liquids. Use stoppers, cellophane or aluminum foil to keep oils, juices, algal cultures or brewing beer free of contaminants.
Cork vs Rubber Stoppers
A common question is which is better, cork or rubber? Rubber will provide a better seal but cork has better aesthetic appeal, especially when used with consumables such as juices. Either are effective so it really comes down to personal choice.
You can also use cellophane which is effective at keeping out contaminants but perhaps not as convenient. Aluminum foil is very useful if you want to sterilize the container in an autoclave (pressure cooker).
Erlenmeyer flask cork bundles available for 50, 150, 250, 500 & 1000 ml sizes.
The great utility of Erlenmeyer flasks make them popular as promotional items by science equipment and chemical suppliers as well as beverage makers. Some examples are shown below, all with a single color logo. Multi-color is possible but is very expensive and is usually done only on larger sized flasks which also have room for more text.
Some single color logos done on a variety of sizes. The logo width is limited by the curvature of the flask. There is more room for taller logos.
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