FAQ & Permitting
What is ethanol?
Ethanol is a food-grade alcohol used in every spirit produced. It’s a strong solvent, safe for consumers, and the most common method of extraction in the industry.
What is distillation?
Learn how chemicals can be separated and purified through distillation, a process which separates them based on their respective boiling points: YouTube Video
Why ethanol instead of CO2 or Butane?
Ethanol is FDA approved and classified as class 3 (solvents not known to be hazardous to humans). Although butane is slightly more efficient than ethanol, it is also very dangerous to work with and harmful if accidentally ingested. CO2 extractions are safe, yet significantly less efficient because it delivers low yields and leaves unwanted plant constituents in the oil.
What kind of yields can you expect when extracting?
This is highly dependent on plant material and equipment used, but our most experienced customers typically see efficiencies up to 98.6%
How do you separate the oil from the ethanol?
We’ve found most of our clients rely on a rotary evaporator, but we’re happy to put you in touch with qualified manufacturers to develop the best solution for your needs
Can ethanol be re-used for future extractions?
Regulations for purchasing high-proof alcohol for industrial uses
This state-by-state information below is for permits for purchasing our alcohol for industrial use. If you intend to use our alcohol for beverage uses, alternate or additional permitting may apply. Please contact your state for further information. Due to frequent changes in state permitting laws and procedures, we can’t guarantee that our information is always up to date. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to be in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
There are no state permit requirements for non-beverage industrial use alcohol in all states EXCEPTConnecticut
There are no state permit requirements for non-beverage industrial use alcohol in Connecticut at this time, unless it is for lab or research. In this case, please email us your permit and we’ll get your order processed. For more information visit http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?q=446430
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws we are usually unable to ship our alcohol to Georgia. However, permits may be obtained for serious commercial requests. Please email our office for more information.
The Island of Hawaii and Maui require an "Alcohol Purchase Permit." We are currently unable to ship to Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, or Molokai. Please email us for more information.
Residents in Idaho must obtain a "Special Alcohol Permit Application and Application to Purchase High Proof Ethyl Alcohol" from Idaho State Liquor Division. Form must be renewed yearly and can be found here: https://liquor.idaho.gov/licenses-permits.html
Residents of Illinois need to follow a two-step procedure to be compliant in this state.
- Complete the "APPLICATION FOR STATE OF ILLINOIS NON-BEVERAGE USER’S ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR LICENSE" from the Illinois liquor commission. http://www.illinois.gov/ilcc/SiteCollectionDocuments/Non-Beverage%20User%20Application.pdf
- Once liquor license is accepted, fill out RL-4 and send to Illinois Dept. of Revenue.
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to Iowa at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents of Kansas must fill out the “Non-Beverage Permit” and provide back to the ABC within 10 days along with a copy of the invoice. More information can be found here: http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/abc800.pdf
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship to Kentucky at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents in Maine are required to obtain two permits in order to purchase alcohol.
More information can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bablo/
Residents in Maryland must apply for a "Non-Beverage Permit." Follow the link below from the Comptroller of Maryland: http://forms.marylandtaxes.com/alcohol_forms/328.pdf
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to Massachusetts at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents of Michigan require two permits in order to purchase alcohol:
"Manufacturer & Wholesaler License & Permit Application"
"Release of Alcohol or Alcoholic Beverages for Commercial Use"
Only a licensed business in the state of Minnesota may apply for an "APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO PURCHASE AND/ OR POSSESS ETHYL ALCOHOL AND/OR DISTILLED SPIRITS" from the Minnesota Licensing Department of Public Safely Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement. This is for non-beverage, industrial and manufacturing purposes only.
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to Mississippi at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents in Montana must obtain an "Authorization to Purchase" from the Montana Department of Revenue. https://app.mt.gov/myrevenue/Endpoint/DownloadPdf?yearId=238
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to Nebraska at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents in Nevada are required to have a “Permissible Persons Permit” from the state of Nevada Department of Taxation. Permits are issued on a fiscal year basis and are renewed upon written request.
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to North Dakota at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents in Oklahoma need to obtain an "Industrial License" in order to purchase alcohol.
Residents in Oregon must send an "Industrial Alcohol Authority Application" to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC)
Residents in Pennsylvania need to apply for a "License to Purchase Alcohol"
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to Rhode Island at this time. Please email us for more information.
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to South Carolina at this time. Please email us for more information.
Due to prohibitive state liquor laws, we are unable to ship our alcohol to South Dakota at this time. Please email us for more information.
Residents of Texas will need an "Industrial License" to purchase alcohol. License must be filled out and box for "Industrial" checked.
Residents in Utah need to obtain a "Special Use Permit" from the Utah Liquor Control Board. There are several different categories in which alcohol uses are categorized which can be found at the link below:
Generally, our customers will fall under the Industrial/Manufacturing permit:
Residents of Vermont must fill out an "Application for Permit to Purchase Alcohol" and submit it to the address provided on the application form.
Residents in Virginia must go to the Virginia Department of Alcohol Control and fill out 2 permits: "Application for a Permit to Purchase Industrial Alcohol" and "Industrial Use Permitee Order and Permit for Transportation of Alcohol".