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