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How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in California

How to buy food grade ethanol in California - Culinary Solvent
Updated: December 2020 by Josh Hopkins
Buying food grade ethanol in California is allowed under California'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 California.

Steps to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in California

  1. Read and understand California Rules and Exemptions for food grade ethanol
  2. Visit the online store at CulinarySolvent.com 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 to California ship requiring an adult signature at the time of delivery. If you won't be home at time of delivery to prove your age, you may complete and send us a Signature Release Form before your order ships.

How does Culinary Solvent ship to California? 

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 to Commercial or Residential Destination. Packaged using sustainable materials. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.
  • Individual 5 Gallon Jugs: FedEx Ground to Commercial or Residential Destination. Packaged using sustainable materials. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.
  • Bulk in 5 gallon jugs and 55 gallon drums: FedEx Freight to Commercial or Residential Destination with Curbside Drop Off. Palletized. Lowered to ground level at delivery. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.

When will my order to California 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 California?

Transit time via FedEx Ground from our distillery in Maine to California takes approximately 5 business days.  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 California Permits Required to buy in California?

There are no permits or licenses required to buy and ship food grade ethanol to California.  California laws specially declare 190 proof and 200 proof nondenatured ethanol as a "nonvolatile solvent", and thereby approved for use in extractions and processing operations. 


Where Can I learn More About Buying Food Grade Ethanol?

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