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Ethanol 200 Proof (100%) Non-Denatured Alcohol, ACS/USP/FCC Food Grade, Kosher

CAS 64-17-5 Molecular Formula C2H5OH Formula Weight 46.07 Synonyms 200 Proof Ethanol Food Grade, Food Grade Ethanol 200 Proof, 200 Proof Ethanol Pure, Ethyl Alcohol 200 Proof 100%, 200 Proof Ethyl Alcohol Absolute, 200 Proof Dehydrated Ethanol, 200 Proof Anhydrous Ethanol Grade ACS/USP...

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Ethanol 190 Proof (95%), Certified Organic/Vegan Corn Alcohol, FCC Food Grade

CAS 64-17-5 Molecular Formula C2H5OH Formula Weight 46.07 Percent Purity 95% UN Number 1170 Description Lab Alley’s Ethanol 190 Proof (95%) contains 92.5% contents of Ethanol in 7.5% contents of purified Water. It appears as a clear liquid and possesses a sweet/alcohol-like odo...

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Ethanol 190 Proof (95%) Certified Organic/Vegan Sugarcane Alcohol, FCC Food Grade

CAS 64-17-5 Molecular Formula C2H5OH Formula Weight 46.07 Percent Purity 95% Grade FCC Grade UN Number 1170 Description Organic Ethanol 190 Proof is made from sugarcane that has been grown in organic farms without using any pesticides or chemicals and processed in specific dist...

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Ethanol 190 Proof (95%) Non-Denatured Alcohol, ACS/USP/FCC Food Grade, Kosher

CAS 64-17-5, 7732-18-5 Molecular Formula C2H5OH Formula Weight Ethanol: 46.07 Water: 18.02 Synonyms 190 Proof Ethanol Food Grade, Food Grade Ethanol 190 Proof, 190 Proof Ethanol Pure, Ethyl Alcohol 190 Proof 95%, 190 Proof Ethyl Alcohol Absolute, 190 Proof Dehydrated Ethanol, 190 Proof A...

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Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) Non-Denatured, ACS/USP/FCC Food Grade, Kosher

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Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) Non-Denatured Alcohol, ACS/USP/FCC Food Grade, Kosher

CAS Number 64-17-5 Molecular Formula C2H6O Formula Weight 46.07 Synonyms 140 Proof Ethanol Food Grade, Food Grade Ethanol 140 Proof, 140 Proof Ethanol Pure, Ethyl Alcohol 140 Proof 100%, 140 Proof Ethyl Alcohol Absolute, 140 Proof Dehydrated Ethanol, 140 Proof Anhydrous Ethanol UN Numb...

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Ethanol 190 Proof (95%) Alcohol, USP Grade

Ethanol, 190 Proof Pure (95%), USP, Decon Labs Specifications: CAS Number 64-17-5,7732-18-5 (purified water) Synonym Ethyl Alcohol Chemical Name  Ethanol, 190 Proof (95%) Undenatured or Denatured    Chemical Grade Ethanol, 190 Proof (95%) Assay    Physical Form  Liquid  Molecular...

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Ethanol 190 Proof (95%) Non-Denatured Alcohol, ACS/USP/FCC Grade

Pure Ethanol 190 Proof is 95% pure (non-denatured) food grade ethanol by Decon Labs. Pure Ethanol 190 Proof is also known as Ethyl Alcohol 200 Proof (Pure). Pure Food Grade Ethanol 200 Proof can be used as in many application and uses. **Federal Tax is included in the price, except for products ...

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Ethanol 200 Proof (100%) Undenatured Alcohol

Pure Ethanol 200 Proof is 100% pure (undenatured) ethanol by Decon Labs. Pure Ethanol 200 Proof is also known as Ethyl Alcohol 200 Proof (Pure).  Federal Tax is included in the price. No federal permit required for purchase. Ethanol 200 Proof Pure (Also known as Ethyl Alcohol 200 Proof Pure) Unde...

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Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) Alcohol, USP Grade

CAS 64-17-5,7732-18-5 Molecular Formula C2H6O Formula Weight 46.069 UN Number 1170 Description Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) contains 70% contents of ethanol in 30% contents of purified wate...

