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What are the main uses of Alchemical Solution's un-denatured alcohol?

High quality organic alcohol from Alchemical Solution can be used in the production of herbal tinctures, homeopathic medicines, Bach flower remedies, cosmetics, aromatherapy oils, herbal spirits, and more.

Why is alcohol the best solvent to use in herbal extracts?

There are three main reasons: Alcohol is the best food grade, or edible, solvent for extracting a number of naturally occurring herb constituents that are poorly soluble in water. These constituents include: resins, essential oils, balsams, and many alkaloids. Alcohol acts as a preservative, maintaining the shelf life of an extract for several years. Alcohol facilitates quick absorption of the herbal components into the bloodstream. Organic alcohol from Alchemical Solutionis thus a perfect solvent for all herbal tincture makers.

How much alcohol is used in liquid extracts?

The alcohol in extracts can vary from 20% to 90%. The alcohol content for each herb is determined on an individual basis to maximize extraction of its constituents. Quality extracts of many herbs can only be made with higher levels of alcohol. Herbs with more water soluble constituents are extracted in lower percentages of alcohol.

How much alcohol is in a dose of herbal extract?

Even when an extract itself contains a high percentage of alcohol the dosage of the extract is low. If you mix 30 drops of Echinacea in 2 ounces of water, the resulting alcohol content is 0.59%. This is equivalent to consuming 1/65th of a bottle of beer or 1/85th of a glass of wine.

What are Neutral Spirits?

Alcohol distilled at or above 190 proof, exhibiting odorless, tasteless, and colorless characteristics.

What is organic alcohol?

Organic alcohol is made from organically grown corn or grape. All phases of the production process, including fermentation, distillation, packaging, and shipping are done under strict organic guidelines.

Does we use certified organically grown corn, grape, wheat, or cane plants for making alcohol, and what does that mean?

Yes, the corn, grape, wheat, and cane (each plant specific to each source of alcohol) used to make alcohol are certified organically grown. This means that the farms and wineries we buy from are confirmed to be following organic cultivation standards set by an independent, third-party organization.

What is sustainable organic alcohol?

In addition to being organically certified, a sustainable alcohol product is produced in accordance with the values of sustainable development. Some of the elements of sustainable development are: certified organic farming methods, small scale production facilities, decentralized or localized economics, closed-loop production facilities, use of alternative energy, etc. At Alchemical Solutions we strive to make our alcohol production and business methods as sustainable as possible.

What is pure USP alcohol?

Pure Alcohol (Ethanol) is commonly referred to as USP (United States Pharmacopeia) alcohol. Not all pure alcohol meets USP standards; only 190 and higher proof alcohol which meets or exceeds the stringent specifications of purity by the USP can be classified as such.

What is 80, 190, 192, or 200 proof alcohol?

All ethanol products have a proof associated with the product description. The proof is a measure of the water content of the ethanol portion of the product, and any level of proof can be manufactured based upon the amount of water added. The proof is calculated as two times (2 x) the actual ethanol concentration by volume. The most common pharmaceutical grade ethanol products are 190 proof and 200 proof. The third most common proof is 192. Vodka, on the other hand, is generally 80 proof.

What is the difference between alcohol proof and alcohol percentage?

Each degree of alcohol proof is equal to 0.5 % alcohol by volume. As an example, 100 proof is the same as 50% alcohol by volume.

What is proof gallon and wine gallon?

A proof gallon and a wine gallon are terms used to describe the same thing. A proof and wine gallon refers to one gallon of one 100 proof alcohol (or 50% by volume). The Federal Government taxes alcohol by the "proof gallon." Hence, the proof becomes significant in taxable situations. For example, 200 proof, pure Ethanol has two (2) "proof gallons" per every one (1) gallon of alcohol. The actual physical quantity of one (1) gallon is then referred to as a "wine gallon." 190 proof Ethanol, on the other hand, has 1.9 proof gallon per wine gallon of Ethanol.

What is taxable and what is non-taxable alcohol?

Pure alcohol is considered taxable alcohol. The Federal Government requires an excise tax of $13.50/ proof gallon (200 proof, pure alcohol =$27.00/wine gallon). A tax exempt certificate is required to be on file with Alchemical Solutions for us not to charge the Federal excise tax on pure alcohol. Eligibility for exemption is determined by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). Alchemical Solutions does not make any profit from collecting the tax, nor do we receive a portion of the tax. All denatured Ethanol products do not require the payment of a federal excise tax.

What is denatured alcohol?

Unlike pure alcohol, denatured alcohol has toxic additives which make it unfit for human consumption.

What is kosher alcohol?

It is alcohol that has been manufactured and packaged under the supervision and guidelines of a duly recognized rabbinical authority. To receive USP-Kosher alcohol from Alchemical Solutions, the product must be specifically requested at the time of ordering.