200 proof ethyl or 190 proof cane? For Tincture

@blackthumbbetty @Covertgrower

First time that I made a tincture I used 190 proof Everclear. Where I am now I do not have access to anything 190 proof. I can however order via the interweb 200 proof USP Food Grade Ethyl Alcohol or 190 proof Food Grade Cane Alcohol.

Being new to all this my question is, is there a benefit to one vs the other? The Ethyl is cheaper by $20 a gallon, if that factors into the equation.

Thank you!

It makes me leery to see ‘200 proof’ as alcohol is hydroscopic and attracts water in high concentratipons: it’s very hard to get to 200 proof. (Retired distiller so I should have some clue)

Would the manufacturer matter? It’s the Extractohol brand. Does it make sense that it’s cheaper even though it’s a higher proof?

Thank you for replying!

200 proof food grade alcohol is absolutely the best thing to use. If you can get it, definitely use it.

Yes, but it does exist.

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First off I think you are fine above 150 proof for extractions. I use 190 proof GNS (grain neutral spirits) but the moment you open the container the proof goes down at 190 and above due to moisture absorption.

I wouldn’t think either would be a problem: I just have a problem with the ‘200 proof’ part lol.

I’ve used lab grade ethanol in Aerospace and it is indeed 200 proof. But to get there requires extra steps once distilled: one would think it would make it more pricey…

@blackthumbbetty @Myfriendis410

Thank you very much!