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Ethanol 200 Proof (100%) Alcohol, USP Grade

CAS 64-17-5,7732-18-5 Molecular Formula C2H6O Formula Weight 46.069 UN Number 1170 Description Ethanol is a primary alcohol and also known as Ethyl Alcohol, Pure Alcohol, Absolute Alco...

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Ethanol 190 Proof (95%) Alcohol, USP Grade

Ethanol, 190 proof (95%), USP, Decon Labs Specifications: CAS Number 64-17-5,7732-18-5 (purified water) Synonym Ethyl Alcohol Chemical Name  Ethanol, 190 Proof (95%) Undenatured or Denatured  Undenatured Ethanol Chemical Grade Ethanol, 190 Proof (95%) Assay  95%  Physical Form  Liq...

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Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) Undenatured Alcohol

Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) Decon™ Labs | Undenatured | Formula C2H5OH | Buy Ethyl Alcohol For Solvent Extraction & Antiseptic Uses, Surface Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization | CAS Number 64-17-5 | Formula C2H5OH Buy Ethanol 140 Proof (70%) Decon™ Labs Brand | Non-Denatured Ethyl Alcohol...

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Buy Safe Food Grade Ethanol (C2H5OH) (100% Alcohol) Online Here Or By Phone: 512-668-9918

If you have questions about ordering food grade alcohol (ethanol) online here at or would like to place an order, call 512-668-9918 or email to talk with a Food Grade Alcohol Specialist.  Lab Alley also sells certified organic cane alcohol.

Food Grade Ethanol Is Safe If Used Properly

The Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the identity, purity, and quality of food ingredients. FCC standards are recognized around the world by regulatory agencies, food processors, and ingredient suppliers as the basis for defining "food grade" ingredients.

Because the chemical compound C2H5OHsold in bulk at, is a poison, this colorless, flammable and volatile, liquid, grain alcohol is only safe to drink when diluted and in extremely small volumes. Death from ethyl alcohol consumption can happen when the blood alcohol level reaches 0. 4%. A blood level of 0. 5% ethanol or more is frequently fatal. Levels of even less than 0. 1% ethanol can cause intoxication, with unconsciousness possible at 0. 3-0. 4 %. Because of typical prices (1 pint of food grade ethanol costs $30 at, drinking food grade ethanol can be fairly expensive. Additionally, drinking ethanol can be extremely dangerous, so this use is NOT recommended. Even though food grade ethanol purchased online at is very commonly used as a 100% concentration95% solution and 70% solution in the United States, it is certainly a dangerous chemical.

As a rule of thumb, the liver can process one ounce of ethanol per hour. If you drink more than one ounce of ethanol per hour, it can affect your heart rate, breathing, heart rate, gag reflex and body temperature. Drinking too much ethyl alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach paingastritis (stomach lining inflammation) and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. These symptoms can then lead to serious consequences such as  low blood pressure, dehydration, shock and even and coma

Because food grade alcohol ordered in 1 gallon bottles at kills microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses, it is used safely in the U.S. for personal care products such as astringents, botanical oils and extracts, and lotions. Food grade ethanol (alcohol), due to it's lack of additives, is considered a safe culinary solvent and is used in herbal oil extraction, manufacturing processes, cosmetic manufacturing, herbal tincture production and food processing, where no harmful contaminants or additives are permitted to be present in the products produced. American consumers are allowed to purchase food grade ethanol without a permit or license online at Businesses and manufacturers that use food grade ethanol typically purchase it in 4x1 gallon cases5 gallon pails and bulk 55 gallon drums at 

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Food Grade Ethanol Specifications And Chemical Properties

Food Chemicals Codex

The Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) is a collection of internationally recognized standards for the purity and identity of food ingredients. It features roughly 1,200 monographs, including food-grade chemicals, processing aids, foods (such as vegetable oils, fructose, whey, and amino acids), flavoring agents, vitamins, and functional food ingredients (such as lycopene, olestra, and short chain fructooligosaccharides). The FCC also contains ingredients, such as sucrose and essential oils, that are not frequently found in other food additive standards resources.

