Characteristics of Ethyl Alcohol/ Ethanol
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 somewhat sweet when diluted. However, when undiluted or concentrated, it has a very strong taste and leaves a burning aftertaste.
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.
Alcohol in the Medical Field
Alcohol is commonly used in the medical field as an antiseptic and as a disinfectant. Medical wipes and antibacterial hand sanitizers have alcohol to help prevent the spreading of bacteria in hospitals and related facilities. Alcohol is also used to sterilize the skin before injections. Hospitals and medical clinics use alcohol to sterilize various medical equipment before and after use. Ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol can be used for this purpose.
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. It is not suggested to use as a solvent for extracts. Isopropyl alcohol can leave behind unwanted contaminates in your extracts.
Ethyl Alcohol as a Solvent
Ethyl Alcohol can be safely used as a 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.
Ethyl Alcohol is often used as a final wash when making BHO and CO2 extractions.
Whether you are a novice, or an extraction artist, using Extractohol can help you create the highest quality of oils and concentrates!