exempt from booze taxation...
... for about 3 seconds probably.
Dutch students have developed what might be the ultimate Reg hack survival aid - a powdered alcohol beverage going out at €1-€1.50 for a 20-gram packet, Reuters reports. Just add water to Booz2Go and you get a "bubbly, lime-colored and flavored drink with just three percent alcohol content", ideal for those journalistic Bravo …
Is this really any different from the old Subyou stuff (released in 2004, I believe).
And I'm still dubious about the claims of tax exemption and that "Because the alcohol is not in liquid form, we can sell it to people below 16."
The alcohol *is* liquid -- ethanol is and always will be liquid at room temperature and as Scotty said "ye cannae break the laws of physics". What's happening here is that another ingredient simply acts as a sponge, holding the (liquid) alcohol in place until some water is added to to release it. In the UK the duty is on the physical volume of alcohol, and I believe it is similar on the continent.
So I believe the stuff will be completely covered by existing alcohol legislation.
"no self-respecting journo would drink anything tasting of lime unless he or she was truly under the cosh"
Are you mad? Margueritas, the greatest drinks on gods earth, especially if made with fresh limes, that's it, I'm off down the local poncey cocktail bar... erm entertaining clients out or summat.
@16:20 - even older than that. Back in the early eighties there was a similar product that used cyclodextrins (rings of six to eight glucose units) to hide away the alcohol.
And yes, the tax claim is about as valid as the one that says you can freeze-concentrate your homebrew and it's legal because you aren't distilling it.
I can see encapsulating alcohol (which is a liquid) in some sort of tiny umm, tiny things but how do you "powder" it? And if it truly is powdered how does adding water (which is not a component of alcohol) reconstitute said powder?
If all this is true though can powdered water be far behind?(just add what?)
That's all we need, another vehicle to help more hysterical adolescent junkies get their alcohol fix. It would seem that the main interest in this new product is that is contains a popular drug and not that it tastes particularly good. Unsurprising, I suppose, in societies in cultural decline.
"And if it truly is powdered how does adding water (which is not a component of alcohol)"
Alcohol is basically:
carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
hydrogen and oxygen.
This wikipedia page shows the possibility to recreate it from water:
C2H4 + H2O → CH3CH2OH
Seems close enough to me.
And as such, I believe it /wouldn't/ fall under alcohol laws (as such) since they are NOT selling alcohol but a powder which could be used to create alcohol... Do we need to change any laws now?
Melting Point:-169.7 °C
Boiling Point:-103.14 °C
Oh dear. Another Wikivictim.
Alcohol itself has a melting point of -114.3 °C so instead of keeping the sachets cold enough to ethylene, we could just use ethanol crystals.
So it can't be that...
There was a German company selling "powdered alcohol" for drinks (and with suspiciously similar marketing claims to the Dutch students) but their web site went offline some time back. [http://www.subyou.de/]
Seemingly no technical clues there either, even if one uses the waybackmachine.