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From this:
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To this:
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Might have just saved my business and my Boat Chips! Things were looking bleak for a minute. Wash your hands and stay safe everyone.
 

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It's 80%.

Here's one that differs (apparently I didn't save the one that said only 60, but it was from a Whisky publication, so may not be medically reliable):

"...from XXX, Asst. Prof of infectious diseases at John Hopkins University. Informative medical science facts...
* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation), and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part BLEACH and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
....

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, help. The strongest vodka has 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
* LISTERINE works if it has 65% alcohol...."

Of course, higher is better, to be sure.
 

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@Coyotesetter Job well done! I am glad you could make it work!

Times like these are all about adaptation. Many people are decrying the end of the economy. On the other hand there are many opportunities that were not there before. The individuals and companies that can pivot and adapt will thrive. I love what you have done!
 

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Ah, found it:

"In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it is vital that we all keep our hands clean, refrain from touching our faces, and practice social distancing wherever and whenever possible.

Let’s be clear: There is no substitution for washing your hands thoroughly and often using soap and water. However, if you don’t have access to soap and water or are looking for an at-home project with real-world value, you can convert high-proof whiskey into hand sanitizer. Distilleries around the country have already begun producing hand sanitizer for hospitals and the general public, and if you have a bourbon, rye, or other whiskey that is high enough in proof, you can do the same.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hand sanitizers with a minimum of 80% ethanol, which eliminates almost every whiskey on the shelf. While higher is better, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% ethanol—a characteristic that is met by whiskeys of 120 proof or above—can be effective.

Does this mean you can just rub the whiskey straight onto your hands? Theoretically. But most hand sanitizers mix gel with alcohol in part because the mixture will evaporate more slowly, which gives it more time to do its job as you rub your hands.

Chances are, if you have one of the whiskeys on this list, you spent a significant amount of time, energy, and money to secure it, and even with the recent spike in hand sanitizer prices, many of these bottles remain a good deal more expensive. So you probably shouldn’t use up your precious whiskey unless absolutely desperate.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WHISKEY-BASED HAND SANITIZER
  • Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel. The proportion depends on the strength of the alcohol; if 80% or above, a 3 to 1 ratio works best. Even the strongest whiskeys rarely top the low 70s, however, so you’ll want to use less gel.
  • Allow your sanitizer to sit for at least 72 hours, per the WHO, to properly kill off any bacteria introduced during creation.
  • The WHO has more detailed instructions for creating your own hand sanitizer on a larger scale using ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.
60% ABV AND UP: THESE WHISKEYS MEET THE THRESHOLD TO SANITIZE HANDS
William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg, and Thomas H. Handy

These Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys all qualify, but are typically in such high demand that it may feel sacreligious to do anything but sip them slowly.

Booker’s

Any batch will do as this bourbon is consistently above the required 60% ABV. Bonus points if you can turn the box into a dispenser.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Our 2017 Whisky of the Year has always cleared that 60% ABV bar, though Batch A119, at 67.6% ABV, is the strongest yet.

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof

The 2019 release (61.6% ABV) earned 94 points and the No.-6 spot on our 2019 Top 20 list, with this year’s release clocking in slightly higher (61.8%).

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength

You’ll have to make sure you have the right batch for this one. Those from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 all qualify.

Balcones Texas Cask Strength Rye

The Waco, Texas-based distillery usually bottles its whiskey at a high proof, with single-barrel releases, Peated Single Malt, and cask-strength expressions all meeting the minimum 60% ABV standard in addition to this rye."
 

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Were your Whiskey sales taking a hit or are you producing the hand sanitizer as a community service (or both?) . Seems to me alcohol sales should be doing well ? unless you are marketing through a retail location? I am just interested. We have a lot of wine producers here in Kelowna that sell a lot of wine direct at their wineries in the summer and it will be interesting to see how they change their business model if this keeps up for six months.
 

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@Coyotesetter Job well done! I am glad you could make it work!

Times like these are all about adaptation. Many people are decrying the end of the economy. On the other hand there are many opportunities that were not there before. The individuals and companies that can pivot and adapt will thrive. I love what you have done!
Thanks man! We are trying our best.
 

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Ah, found it:

"In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it is vital that we all keep our hands clean, refrain from touching our faces, and practice social distancing wherever and whenever possible.

Let’s be clear: There is no substitution for washing your hands thoroughly and often using soap and water. However, if you don’t have access to soap and water or are looking for an at-home project with real-world value, you can convert high-proof whiskey into hand sanitizer. Distilleries around the country have already begun producing hand sanitizer for hospitals and the general public, and if you have a bourbon, rye, or other whiskey that is high enough in proof, you can do the same.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hand sanitizers with a minimum of 80% ethanol, which eliminates almost every whiskey on the shelf. While higher is better, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% ethanol—a characteristic that is met by whiskeys of 120 proof or above—can be effective.

Does this mean you can just rub the whiskey straight onto your hands? Theoretically. But most hand sanitizers mix gel with alcohol in part because the mixture will evaporate more slowly, which gives it more time to do its job as you rub your hands.

