Where to Buy Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) For Extract Making
Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol)
Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol, is a clear, colorless liquid and the principal ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine or brandy. Because it can readily dissolve in water and other organic compounds, ethanol also is an ingredient in a range of products, from personal care and beauty products to paints and varnishes to fuel.*
The FDA requires a minimum of 35% Ethyl Alcohol/70 Proof when making vanilla extract professionally. This includes any 70 Proof or more Vodka, Rum & Brandy as well as ethyl alcohol.
Where To Find Ethyl Alcohol For Making Vanilla Extract
Ethyl Alcohol Dilution Formula*
If diluting a high-proof alcohol (95%) to 40%, the formula would look like:
% Spirits needed = (40 ÷ 95) ⋇ 100 = 42.1% alcohol, and the remaining 57.9% would be water.
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FDA Requirements For Making Vanilla Extract
FDA regulations require 13.35 ounces of extract grade vanilla beans of 25% humidity or less to an extraction medium of no less than 70 Proof alcohol. These links give you the exact wording and requirements for making a product which can legally be called vanilla extract.
Concentrated Vanilla Extract