In the context of human consumption, alcohol is usually referred to ethanol. All alcoholic beverages contain ethanol as its alcohol content. There are several names alcohol is known for such as ethyl alcohol, drinking alcohol and grain alcohol. The pungent odor, being flammable, colorless and slightly noxious are the common characteristics of ethanol. Through yeast fermentation of sugar, ethanol can be manufactured. It is advantageous for alcoholic beverage companies to use ethanol as a very good solvent as the chemical blends well with essential oils, flavorings and fatty additives. Know that ethanol that is derived from grain or corn can be used as an alternative automobile fuel too.
Ethanol, as previously mentioned, is commonly known as ethyl alcohol, but is also termed as pure alcohol, grain alcohol and drinking alcohol. This colorless liquid, a description of this chemical, is also observed to be soluble in water. Other characteristics would be its slight odor, somewhat sweet in flavor when diluted, but when undiluted or concentrated, would give a very strong taste and would leave a burning aftertaste.
Know that ethyl alcohol is the alcohol that is found in different alcohol drinks like beer, brandy or whiskey. Ethyl alcohol is made from the chemical breakdown or fermentation of sugars with the aid of yeasts. The source of ethyl alcohol are plants and grains such as corn, barley and wheat. The production of ethanol is made by milling the grains and then fermenting it with yeast.
Where medical field is concern, the uses of alcohol would be as an antiseptic and as a disinfectant. To avoid spreading of bacteria in hospitals and other related facilities, medical wipes and antibacterial hand sanitizers which contain alcohol are used. You may not be aware but before your skin is injected, it is sterilized by the use of alcohol on your skin. There is also sterilization of various medical equipment before and after use in hospitals and medical clinics.
Know that isopropyl alcohol is what you are using as a disinfectant or sanitizer. Petroleum and coal are the fossil fuels where isopropyl alcohol comes in the form of propane. Know that to prevent consumption, a toxic substance is added to the isopropyl alcohol to make it denatured. Note that as a solvent for extracts, isopropyl alcohol is not recommended because it would leave an unwanted contaminants on your extracts.
Ethyl alcohol is said to be safe to use as solvent in various products like culinary extracts, essential oils, tinctures, and concentrates.
To minimize impurities that can cause contamination of your tinctures and extracts, you can use food grade ethyl alcohol.