The FCC has been published since 1966. It provides essential criteria and analytical methods to authenticate and determine the quality of food ingredients. FCC standards are used as agreed standards between suppliers and manufacturers in ongoing purchasing and supply decisions and transactions. The United States Pharmacopoeial Convention acquired the FCC in 2006. The FCC is published every two years in print and online formats and is offered as a subscription that includes a main edition and intervening Supplements.

The FCC has two primary sections: monographs and appendices. Monographs are listed alphabetically and typically cover a single ingredient. Monographs, where applicable, provide information about each ingredient, such as:

There are also several "family" monographs, which cover substance groups. These include "Enzyme Preparations," "Food Starch," and "Spice Oleoresins." Additionally, specifications are included, consisting of a series of tests, procedures for the tests, and acceptance criteria. Monographs may also detail USP Reference Standards and/or other materials needed for test performance. The FCC's appendices contain step-by-step guidance for general physical and chemical tests, and apparatus use, as well as generally useful information, such as food ingredient good manufacturing practices.

About USDA Certified Organic Food Grade Alcohol

USDA Certified Organic Food Grade Alcohol is ethanol (ethyl alcohol) that is non-toxic and safe for human consumption because it is pure and does not contain denaturants. Denatured alcohol sold online by is not food grade.

Food grade alcohol and food grade ethanol can be labeled as organic if the produce (corn, sugar cane, wheat, grape) is certified to have grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

Food grade alcohol sold online at is used all across the United States because it is an important natural ingredient in safe products such as botanical oils, herbal tinctures, shampoo, perfume, household disinfectants, cosmetics, deodorant, biocides, industrial cleaning solutions, insecticides, fungicides and soaps.  Food grade ethyl alcohol ordered online at is used to sterilize and clean pharmaceutical industry equipment. Food Grade "Grain Alcohol" is used in laboratories, kitchens, workshops, breweries and in the beverage industry.


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Food Grade Ethanol (FCC) grade meets the requirements of the Food Chemical Codex. This grade of ethanol is suitable for all herbal and plant extraction processes, food, beverage and nutritional supplement applications. Consumers should aware of how liquid solvents are used to make botanical tinctures. 

Ethanol Information From Wikipedia

Ethanol (also called ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol, drinking alcohol, or simply alcohol) is a chemical compound, and a simple alcohol Ethanol is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid with a slight characteristic odor. It is a psychoactive substance and is the principal active ingredient found in alcoholic drinks. Ethanol is naturally produced by the fermentation of sugars by yeasts or via petrochemical processes, and is commonly consumed as a popular recreational drug. It also has medical applications as an antiseptic and disinfectant. The compound is widely used as a chemical solvent, either for scientific chemical testing or in synthesis of other organic compounds, and is a vital substance used across many different kinds of manufacturing industries. Ethanol is also used as an alternative fuel source. 

Information On Ethanol From PubChem

Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and distributed throughout the body. It has bactericidal activity and is used often as a topical disinfectant. It is widely used as a solvent and preservative in pharmaceutical preparations as well as serving as the primary ingredient in alcoholic beverages. Indeed, ethanol has widespread use as a solvent of substances intended for human contact or consumption, including scents, flavorings, colorings, and medicines. Ethanol has a depressive effect on the central nervous system and because of its psychoactive effects, it is considered a drug. Ethanol has a complex mode of action and affects multiple systems in the brain, most notably it acts as an agonist to the GABA receptors. Death from ethanol consumption is possible when blood alcohol level reaches 0. 4%. A blood level of 0. 5% or more is commonly fatal. Levels of even less than 0. 1% can cause intoxication, with unconsciousness often occurring at 0. 3-0. 4 %. Ethanol is metabolized by the body as an energy-providing carbohydrate nutrient, as it metabolizes into acetyl CoA, an intermediate common with glucose metabolism, that can be used for energy in the citric acid cycle or for biosynthesis. Ethanol within the human body is converted into acetaldehyde by alcohol dehydrogenase and then into acetic acid by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. The product of the first step of this breakdown, acetaldehyde, is more toxic than ethanol. Acetaldehyde is linked to most of the clinical effects of alcohol. It has been shown to increase the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver,  multiple forms of cancer, and alcoholism. Industrially, ethanol is produced both as a petrochemical, through the hydration of ethylene, and biologically, by fermenting sugars with yeast. Small amounts of ethanol are endogenously produced by gut microflora through anaerobic fermentation. However most ethanol detected in biofluids and tissues likely comes from consumption of alcoholic beverages. Absolute ethanol or anhydrous alcohol generally refers to purified ethanol, containing no more than one percent water. Absolute alcohol is not intended for human consumption. It often contains trace amounts of toxic benzene (used to remove water by azeotropic distillation). Consumption of this form of ethanol can be fatal over a short time period. Generally absolute or pure ethanol is used as a solvent for lab and industrial settings where water will disrupt a desired reaction. Pure ethanol is classed as 200 proof in the USA and Canada, equivalent to 175 degrees proof in the UK system. Ethanol is a general biomarker for the consumption of alcohol.

