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How to buy food grade ethanol in Maine

How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Maine

Updated: December 2020 by Josh Hopkins
Buying food grade ethanol in Maine is allowed under Maine's laws without additional permit or license.  Follow these steps to buy food grade ethanol, shipped direct via FedEx Ground to business or residential addresses throughout the state of Maine.

Steps to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Maine

  1. Read and understand Maine Rules and Exemptions for food grade ethanol
  2. Visit the online store at to browse our selection of pure food grade ethanol available for immediate fulfillment. Orders ship in 1-2 days.
  3. Enter your payment information at checkout and confirm your shipping address.  Tracking information is provided for real-time status updates of your order.
  4. Plan to receive your delivery.  Orders in Maine ship requiring an adult signature at the time of delivery.  If you won't be home, you can have your order held at a nearby FedEx location for convenient pickup on your schedule.  Find out more about having your order held at a nearby FedEx location.

How does Culinary Solvent ship to Maine? 

Orders are shipped using new, sustainably sourced materials.  Orders arrive in craft cardboard boxes for discrete and reliable transportation per DOT regulations for transporting ethanol.  Unless specified below, all orders ship via FedEx Ground. 
  • Quarts and Gallons:  FedEx Ground (ORM-D) 
  • Individual 5 Gallon Jugs: FedEx Ground + Hazmat.  What is HazMat?
  • Bulk in 5 gallon jugs and 55 gallon drums: Freight on a pallet.  Lift gate service available to lower pallet to ground for residential or commercial deliveries without a commercial dock available. 

When will my order to Maine ship?

Orders placed by 9am EST Monday - Friday ship the same day.  Orders placed on Friday after 9am will ship the following Monday.  If Monday is a holiday, orders will process on the next available open business day.

Can I pay extra for faster shipping?

At this time, expedited shipping options are not available for food grade ethanol.  To ensure the safe transport of ethanol, the Department of Transportation mandates that only ground carriers may be used.  This restriction on shipping food grade alcohol via air service unfortunately limits the transport time to certain locations in the US.  

How Long Does It Take to Ship Ethanol to Maine?

Transit time via FedEx Ground from our distillery in Maine to your address takes 1 business day.  Depending on where you live, Saturday and Sunday's are sometimes counted as business days...  You will receive tracking updates directly from FedEx, including an update the day before expected delivery.

Are there any Maine Permits Required to buy in Maine?

There are no permits or licenses required to buy and ship food grade ethanol to Maine.  Maine laws permit 190 proof and 200 proof nondenatured ethanol as "Industrial alcohol", and thereby approved for use in extractions and processing operations. 


Where Can I learn More About Buying Food Grade Ethanol?

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