People are freaking out about powdered alcohol, but I wasn’t convinced they understood the science behind it. So I tested their concerns. Will it get you crazy drunk? Will people snort it? Watch and see! -Brent
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Notes: Let’s state the obvious here: this is not the commercial version of powdered alcohol. It’s a very DIY version that was suggested by Popular Science (see link below). The version that is slated to go on sale this summer will almost certainly use a higher proof alcohol (151 is as high as we could legally get in California), so it’ll be a bit more efficient. There’s also a strong chance that it will use a cyclodextrin powder instead of the maltodextrin we used. Cyclodextrin is essentially a ring of sugar molecules that can trip liquids inside. Right now food-grade cyclodextrin is very difficult to find for consumers and it’s quite expensive, so we went with maltodextrin. We acknowledge that there’s a chance that cyclodextrin would dissolve a bit faster, but we maintain that it would still be prohibitively slow for spiking a drink. Everything else basically holds true. For the snorting section, for instance, that is the real quantity you would need to get one drink’s worth.
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Fun With Powdered Alcohol: You Can Stop Being Scared Now
Special thanks to Tyler MacNiven and West of Pecos.