Ethanol is commonly known as ethyl alcohol, but it also goes by the names pure alcohol, grain alcohol, and drinking alcohol. It can be described as a colorless liquid which can be soluble in water. It also has a slight odor and is somewhat sweet when diluted. However, when undiluted or concentrated, it has a very strong taste and leaves a burning after taste.
Ethyl Alcohol is the alcohol found in alcoholic drinks such as beer, brandy, or whiskey. It is made from the fermentation or chemical breakdown of sugars by yeasts. It is made from plants and grains such as corn, wheat, barley. Ethanol can be produced by milling the grains and then fermenting them with yeast. During the fermentation process, the starches of the grains are turned into alcohol. Then, there is also a distillation process.
When using alcohol as a disinfectant or sanitizer, you’re probably using isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol comes from propane, which usually comes from fossil fuels like petroleum and coal. Isopropyl alcohol is denatured, which means that a toxic substance has been added to prevent consumption. Isopropyl Alcohol can leave behind unwanted contaminants in extracts. Isopropyl Alcohol is not suggested to use as a solvent for extracts.
Ethyl Alcohol can be safely used as solvent for different products such as culinary extracts, essential oils, tinctures and concentrates. Using Food Grade Ethyl Alcohol will minimize the impurities that can contaminate your extracts and tinctures. It also leaves little to no residual.
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