About Food Grade Ethanol
What is Food Grade Alcohol?
Answer: "Food grade alcohol" means ethyl alcohol that is safe for human consumption because of it's purity (ie lack of additives). Period. Food grade alcohol goes by many names in the industry, including "food grade ethanol", "nondenatured alcohol", "grain alcohol", or "190 proof grain", and "food grade EtOH", "Anhydrous Ethanol". Denatured alcohol is not food grade alcohol.
Fun fact: The word "ethanol" was picked in 1892 as a combination of the chemistry term "ethane" (for the carbon chain) and "ol" (for being in the alcohol group).
What is food grade alcohol used for?
Food grade alcohol is useful for so many applications. Most notable applications include:
- Hemp and Cannabis Extraction.
- Botanical Tinctures and Topicals.
- Flavor Extracts (Vanilla, Citrus, Root, Botanical).
- Mushroom Tinctures, Chaga dicoctions.
- French polishing for lutherie crafters. Ideal nontoxic shellac thinner for spirit varnish and pristine evaporative finishes for fine guitars, violins, mandolins and string instruments.
- Craft Vinegar.
- DIY Perfumery, Cosmetics, and Topicals.
- Aromatherapy and Reed Diffusers
- All Natural Flavor Extracts, individual or layered for one of a kind culinary creations.
- The Ultimate Camper/Boater's Multi-Purpose Must-Have Item: Useful as an antiseptic, disinfectant, stove fuel.
- Create All Natural Food Colorings using real natural ingredients
- Nontoxic personal care items including mouthwash, deodorant, soaps, lotions, salves.
- Cake Decorating, Baking, Candy Making
- Organic cleaning & sanitizing surfaces
- Nontoxic alcohol fuel for camp stoves and boat stoves.
- CDC recommended for killing germs and viruses.
- View our Disinfectant Spray Recipe page.
- View our homemade hand sanitizer recipe page
- The safe, non-toxic alternative to denatured alcohols for Jeweler's, crafters, hobbyists, and professionals.
- Safe for use in kitchens, food service environments, nurseries, kennels, bathrooms, workshops, and laboratories.
Culinary Solvent is Food Safe and Human Safe
Used for thousands of years, the long term and short term health effects of small doses of nondenatured ethanol on the human body are known and understood. Culinary Solvent contains no additives, and the products made using it are safe for human consumption or topical application.
The Catch: Because there are no additives in Culinary Solvent, there is an additional cost included in the price posted on our store. This cost is known as the Federal Excise Tax (FET), a required tax nation wide for ethanol that is nondenatured. Even though the FET is paid on the ethanol, using Culinary Solvent as a beverage product is still prohibited by state and federal regulations.
Is Culinary Solvent the Same thing as Everclear?
Why use food grade alcohol over denatured alcohol?
It's about the people.
"Who" & "Where" your food grade ethanol comes from matters. We are the Northern Maine Distilling Company. Read more about the family owned operation that distills Culinary Solvent in Northern Maine.
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You will also see common terms added before or after the word alcohol. These words may include:
- Anhydrous Alcohol: Anhydrous means "no water", and is the term used to describe 100% ethyl alcohol.
- Absolute Alcohol: The term "Absolute" in the chemistry world refers to alcohol that contains no more than 1% water.
- Nondenatured Alcohol / Undenatured Alcohol: Nondenatured means "no additives". Only nondenatured ethanol is food safe ethanol. Read more: About Denatured vs Nondenatured Ethanol
The terms "Ethanol", "Ethyl Alcohol", and "Grain Alcohol" are commonly used interchangeably, and do mean the same thing: food safe alcohol.
We use the term "Food Grade" to distinguish our pure ethanol from the confusion and distraction.