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Frequently Asked Questions

Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol, is a clear, colorless liquid and the principal ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, or some spirits. Because it can readily dissolve in water and other organic compounds, ethanol also is an ingredient in a range of other products, from  personal care and beauty products to paints and varnishes to fuel.

Everywhere! It’s used in personal care products, household cleaning products to name a few. The FDA has also labeled ethanol as a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) substance, which means that the FDA studied ethanol and it’s affects and found that it’s safe to use in food products. Ethanol is also widely used in fuels. More than 97% of U.S. gasoline contains some ethanol.

In the United States, ethanol is primarily produced from the fermentation of starch in corn grain. In the fuel industry, bio-refineries use state of the art technologies to convert grains, beverage and food waste, cellulosic biomass and other feedstocks into high-octane ethanol.

GII Ethanol is directly produced from a corn fermentation process. It is 190 Proof or 95% by volume. Nothing is added to it.

Fusel alcohols or fuselol, also sometimes called fusel oils in Europe, are mixtures of several alcohols (chiefly amyl alcohol) produced as a by-product of alcoholic fermentation. In any fermentation process they are present at 0-2% by volume, but we use our proprietary technology to clean these impurities out, leaving only clean food grade ethanol behind.

In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the wide spread shortage of hand sanitizer, the FDA is allowing ethanol to be used as the primary ingredient in hand sanitizer. The WHO and FDA have come up with safe and effective formulations for ethanol based hand sanitizer which can be used to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Ethanol produced in facilities normally producing fuel or technical grade may be considered for use if the ethanol is produced from fermentation and distillation as would be typically used for consumable goods, and no other additives or other chemicals have been added to the ethanol.

GII Ethanol is directly produced from a corn fermentation process. It is 190 Proof or 95% by Volume. Nothing is added to it.

Fusel alcohols or fuselol, also sometimes called fusel oils in Europe, are mixtures of several alcohols (chiefly amyl alcohol) produced as a by-product of alcoholic fermentation. In any fermentation process they are present at 0-2% by volume, but we use our proprietary technology to clean these impurities out, leaving only clean food grade ethanol behind.

See the full FDA guidance.

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Stay informed about the current crisis: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html We at GII are working hard to solve the shortage of hand sanitizer in our