“With ways of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus occupying everyone’s attention, two Frederick distilleries are using byproducts from their distilling process to create hand sanitizers to help limit the spread of germs.
McClintock Distilling Co. recently received a shipment of vegetable glycerin, a product used to make hand sanitizer, and will make a first batch of about 270 gallons of sanitizer for emergency responders, assisted living communities and retirement homes, said Braeden Bumpers, the company’s owner and distiller.
“We want to make sure the people who actually need it most get it,” Bumpers said.
While the company will stay in full production of its usual products and use part of the distillate byproduct to make the sanitizer, they wanted to do what they can to help.
They have the alcohol production aspect down, and they’re using Food and Drug Administration guidelines for making the sanitizer, Bumpers said.
“We’re built to produce large quantities of ethyl alcohol,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tenth Ward Distilling Co. has been producing small bottles of sanitizer made from their distillate to give away to their to neighbors and customers, said Monica Pearce, the distillery’s owner.”
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