Do not tell me that the thing does not have its intrinsic entrance

Do not tell me that the thing does not have its intrinsic entrance

It turns out that a man, named Mark Phillips, is on track to obtain the license to market a powder under the name of Palcohol that, reconstituted only with water, result in a drink alcoholic Or at least that pretends. In principle I would try to market two basic versions, one for rum and another for vodka and; In addition, a series of cocktails: Mojito , Powderita (with a flavor similar to that of, say, a Lemon drop … do not tell me it does not sound promising.

But can you get alcohol powder?

But can you get alcohol powder?

Of course, as of everything more or less. In principle the system of choice and more basic would be to solidify what you want to get in powder and then grating or pulverizing it. So, as with alcohol, you could also get powdered water … But as you know this system generates some problems of a practical nature . The main one, that this dust would cease to be such at room temperature and pressure. And with alcohol we would have it even worse than with water since pure ethanol solidifies at around -114ºC … bad subject.


Then it’s impossible?

Then it

The fact is that as much as the current “inventor” for throwing the bluff that he has devised, the thing comes from long ago . The first idea to commercialize some “alcoholic powders” that can be reconstituted to give rise to an alcoholic beverage dates back to 1974 . It was on that date when a patent was registered on this type of “invention” or idea … perfectly described. You can check the registration of this patent in this link .

Even then it was argued with the idea of ​​using a highly absorbent powder substance, for example a maltodextrin (basically, as short “bits” of starch, something that is present in innumerable products of the food industry) and add to this both alcohol , neither more nor less, so that it is completely absorbed and that at the same time the dust remains in this state. Do you think it is cheating or that it can not be done? None of that, on this page, teach you how to make your own alcoholic beverage powder using this method.

But I am afraid that this system is highly inefficient for the purposes of that person interested in the topic having a real practical utility. That is to say, a small relative amount can be added to the drink as if to maintain the powder form, pretending to obtain a result similar to that of the original drink once reconstituted with water. Therefore, it is likely that another solution has been applied. It would be “encapsulation”.

Encapsulated alcohol?

Encapsulated alcohol?

Well, that would be the most likely hypothesis for an explanation that the “inventor” himself (I insist that inventor at the moment, nothing) refuses to reveal to the media making the gracieta that if he revealed to someone his system … he would have to kill him immediately.

Well, I do not think it’s that much, in fact some Dutch students already devised a powder product in 2006 to obtain an alcoholic beverage from it with the mere addition of water. It was called Booz2Go and you can see the proud students explaining their invention to the cameras in this link (Dutch domain required) .

The encapsulation of the alcohol would be carried out from the cyclodextrins . As in the case of the aforementioned maltodextrin, it would be a starch derivative, an oligosaccharide, with a variable number of glucose monomers (between 6 and 9). But in this case, unlike maltodextrin (which would have these monomers distributed linearly) in the case of cyclodextrin these glucosas would adopt a cyclic structure. In this way one can imagine the different cyclodextrins as a large donut in which there is the possibility of “enclosing”, that is, encapsulating other molecules. In fact and badly that despite Mark Phillips, Palcohol as a brand and Lipsmark as a company to which the brand belongs, this is the explanation that can, more or less, be obtained in Wikipedia about powdered alcohol.

Where is the controversy?

Where is the controversy?

As expressed in this fantastic article (which again gives an explanation like the above on how to obtain powdered alcohol) is not a pharmacological or technological issue, the problem comes from the legislative and regulatory point of view to be able to access in theory and with this type of products to places that typically can not be accessed with alcoholic beverages (think of schools, sporting events …). You do not have to be very savvy to realize how easy it is to hide a 30 gram sachet that is the original marketing idea of ​​the Palcohol . (By the way in the previous link do not miss the graphic representation that contains the usual cyclodextrins).

Also, in some media , I do not know the original source (but the headlines are there) have put the cry in the sky to speculate with the possibility and consequences of, instead of preparing with powders a rich Mojito (to say something ), snort them . The eternal dilemma of whether to prohibit something that can be misused (eternal, for some, because I have it clear).

At the same time, the controversy also apparently resides in the legalization and commercialization of Palcohol. According to various news, the competent body to establish the framework under which Palcohol would have to be commercialized (the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ), admitted in the first instance its sale, for shortly after, a couple of weeks, to prohibit it based on errors in its labeling.

But the subject still contains more substance, perhaps the best, … but we will see that tomorrow, in the form of a series of practical questions that do not end up being clear to me. Also tomorrow we will also know the “sanotas” intentions of the inventor of Palcohol , we will talk about calories , alcoholic content and others … I say this because the accounts do not come out to me .

Note: I want to thank in the soul three people who have clarified doubts and oriented to face this post: without a doubt to Dr. Beatriz Giner , fellow and professor of organic chemistry of the Jose Manuel López Nicolás (a at this point this does not need a presentation, I will say that it is the Master of molecular encapsulation and on which I recommend you read his post about it ) and without forgetting Jorge Ruiz professor of Food Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, according to his profile on Twitter and that was quite on this social network when I started to shake the subject and I provide resources.

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How can I rebuild my credit when I’m in debt?

The debts you have accumulated influence your credit score, but there are other factors. The use of credit granted payment history, and credit investigations can all influence your credit score.

