I may try tincturing without smashing it and see if the alcohol will dissolve the piece I have – but until I receive more I am hanging on to what I have left for clients. I have some at a lower % at around 92% instead of my usual 96% but I am a bit shy of using this for the hyraceum as it may harbour bacteria because of the higher water content so I am inclined to wait a little longer till I get supplies. My supplier has changed hands and altho want to help they are nervous so I am back to the Customs and excise which I telephoned and confirmation hasn’t changed on the status but I am awaiting hard copy from them so I can send to the suppliers. The times I have gone through this is so frustrating….all in the name of organic beet undenatured alcohol.