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190-Proof Everclear is 95% ethanol and 5% water. It is one of the highest concentrations commercially available due to distillation limits.

Ethanol, also ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol, (C2H6O) is the type of alcohol present in alcoholic beverages, such as beer, cider, wine, mead, and spirits. It is made from the fermentation of sugars by yeast in an oxygen-free environment. Ethanol is also used as a solvent and can be oxidized to make acetic acid in vinegar.

It is a disinfectant and can be applied topically as a deodorant.

Making ethanol

Beer, cider, wine, mead, and spirit recipes create beverages that contain ethanol. However, the recipe below is focused on making concentrated ethanol.

  1. Convert table sugar into ethanol by creating a tomato paste wash
    • Sugar washes are also effective, but create a high stress environment for the yeast
  2. Distill the wash to concentrate the ethanol
    • Distillation of alcohol may require a government license in some jurisdictions