We have asked our Fairstone Financial partners to provide advice to those in debt who want to rebuild their credit.

Keep your credit card balance at 25% of your limit or less

Even if you make your payments on time, a high credit card balance will hurt your credit score. What exactly do we mean by “high balance”? As a general rule, if you use more than 25% of your available credit, your credit score may drop.

You can request that your card limit is increased to reduce your usage percentage, but if you are denied such an increase, or if you have difficulty paying your balance, you may want to consider consolidating your card. credit card debt to facilitate repayment management.

Limit purchases on a credit card to a few predetermined expenses per month

Another way to reduce the use of your credit is to only carry a certain number of predetermined monthly expenses to your credit card (in addition to making sure that these expenses represent 25% or less of your limit). This will help you improve your credit score and ensure that the amount you have to pay each month is predictable and can be managed, which will also improve your payment history.

Set up automatic payments to pay your bills on time

Some people are surprised to learn that their balance and payment history for common bills such as telephone, television and the Internet is passed on to credit reporting agencies. Whether you are in debt or not, a missed or late payment may result in a decrease in your credit score. We suggest you set up automated payments to avoid missed payments. Over time, this will help you improve your payment history and credit score.

Combine multiple bills into one monthly payment with a consolidation loan

Do you have difficulty managing multiple debts and payment dates? A debt consolidation loan allows you to make only one payment for various bills. By having to worry about only one monthly payment, you increase your chances of making your payments in a timely manner. Such a regular payment will not only help you improve your credit history but also help pay off your debt faster.

Reduce solvency investigations to a minimum

A solvency survey can take many forms, such as applying for a loan or mortgage loan or an apartment rental application form. If you want to improve your credit score, you should wait between three to six months between solvency investigations, because a higher number could tarnish your credit score.

If you want to avoid solvency investigations, be wary of situations that could lead to such investigations without you expecting, such as shopping for a car. If you go to a used car dealer just to take a look, an employee might ask you for some information that would allow him to complete a registered credit check, which he can do even if you did not the intention to make a purchase. In all circumstances, make sure you ask the person if they intend to complete a registered credit survey before providing them with your contact information or your Social Insurance Number.

Remember that repaying your debts is not the only way to improve your credit score. It’s also important to consider other factors that influence your credit scores, such as your payment history, credit usage, and credit surveys, to put you in a good position to improve your finances.

Is getting your credit report better than just getting your credit rating?

Your credit rating is important. We can not deny that and that is why many Canadians want to know what a credit rating is and why it increases or decreases at times. These are smart questions to ask yourself. We’ll tell you again, the state of your credit is the backbone of your financial life, whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not. But, do you know that your credit rating is not the most important thing in your life and even your financial life?

This may sound confusing, but here is a summary. Your credit rating is mainly important if you are looking to do business with a bank and want to borrow a large loan such – Green-Touch Site. But if you do not want to do business with a bank, you should not be obsessed with your credit rating or accumulate debt just for the sake of getting a high credit rating.

Here’s what you need to remember from this article

Not everyone needs to be obsessed with their credit rating, but everyone should definitely be interested in the information in their credit report.

Why should I know my credit rating?

 Why should I know my credit rating?

This three-digit number represents your ability or inability to manage your credit, which is your credit cards and loans. If you want to apply for a mortgage or line of credit at your bank, you should probably know what is going on with your credit.

In addition, if you are looking to build or improve your credit, you absolutely must know where you are going from and how much effort you will have to make to achieve a better rating.

Credit ratings are definitely useful for both you, the consumer and any of your potential future lenders. However, setting aside all your other financial goals or damaging other aspects of your financial life for the sole purpose of having a perfect credit rating should no longer be a priority.

What does your credit score represent?

Your credit rating tells you where your credit is. It’s just a three-digit number that you get. If it’s around 700 or more, that means you have good credit. On the other hand, if it is under 600, it means that your credit is overdue. Your credit rating also tells you what your chances of being approved for a new loan are, but only in general. In principle, people with a higher credit score are more likely to be approved for certain types of loans or financial products that require a credit check but be aware that most approval processes are not solely based on your credit rating. A high credit rating does not guarantee anything and a low credit score does not condemn you for the rest of your life either.

Your credit report, meanwhile, indicates a lot of things. This is a complete file that gathers information relating to voting credit use. Your credit card accounts are there as well as the loans, lines of credit and mortgages you could have if that is the case.

It’s not just a list of all your credit accounts that are currently open. There is actually information from the past 10 years as well as specific information about each of your credit accounts. Each of these accounts is divided into two parts: a letter that represents the type of account and a number that represents the position in which the account is located.

Reading your credit report can also help you spot any errors that may affect the calculation of your credit rating. In addition to helping you make sure you are not a victim of fraud. Your credit report is like a school report, but for your financial life. It shows you what you are doing well, like making your payments up to date, and what you could improve; maybe you have a collection account.


Your credit rating is your rating, and sometimes this can be very important, while your credit report is the explanation, and this is always important. Credit ratings and credit reports are financial tools that all consumers need to know and use to their advantage. But, if your credit rating becomes an obsession that takes over your financial life, you must rethink your goals.