Chances are, if you have one of the whiskeys on this list, you spent a significant amount of time, energy, and money to secure it, and even with the recent spike in hand sanitizer prices, many of these bottles remain a good deal more expensive. So you probably shouldn’t use up your precious whiskey unless absolutely desperate.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WHISKEY-BASED HAND SANITIZER
  • Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel. The proportion depends on the strength of the alcohol; if 80% or above, a 3 to 1 ratio works best. Even the strongest whiskeys rarely top the low 70s, however, so you’ll want to use less gel.
  • Allow your sanitizer to sit for at least 72 hours, per the WHO, to properly kill off any bacteria introduced during creation.
  • The WHO has more detailed instructions for creating your own hand sanitizer on a larger scale using ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.
60% ABV AND UP: THESE WHISKEYS MEET THE THRESHOLD TO SANITIZE HANDS
William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg, and Thomas H. Handy

These Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys all qualify, but are typically in such high demand that it may feel sacreligious to do anything but sip them slowly.

Booker’s

Any batch will do as this bourbon is consistently above the required 60% ABV. Bonus points if you can turn the box into a dispenser.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Our 2017 Whisky of the Year has always cleared that 60% ABV bar, though Batch A119, at 67.6% ABV, is the strongest yet.

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof

The 2019 release (61.6% ABV) earned 94 points and the No.-6 spot on our 2019 Top 20 list, with this year’s release clocking in slightly higher (61.8%).

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength

You’ll have to make sure you have the right batch for this one. Those from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 all qualify.

Balcones Texas Cask Strength Rye

The Waco, Texas-based distillery usually bottles its whiskey at a high proof, with single-barrel releases, Peated Single Malt, and cask-strength expressions all meeting the minimum 60% ABV standard in addition to this rye."
Luckily ours is cheaper and much less delicious. Great article.
 

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If it tastes half as good as that bottle of rye you sent me, I'll take a case!

In all seriousness, I hope you are making it through this challenging time okay, and that you are staying safe and healthy.
 

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Ah, found it:

"In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it is vital that we all keep our hands clean, refrain from touching our faces, and practice social distancing wherever and whenever possible.

Let’s be clear: There is no substitution for washing your hands thoroughly and often using soap and water. However, if you don’t have access to soap and water or are looking for an at-home project with real-world value, you can convert high-proof whiskey into hand sanitizer. Distilleries around the country have already begun producing hand sanitizer for hospitals and the general public, and if you have a bourbon, rye, or other whiskey that is high enough in proof, you can do the same.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hand sanitizers with a minimum of 80% ethanol, which eliminates almost every whiskey on the shelf. While higher is better, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% ethanol—a characteristic that is met by whiskeys of 120 proof or above—can be effective.

Does this mean you can just rub the whiskey straight onto your hands? Theoretically. But most hand sanitizers mix gel with alcohol in part because the mixture will evaporate more slowly, which gives it more time to do its job as you rub your hands.

Chances are, if you have one of the whiskeys on this list, you spent a significant amount of time, energy, and money to secure it, and even with the recent spike in hand sanitizer prices, many of these bottles remain a good deal more expensive. So you probably shouldn’t use up your precious whiskey unless absolutely desperate.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WHISKEY-BASED HAND SANITIZER
  • Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel. The proportion depends on the strength of the alcohol; if 80% or above, a 3 to 1 ratio works best. Even the strongest whiskeys rarely top the low 70s, however, so you’ll want to use less gel.
  • Allow your sanitizer to sit for at least 72 hours, per the WHO, to properly kill off any bacteria introduced during creation.
  • The WHO has more detailed instructions for creating your own hand sanitizer on a larger scale using ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.
60% ABV AND UP: THESE WHISKEYS MEET THE THRESHOLD TO SANITIZE HANDS
William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg, and Thomas H. Handy

These Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys all qualify, but are typically in such high demand that it may feel sacreligious to do anything but sip them slowly.

Booker’s

Any batch will do as this bourbon is consistently above the required 60% ABV. Bonus points if you can turn the box into a dispenser.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Our 2017 Whisky of the Year has always cleared that 60% ABV bar, though Batch A119, at 67.6% ABV, is the strongest yet.

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof

The 2019 release (61.6% ABV) earned 94 points and the No.-6 spot on our 2019 Top 20 list, with this year’s release clocking in slightly higher (61.8%).

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength

You’ll have to make sure you have the right batch for this one. Those from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 all qualify.

Balcones Texas Cask Strength Rye

The Waco, Texas-based distillery usually bottles its whiskey at a high proof, with single-barrel releases, Peated Single Malt, and cask-strength expressions all meeting the minimum 60% ABV standard in addition to this rye."

So what you are saying is the white lightning we make here in the desert at 190+ proof has finally reached it's Zenith as a survival tool? Awesome.
 

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So what you are saying is the white lightning we make here in the desert at 190+ proof has finally reached it's Zenith as a survival tool? Awesome.
Absolutely sir. You may find you have an entirely new revenue stream. Look up World Health Organization handrub #1. If you add a bit of glycerine and hydrogen peroxide you have hand sanitizer.
 

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So what you are saying is the white lightning we make here in the desert at 190+ proof has finally reached it's Zenith as a survival tool? Awesome.

I'm not sure how long you'll survive actually drinking that stuff uncut, though... Do you test it on a camel first?
 
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