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Apr 21, 2014 04:21 PM

Powdered Alcohol ~ The next best thing?

Oooh I don't think so. Not for me anyway.

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  1. Might as well write my obituary now.

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what snorting a powder like this would do?

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    1. re: jrvedivici

      Snorting it sounds interesting. I never would have thought of that:-)

      1. NBC evening news did a segment on it tonight. Sounds like a train wreck, although I'm curious how the chemistry works -how does one powder alcohol?

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        1. re: Veggo

          It's a definite train wreck considering all the lawsuits that will ensue after people partake of it in one way or the other. But the Treasury Department approved of it. So it must be ok...

          1. re: Veggo

            "Alcohol powder is molecularly encapsulated alcohol...... alcohol can be absorbed in cyclodextrins, a sugar derivate. In this way, encapsuled in small capsules, the fluid can be handled as a powder. The cyclodextrins can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcohol.[1] A US patent was registered for the process as early as 1974.[2]"


            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

              Thanks, but an answer like that just screams; "SNORT ME" to me.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                Snorting's not really going to add much value to the consumption or the inebriation. Now, I "have heard" that sugar is sometimes used as an adulterant for more typically snorted substances and it can irritate the nostrils. My learned advice, if you're looking to increase the potency of powdered alcohol, would be to simply spoon some onto your tongue and chase it with a shot of vodka (or, better, rum). Think of it like a pixie stick or lik-em-aid.

                1. re: MGZ

                  This probably goes without saying, but I would advise against smoking it too.

            2. The article states that they plan is to sell it in single serving portions. I'd love to see bottle equivalents. We travel quite a bit and it would be great weight-wise.

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              1. re: c oliver

                This is an old hiker (backpacker) standby. Look up some backpacking websites, and search for "dehydrated wine". Someone's got to have a decent supplier.

                1. re: Chowrin

                  Very cool. Our SIL, Fitz Cahall, has the podcast "Dirtbag Diaries" and I bet they know about it.

                  1. re: Chowrin

                    Used the powdered wine for cooking on many a backpacking trip. Adequate for cooking, but not something I'd want to drink a glass of.

                  1. re: miss_belle

                    What? A possible Government error? No! Can't be!