What is the difference between?
Did you know? Not all commercial products labeled as “Ethanol” contain only pure ethanol! Introducing the semi-complicated world of denatured and nondenatured ethanol, read more to learn what these terms mean, and how to spot other brands that sneak in chemicals in the name of "tax savings".
Get to know these important industry terms:
“Nondenatured” means “No Additives”
- Only nondenatured ethanol is PURE ethanol.
- "Undenatured ethanol" is synonymous with Nondenatured.
- Nondenatured ethanol is food safe, and safe for human consumption as a tincture, extract, or concentrate.
- Additives eligible as denaturants are picked based on their human toxicity
- All denatured ethanol is poisonous and unfit for human consumption.
- Licenses, permits, fees and some taxes still apply in many cases.
- Water and ethanol in solution at 95.63% ABV (191.26 proof) form an azeotrope or “constant boiling point mixture”. This means normal distillation cannot remove the last bits of water. Another process must be applied to eliminate the water.
- Some manufacturers dehydrate the remaining 5% with harmful chemicals like methanol or benzene. These chemicals are toxic and must be fully removed to ensure food safety compliance.
- The safest way to dehydrate ethanol uses a device called a molecular sieve. Engineered from ceramics, molecular sieves literally trap the water molecule from the solution, resulting in a dehydrated 100% ethanol leaving the sieve.
Always ask these 3 questions of about your ethanol:
- Where was this ethanol distilled?
- Is this ethanol “Non-Denatured” or “Denatured”?
- How was the last 5% water dehydrated out of the ethanol?