high-proof alcohol for sale in Boston?
July 17, 2014 8:08 PM   Subscribe

BostonFilter: I'm looking for neutral grain spirits to make tinctures with. I haven't found anything in the liquor store higher than 40% ABV vodkas. Apparently Everclear isn't available in Mass (?), but is there anything else I can get ahold of? Huge bonus points for Cambridge/Somerville, and I can't go to weird exurban car-needing places.
posted by threeants to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Your best bet would be taking the train to RI or NH and buying it there.
posted by brujita at 8:20 PM on July 17, 2014

Best answer: I've been making infusions recently, and the liquor store in porter square has 151 proof grain alcohol - not as strong or pure as Everclear, but I've had good results with various herbal/fruit recipes that call for something stronger than vodka.
posted by heyforfour at 8:26 PM on July 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

You can definitely get grain alcohol that is 80% ABV in Providence, RI, if you can't find anywhere closer.
posted by kylej at 8:32 PM on July 17, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks all; though I am way too lazy to go to Rhode Island (!) to get my tinct on. heyforfour, if I can find that at Liquor World that would be perfect! Do you happen to have the name, so I can know what I'm looking for?
posted by threeants at 8:44 PM on July 17, 2014

Response by poster: also-- sneaky bonus question for people passing through!!!-- does anyone know of a site with info on approximately how long tinctures of various ingredients will take to...tinct? Googling anything about the topic turns up endless material on making cannabis tinctures, which, rock on, but information-wise it kind of drowns out everything else.
posted by threeants at 9:02 PM on July 17, 2014

Aperitif cookbook
posted by Ideefixe at 11:00 PM on July 17, 2014

I recently made a vitex berry tincture. I used 80 proof vodka. I waited five weeks before straining it, but the instructions I was using said six.
posted by Ruki at 10:58 AM on July 18, 2014

Response by poster: Well, I went to Liquor World in Porter and they had 151 proof grain alcohol-- thanks for the tipoff! Seems pretty expensive at $20 for a fifth, but I'll take what I can get. The brand is called Graves, for the record (also it's apparently bottled in Somerville, weirdly enough).
posted by threeants at 7:12 PM on July 18, 2014

Best answer: Tinctures vary quite a bit, and I suppose it depends if you're doing this primarily for health benefits or if you're looking for flavors to use in drinks. For instance, lavender flavors very quickly, in a matter of hours. For drinks I'd pull it then, as it ends up tasting like perfume if you leave it longer. If I was trying to extract the compounds though, I would leave if a month or more. 1-3 months is the usual range I've seen for these things, depending on how much and often you're shaking it up.
posted by Jawn at 1:14 PM on July 20, 2014

Response by poster: thanks for the tincture advice, Jawn. I'm glad to get some confirmation that it might not take quite so long to get a good tincture. I kept reading about people steeping their tinctures for weeks and weeks, but mine are already tasting quite strong and distinctive after only about three days. Now I feel less hesitant about going ahead and straining them soon.
posted by threeants at 10:50 AM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

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