Food Grade Alcohol For Tinctures

Many tincture manufacturers in the United States use alcohol (ethanol/ ethyl alcohol) to make herbal tinctures. They dilute high-proof alcohol such as grain alcohol, 190 proof ethanol or 200 proof food grade alcohol to use in herbal tinctures. Tinctures sold in retail stores and online in the United States come in small bottles that normally include a long stem glass pipette used to measure out drops. Medicinal supplement manufacturers by "Tincture Grade Alcohol" from Lab Alley to make herbal oil supplements in a liquid form. Most of these nutritional or medicinal oils are derived from culinary herbs such as oregano. 

Healthy and safe tinctures produced in the USA using high proof ethyl alcohol may contain extracts form a single root, tree bark, culinary herb or medicinal plant.  Sometimes a combination of bioactive compounds are extracted from different plant species to manufacture nutraceuticals and adaptogenic tinctures. Extracts, botanical oil infusions and botanical macerations obtained from plants by using solvents such as "tincture grade alcohol" are blended with carrier oils (digestible oils and indigestible oils) such as coconut oil, fish oil and olive oil and then packaged in small amber glass bottles. People make tinctures at home for their own health benefits and personal wellness. Tinctures made with alcohol are also manufactured commercially in the USA for sale to consumers in retail health food stores, nutritional centers and vitamin shops. Liquid botanical extracts are becoming very popular in America. To learn more about purchasing alcohol for tinctures, click here.

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Learn About Tinctures On Wikipedia

A tincture is typically an extract of plant or animal material dissolved in ethanol (ethyl alcohol). Solvent concentrations of 25–60% are common, but may run as high as 90%. In chemistry, a tincture is a solution that has ethanol as its solvent. In herbal medicine, alcoholic tinctures are made with various ethanol concentrations, 20% being the most common.

Other solvents for producing tinctures include vinegar, glycerol (also called glycerin), diethyl ether and propylene glycol, not all of which can be used for internal consumption. Ethanol has the advantage of being an excellent solvent for both acidic and basic (alkaline) constituents. A tincture using glycerine is called a glycerite. Glycerine is generally a poorer solvent than ethanol. Vinegar, being acidic, is a better solvent for obtaining alkaloids but a poorer solvent for acidic components. For individuals who choose not to ingest alcohol, non-alcoholic extracts offer an alternative for preparations meant to be taken internally.

Learn About Extracts From Wikipedia

An extract is a substance made by extracting a part of a raw material, often by using a solvent such as ethanol or water. Extracts may be sold as tinctures, absolutes or in powder form.  The aromatic principles of many spices, nuts, herbs, fruits, etc., and some flowers, are marketed as extracts, among the best known of true extracts being almond, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, lemon, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, pistachio, rose, spearmint, vanilla, violet, rum, and wintergreen.

What Is A Plant Extract?

A plant extract is a substance or an active with desirable properties that is removed from the tissue of a plant, usually by treating it with a solvent, to be used for a particular purpose. Extracts may be used in various sectors of activities : Food and functional properties for foodstuffs (antioxidant, texturizer, etc…), Processing aids, additives – chemical replacers, pharmaceutical for therapeutic properties - preventive and/or curative – cosmetic for functional properties for beauty and well-being, etc..

Uses And Specification Of Food Grade Ethanol
Many of Lab Alley customers order food grade ethanol (200 proof) for use in food and beverage processing operations and botanical extraction facilities. It is used by K-12+ education centers in the USA that teach students the fundamentals of biotechnology, common laboratory techniques and essential research skills.

