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(The New York Times)   "It's Made in a Distillery, but You Won't Smell Any Gin in this Hand Sanitizer." Soooooo, win-win?   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-06-01 4:23:15 PM  
I would prefer if hand sanitizer actually smelled like whiskey.

"No, babe, I haven't been drinking, I'm just sanitizing my hands really well. Coronavirus, you know."
 
2020-06-01 6:12:14 PM  
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2020-06-01 6:37:17 PM  
Couple local distilleries did the same thing. We bought a couple bottles while buying some vodka and moonshine
 
2020-06-01 6:39:19 PM  

rikkards: Couple local distilleries did the same thing. We bought a couple bottles while buying some vodka and moonshine


Kind of redundant.  Which was cheaper?
 
2020-06-01 6:45:01 PM  

SansNeural: rikkards: Couple local distilleries did the same thing. We bought a couple bottles while buying some vodka and moonshine

Kind of redundant.  Which was cheaper?


Lol the distillery was not making any profit on sanitizer. Every cent was going back into scaling up manufacturing and they were donating to local hospitals.
 
2020-06-01 6:48:00 PM  

rikkards: SansNeural: rikkards: Couple local distilleries did the same thing. We bought a couple bottles while buying some vodka and moonshine

Kind of redundant.  Which was cheaper?

Lol the distillery was not making any profit on sanitizer. Every cent was going back into scaling up manufacturing and they were donating to local hospitals.


You're soaking in it!

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2020-06-01 6:52:11 PM  
A local distiller was interviewed on the radio. He said they don't make the alcohol for the hand sanitizer - small-batch artisanal hipster hootch is expensive. They buy alcohol in bulk from the big suppliers.

The reason small distilleries jumped in is because they know how to handle and package flammable fluids, and they have the permits.

It was interesting to hear how diverse his customer base is. Because of the shortage, everyone started calling distilleries, so he has shipped to places as big as Amazon and the US Army.

Nationwide Shortage Of Hand Sanitizer Led To Unlikely Customers For Milwaukee Distillery
 
2020-06-01 7:15:01 PM  
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Always drink gin with a mark, kid.  They can't tell if you've cut it.
 
2020-06-01 7:56:04 PM  
"He'd put the herbs and fruit to one side, and was instead standing on a stepladder, pouring glycerin and ether into a silver vat. The former makes the alcohol kinder to the touch, the latter makes it undrinkable. "

Meh, it's probably easier to fractionally distill something with a boiling point of 36°C out of something with a boiling point of 78°C than if it were denatured with something like isopropyl alcohol

Like heat it to 40°C and let stand a few hours

/denaturing with  methanol and pyridine is probably not something you want on your skin.
//given that diethyl ether has been used recreationally, I'm not sure that they have not merely introduced a problem of coming up with the right cocktail recipe.
///for a country that sells hard cider in 2 liter bottles, not sure why one would stoop to drinking hand sanitizer anyway
 
2020-06-01 8:31:56 PM  
SansNeural:  Kind of redundant.  Which was cheaper?

Prices range from $40-$75 per gallon for 80% (with added glycerin and hydrogen peroxide)

Slightly cheaper than Everclear 151, and smells less repulsive.
 
2020-06-01 8:40:09 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: ///for a country that sells hard cider in 2 liter bottles, not sure why one would stoop to drinking hand sanitizer anyway


Yeah, poor recollection.  It was 3 liters, but apparently they have wimped out to 2.5 now

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2020-06-01 8:43:09 PM  
I just assumed every distillery was doing this by now. And like as poster up thread said, it's more about handling and packaging, and having the tools to ensure the final product has the right level of alcohol, which is where homemade products can be problematic.
 
2020-06-01 9:31:01 PM  
Doesn't gin normally smell like hand sanitizer?
 
2020-06-01 10:15:20 PM  

Mouser: Doesn't gin normally smell like hand sanitizer?


Gin has a distinct aroma.

Hand sanitizer is closer to vodka and Everclear when it comes to smell, IIRC.
 
2020-06-01 10:36:31 PM  
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