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Michael Escher Jan 21, 2004 10:44 AM

I want to experiment a bit more with making homemade liquors and find that using vodka has a tendency of adding a bit too much water to my recipies. Does anyone know if/where you can get grain alcohol in LA?

Thanks,

Mike

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    Willow Jan 21, 2004 11:29 AM

    I saw Everclear (200 proof pure grain alcohol) on sale at Rod's Liquor on El Toro road just east of the 5 freeway in Lake Forest. Not exactly LA but it's the first time I've seen it in California.

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      Jerome Jan 21, 2004 06:41 PM

      I think there's a place (I'm blanking) near the Marina and Playa del Rey that has tons of interesting liquor at a discount. And I think they also sell grain alcohol. This may be enough for someone else to help.

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        Andrew Jan 24, 2004 11:22 PM

        I think what ythe guy wants is Everclear. I have seen it for sale at Red carpet Liquors here in Glendale, and it sems to me it should be available lots of places.

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        Professor Salt Jan 21, 2004 03:24 PM

        I bought some at the Irvine Beverages & More. I imagine the other BevMos carry it too.

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          AndieCat Jan 22, 2004 05:19 PM

          I saw some 100 proof alcohol a few weeks ago at Jons in Hollywood -- curiously, it was not made from grain but from sugar cane, but it will work for making liqueurs just the same, I assume.

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            Toddodd Nov 17, 2011 06:17 PM

            100 proof is only 50 percent alcohol. Grain alcohol should be 190 proof (95%) or better.

            Unfortunately anything over 151 proof is illegal in California. You can get 151 Everclear at BevMo, but it's overpriced, and It's not what I would consider real grain alcohol.

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              westsidegal Nov 17, 2011 10:03 PM

              please educate me.
              why is the bevmo product not real grain alcohol?
              is it because of the proof (too low)?
              or is is because of the manufacturing process?

              i would like to learn about this.
              thanks

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                Toddodd Nov 17, 2011 10:28 PM

                Because of proof. I'm originally from Pennsylvania where we have the full-strength version, so I was shocked to see Everclear that wasn't 190 proof. This 151 stuff should be called "grain alcohol & water" instead of just "grain alcohol".

                1. re: westsidegal
                  Das Ubergeek Nov 18, 2011 06:21 AM

                  Everclear (the most popular brand of grain alcohol) is normally 190 proof (95% alcohol). In states where the sale of high-proof alcohol is restricted (like California), they make a 151 proof (75.5% alcohol) version. It's clearly marked on the bottle.

                  The original post is from nearly eight years ago but if anyone is looking for 190-proof grain alcohol, you will have to go to Vegas—or at least Stateline.

                  I don't mind 151-proof Everclear (and yes, overpriced at BevMo, I shop local stores instead) for making my limoncello, vanilla extract, etc. It just requires some funky math to bring the levels back to something drinkable (i.e., adding water).

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              cacio e pepe Nov 17, 2011 10:42 PM

              Nothing over 151 proof is legal in CA. That said, you may find an interesting import or two at Alpine Village, of all places.

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                rainey Nov 17, 2011 11:41 PM

                BevMo carries Everclear. You may need to ask them to pull it out for you but they've got it and there should be a location not terribly far from you wherever you are in LA.

                Whatcha makin'? I use it for limoncello and nocino.

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                  Das Ubergeek Nov 18, 2011 06:22 AM

                  Bear in mind (see above) that California only permits the sale of 151-proof Everclear, not the 190-proof version so near and dear to frat boys (not that I would have ANY idea about that, cough cough).

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek
                    scottca075 Nov 18, 2011 05:11 PM

                    Ah yes, there was nothing like being a pledge in my house at Berkeley and having to make a liquor run to Ben's Liquor Store in Reno to get a months supply of Everclear.

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