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Old 22.12.2006, 23:46
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Looking for bottle shop at Basel-Germany border (with strong stuff)

Ok, I would like to buy spirits to import into CH (legally!) when I come back into Switzerland from Germany near Basel. (I need to obtain high alcohol spirits above 50% not for drinking but for plant tinctures, and apparently I can get high proof rum in Germany, whereas I have not found high % drinks in CH apart from Absinthe which is not suitable).

So anyone know where I can find a bottle shop near the border as I have never driven this route before? Is there one actually at the border or should we pop into town?

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Re: Looking for bottle shop at Basel-Germany border (with strong stuff)

Hey Muze,


wouldn't high/pharm grade ethanol be best for making tinctures, particularly if it's for a homeopathic?

(i'm pretty sure that's what my naturopath friends say)

I guess you could get this from an apothecary or chem supply house pending restrictions given alternate use. (it's banned to the public in australia and we have to account for every milliltire used in the lab.)

what are you brewing up?
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Re: Looking for bottle shop at Basel-Germany border (with strong stuff)

I'm not sure what you mean by a "bottle shop", but there are quite a few grocery stores with decent booze selections in Weil am Rhein.

There's Neukauf, on the Haputstrasse, roughly 1km from the border. Immediately at the border - but always a crowded madhouse - is Marktkauf. Those would probably be your best choices in the immediate area.
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Re: Looking for bottle shop at Basel-Germany border (with strong stuff)

you can get MEDIZINAL ALKOHOL at 70% ( i think even higher than that) at every Apotheke (pharmacy)in switzerland,though it's quite expensive,I buy and use it when making Limoncello.
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Re: Looking for bottle shop at Basel-Germany border (with strong stuff)

Thanks guys. I talked to the pharmacist assistant who said the medicinal alcohol contains camphor to make it unsuitable for ingestion. This would be relevant for my tinctures, as they are not homeopathic but full strength, so you would ingest the camphor which is not good.

At uni we have clean alcohol but you cannot use that for private use, and I think lay people cannot obtain it by themselves.

However, in Germany they sell Bacardi 151 which is 75% alchohol, so I figured that would work (although I'd prefer a cleaner alcohol like a wodka). So I will check out Marktkauf .

The higher strength tinctures are for Vitex and Silymarin, although I have also been brewing up some bird flu cocktails but they only require regular wodka
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