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post #1 of 13
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I just watched a tutorial on YouTube about using lustre dust and alcohol of some form, vodka/lemon/vanilla. Could I use lemon flavouring? Had a look at ingredients and it has alcohol and natural lemon oil. And why can't it be mixed with water?

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post #2 of 13

The alcohol makes it dry faster.

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post #3 of 13
Do a test with water and a scrap piece of fondant. The dust will either not mix well with the water, or it will not dry well.

You can use lemon extract, but it will leave a lemon flavor, and if it is not clear, could affect the color. You can get a tiny bottle of vodka at a liquor shop. I think it is about $2. It has a higher percentage of alcohol than the extract and will dry faster.
post #4 of 13
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Oh what a plum! I had thought about buying some vodka but was thinking I don't want to pay £6/7. Forgot you can buy the really small ones like you get at Xmas in gift sets. Thanks.

I will do a tester as you said.

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post #5 of 13
If you do a test, please let us know the results. Thanks!
post #6 of 13
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It has gone OK with lemon. Was too bold and had black dots when mixed with water. Lemon is a bit strong but its not up to me if they want to eat it lol
post #7 of 13
Hi! I Know everybody recomends vodka, vainilla or lemon extract to dissolve the luster dust, but here a can't find the extract and I saw I don't remember where that we can use also the normal alcohol to dissolve it, it's that true or something can happen?

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post #8 of 13

what is normal alcohol? in my state i can use everclear which is egregiously potent alcohol--vodka can be used as you said--but what is normal alcohol--you can also use bourbon or anything like that -- you can get lemon extract at the grocery store-- are you in the states?

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post #9 of 13
To normal alcohol I refer to the one that we also use for medical purpose, That's why I have the question because I saw someone using it but I'm not sure if that's okay. And I'm from Costa Rica.
post #10 of 13
No no no no no no!! Rubbing alcohol is not food. You really need to use an extract or drinking alcohol
post #11 of 13

The vast majority of rubbing alcohol is 140-proof isopropanol (the exceptions are generally "SD" grades of ethanol, i.e., ethanol that's been denatured with something other than methanol).

 

There is also 192-proof isopropanol, typically used for cleaning and disinfecting.

 

Ethanol makes you drunk

 

Isopropanol, I'm told (by Isaac Asimov, in The World of Carbon, and in addition to being a science fiction writer and a humor theorist, he was also a professor of biochemistry), generally never reaches a toxic level in the bloodstream because (1) it has a taste that Asimov described, as I recall, as "beastly," and (2) as soon as it hits your digestive system, it causes violent nausea and vomiting.

 

Methanol will make you blind, crazy, and dead. Again according to Asimov: the same process by which the liver converts ethanol into comparatively innocuous acetaldehyde turns methanol into formaldehyde. To coin a phrase, definitely not good eats.

 

Probably best to stick with vodka, if you need an alcohol-based solvent for something that's going to be eaten.

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post #12 of 13

you could probably use gin, since it is clear, but you might get a little juniper taste.

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post #13 of 13
Thank you for all the responses that's why I was confused about if using it or not jeje so I'm going to try with vodka.

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