Brandy is Freedom Flowers' preservative of choice in our flower essences. If you order a custom combo,
you can request an alcohol free version made with apple cider vinegar
instead, but in an off-the-shelf product, it will be preserved with
tastes good in the minute doses and most importantly, gives a very long
shelf life. Flower essences, by design have so much life force within
them that a hefty preservative is needed as well as the colored glass to
inhibit light absorption. Brandy allows a properly stored flower
essence to last indefinitely. We have a ten year expiration date on the
bottles because the FDA requires one, and 10 years is the max they will
allow. If a flower essence goes bad, it's obvious. Slimy, funky,
growing algae? Inferior or insufficient preservative.
In a glass of
water with a standard 4 drop dosage, brandy wins. It makes water taste
like really good water. Vinegar has a slight vinegar taste that cats
and kids are not generally fans of. I doubt either preservative would
be perceptible in any flavored drink.
wait! You're giving brandy to cats and kids?" Let's put this in
perspective. In a 1 oz flower essence bottle, half the volume will be
brandy. Brandy itself is 40% alcohol by volume. You need 2-4 drops for
a dosage and it will be diluted in a glass of water or other choice
beverage. How big a glass is up to you. I also doubt you're going to
down all that at once. You will get more alcohol in your bloodstream
through the natural process of digestion and fermentation of food.
alcohol is a concern for some people, even at that level. In that case,
you can still use a brandy-based essence externally by dotting on pulse
points, or evaporating the alcohol off by adding it to a hot beverage.
Christian Brothers brandy because it goes from copper to oak to glass.
I can buy it in quantity without the plastic jug. Yesssss! Don't buy
booze in plastic, I don't care how cheap it is. Alcohol is a great
solvent that will extract the chemicals in the plastic. I know you can
use the dosage argument I just gave you, applied to the BPA
parts-per-million, but I don't care! I don't have to like BPA's and you
don't have to like brandy. FYI, I don't buy vinegar in plastic either.
I hope that is a better clarification as to my choices, puts your mind at ease and gives you a work around solution.
The sailors say "Brandy, you're a fine girl" (you're a fine girl)
"What a good wife you would be" (such a fine girl) "Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea". -Elliot Lurie