Food Grade Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) Specifications

If you are wondering which type of alcohol (ethanol) is food grade, the answer is straightforward. The chemical formula for this type of ethyl alcohol is C2H5OH. Food Grade Ethanol is a colorless liquid solvent that is about 99.5% pure and is not denatured with poisons. This commonly used chemical is frequently labeled by retailers such as Lab Alley as “200 Proof”, “Food Grade Industrial Alcohol”, "ACS Reagent Grade", “undenatured ethanol”, "grain alcohol", "drinking alcohol", "pure alcohol" or “organic ethanol”. Technically, food grade ethanol can not always be classified as organic ethanol. Food Grade Ethanol sold by Lab Alley meets USP testing specifications. A permit is not required to purchase food grade ethanol online from Lab Alley. Use the Lab Alley Grade Selector to determine which grade of ethanol is right for your use or application.

Food Grade Ethanol Is Safe
Qualified experts in the U.S. (FDA) have determined that food grade ethanol is a substance that is safe to use in food products, cosmetics, beauty products, herbal extractions, perfumes, culinary extracts, food additives, beverages, medicinal plant products and medicinal plant extracts. Food grade ethanol is safe to drink although we do not recommend this application. When undiluted, food grade ethanol has a strong taste and a burning aftertaste. Standard ethanol is used in alcoholic beverages, as an antiseptic and as a fuel, whereas food grade ethanol is not used in these applications because it is more expensive. Pure undenatured ethanol is normally used in medical applications and as a food and plant processing solvent. Food grade ethanol is used in manufacturing processes where no harmful contaminants can be present in the products produced. Because ethanol kills microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses, it is safely used in personal care products such as astringents and lotions. Food grade ethanol is manufactured using processes such as fermentation from all natural biomass products such as grains, sugar cane, sugar beet, corn, wheat and fruits.

Food Grade Ethanol Suppliers In The United States
The largest retailers and wholesalers of food grade ethanol ethanol in America include Lab Alley, Sigma-Aldrich, Fisher Scientific and Spectrum Chemical. Other “boutique” ethanol distributors sell ethanol for use as a culinary solvent. Science companies sell ethanol for industrial and laboratory use. Purchasing managers that source food grade ethanol often describe food grade ethanol as “pure”, “absolute”, "beverage grade alcohol" or “FCC grade ethanol”. You can order 100% alcohol and buy 200 proof alcohol (ethanol/ethyl alcohol) from Lab Alley.

Do Not Substitute Retail Brands Of Ethanol For Food Grade Ethanol
If you are looking for a food grade alcohol substitute, be careful what you buy.
Most of the food grade ethanol purchased in the United States in not purchased at Walmart or at a pharmacy. Retail stores and drugs stores in the U.S. are not suppliers of food grade ethanol. Food grade ethanol is completely different than Everclear, a brand of grain alcohol produced in the USA by Luxco.  The type of ethanol used for fireplace fuel is also completely different than food grade ethanol. Do not buy 190 proof alcohol at a liquor store or wine store if you need food grade ethanol for you specific application. Many states in the U.S. ban the retail sale of 190-proof grain alcohol. These states require a permit to purchase it for commercial or medicinal use.  The bulk of "200 proof ethanol food grade" purchased in America is ordered online from lab and chemical supply companies such as Lab Alley. The food grade alcohol market is expanding rapidly. You can buy ethanol for sale online in the U.S. from Lab Alley. Buy bulk (wholesale) ethanol, denatured ethanol and 200 proof ethanol from Lab Alley.

The Price Of Food Grade Ethanol
Factors, such as the quantity purchased, effect the price of food grade ethanol. If food grade ethanol is purchased in bulk from a wholesaler such as Lab Alley, the price for a 55 gallon drum with the U.S. federal excise tax included can be as low as $1,700. Prices by unit volume are more expensive when small amounts of food grade ethanol are bought. 

