I would expect the answer to that question to be "It depends...."

I don't think that the term "bioethanol" is sufficiently standardized wrt what's in the product and how that might vary from production batch to batch (that might be consequential to the uses you intend it for).

Has this prospective vendor provided you with any informative specifications of their product, other than to call it "bioethanol"?

Peter R

On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 2:54 AM, Christos Georgiadis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi all,


We are in the process of purchasing a large quantity of ‘alcohol’ for specimen storage (the specimens will be collected by pitfall traps with the use of propylene-glycol, so no molecular work will be necessary after that…). So far we have been using 96% dehydrated ethanol bought in bulk (one barrel at a time). We have received an offer from a company selling ‘bioethanol’ in competitive prices. Does anyone have any idea of whether we can use that instead of what we used previously? Will it create any problems to long-term specimen storage?




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