Types of Grain Alcohol

Updated July 19, 2017

Grain alcohol, also known as ethanol, is a twice distilled, neutral spirit derived from fermenting grain. It has a 95-percent alcohol content (or is 190-proof), making it extremely potent. All alcohol comes from the fermentation and distillation of a type of grain, including wheat, corn, rice and rye. However, each grain produces a different type of alcohol; the one commonly known as "grain alcohol" is the product of corn, yeast, sugar and water.


The Canadian company Kittling Ridge Ltd. manufactures Alcohol-95. It contains 95-percent alcohol (or 190-proof).


The Luxco company manufactures Everclear in 151- and 190-proof versions. Because of its high alcohol content, Everclear 190 is illegal in some US states.

Golden Grain

Golden Grain is a 190-proof alcohol manufactured by Luxco, the same company that produces Everclear. Unlike Everclear, Golden Grain only comes in one very potent variety: 95-percent alcohol by volume.

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