F.C.C. Grade Ethanol (Food Grade Ethanol) For Sale
The “FCC” acronym is an abbreviation for “Food Chemical Codex”. The FCC is a collection of standards used to verify the identity, quality and purity of the food ingredients. “FCC grade alcohol” or “Food Grade” ethanol is a natural product used in the food and beverage manufacturing and processing industries to extract essential oils, aromas and flavors from plant materials. For example, premium food grade ethanol purchased from Lab Alley, is used to manufacture vanilla extract by curing and processing vanilla beans in a mixture of water and ethanol.

ACS Reagent Grade Ethanol
This type of ethanol possesses a higher purity than laboratory and technical grade ethanol. It conforms to specifications defined by the Committee on Analytical Reagents of the American Chemical Society.

Who Buys Food Grade Ethanol From Lab Alley
Food grade ethanol is used to make nutritional supplements, neutraceuticals, cleaning products, herbal tinctures, dietary supplements, clean-label botanical extractsfood flavoring ingredients, alcoholic beverages and plant extracts. Food manufacturing companies, distilleries, firms in the herbal extract market that make tinctures, medicinal plant extraction operations, extraction companies, universities, life science and biotech research laboratories and beverage manufacturers purchase food grade ethanol in large quantities. Laboratory technicians even use ethanol to makes sprays to sterilize their equipment.

Buying Food Grade Ethanol In California
A large percentage of the businesses and organizations that purchase food grade ethanol from Lab Alley are located in California where there are large plant extraction and processing facilities. These facilities make concentrate products, high terpene full spectrum extracts and distillates which are sold to medicinal and adult-use licensed dispensaries.  Some medicinal plant extraction and botanical extract processing facilities avoid paying excise taxes by ordering extraction grade ethanol which has been denatured but is still safe for for a variety of extraction methods and techniques.  Extraction techniques are used to separate the components of plants and herbs and remove them from the plant matrix.

Permits Are Not Required To Purchase Food Grade Ethanol
Lab Alley customers are NOT required to apply and obtain a valid Federal Industrial Alcohol User permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Buy Extraction Grade Ethanol For Botanical, Plant, Oil And Herbal Extraction
Many of Lab Alley customers buy extraction grade ethanol for use in large scale botanical and plant extraction facilities in the United States.  Extraction facilities often buy food grade ethanol in bulk by purchasing 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums online through this website. Permits are not required to buy the food grade ethanol that is for sale here. This polar solvent is used to produce high quality extracts along with high terpene yields. Terpenes are chemicals constituents of the essential oils from medicinal plants. These aromatic molecules are incredible medicinal value.  For mid-scale extraction operations, ethanol extraction is often preferred to hydrocarbon extraction methods. Ethanol purchased from Lab Alley is excellent for producing full spectrum tinctures and extracts. Full-spectrum extracts are produced using solvent-based methodologies like ethanol or techniques such as lipid solvent extraction, hydrocarbon extraction and supercritical CO2.  Using ethanol is one of the most economical ways to produce botanical extracts such as flavonoids. Supercritical CO2 is a more expensive but cleaner option.  

How To Buy Excise Tax Free Ethanol For Medicinal Plant Extraction
A breakthrough alternative that avoids excise tax has been developed in Colorado. It is a solution comprised of 95% ethanol and 4.5% n-heptane – an equally effective solvent that is legally sanctioned in Colorado - after which many states have since modeled their legal structure.

Because n-heptane is unsafe for human consumption, this solution addresses two big problems:

  • An ethanol and n-heptane solution cannot be safety consumed by a human being, and therefore is not subject to the federal excise taxes that are notoriously high. This legal distinction can take the purchase of a 55 gallon drum of ethanol, totaling over $2000, and lower costs by over $1400 per drum.
  • N-heptane has a similar solubility parameter to ethanol, and only a slightly higher boiling point than ethanol (ethanol’s boiling point is 78.37C, where n-heptane’s is 98.42C), making it an easy addition to the extraction process requiring very few adjustments.

Companies using extraction grade ethanol report only slight changes to their extraction methods and processes. Regardless, it is crucial to put products produced with unfamiliar procedures through vigorous analytical testing to ensure the product remains safe for market consumption. While pure n-heptane is a legal solvent under many state laws, it is not a food grade chemical, meaning it must be completely purged from final products, and of course, cannot be used in tinctures for edible manufacturing.