I know Sorbitol, $\ce{C_6H_14O_6}$ $$\ce {C(OH)H_2 (C(OH)H)_4C(OH)H_2}$$is soluble in water however I did not have much luck finding out whether or not it is soluble in ethanol. My guess is that it isn't however I am not so sure.

Is Sorbitol soluble in ethanol?

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    $\begingroup$ Did you see this? $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2015 at 20:33
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    $\begingroup$ The case is very similar as in chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/19598/… $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 19, 2015 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ Hallo Klaus, das ist ja toll! Bei den Grünen ist die Messung von ein paar Löslichkeiten also Wissenschaft? $\endgroup$
    – Georg
    Mar 19, 2015 at 21:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Georg I see that with less sarcasm ;) True, the measurements won't qualify for a publication in J. Phys. Chem., but sometimes it's exactly the fundamental data one is looking for. No fancy interpretation, just the boring data, a well-described, reproducible setup and a careful experimenter. This is even more true if a survey covers a whole series of compounds under identical conditions (which admittedly isn't the case here). $\endgroup$ Mar 20, 2015 at 5:44

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Sorbitol's solubility in ethanol seems to be very temperature dependent according to the Merck Index$^{[1]}$

Freely sol in water (up to 83%); sol in methanol, isopropanol, butanol, cyclohexanol, phenol, acetone, acetic acid, dimethylformamide, pyridine, acetamide solutions; practically insoluble in most other org solvents; quite soluble in hot alcohol, sparingly soluble in cold alcohol

1) O'Neil, M.J. (ed.). The Merck Index - An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck and Co., Inc., 2006., p. 1498


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