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The Importance of Water in Alcohol Distillation

Water’s Importance in Alcohol Distillation Water plays a pivotal role in whiskey distillation. It’s used in malting processes, for diluting before bottling (except cask strength releases) and driving steam-power distillation stills – as well as having indirect influences such as temperature. Water’s chemical composition has an enormous influence on the flavor of finished whiskey, which […]

How to Reduce Energy Consumption in Distillation

Distillation is one of the highest energy users within industrial plants, yet one of the more challenging areas to optimize efficiency. However, many practical energy improvement strategies exist which can significantly lower energy use during distillation processes. Reducing energy use during distillation can save operating costs, lower emissions and eventually lessen our country’s dependence on […]

The Future of Technology in Alcohol Distillation

Distillation has long been the go-to separation method in chemical process industries and small fuel alcohol plants alike, serving as an efficient separation technique that requires no special training to design directly. While its popularity remains undiminished by climate change concerns, industrial designers are searching for more energy-efficient separation techniques. The greatest strides have been […]

How to Adapt Traditional Distillation Methods

Distillation is the practice of extracting individual components from a liquid mixture by heating it to its boiling point and allowing its constituent vapors to collect separately and be collected by condensed streams. Distillation is most frequently employed to separate water from alcohol for production of spirits, but can also be applied to fermented substances […]

Alcohol Distillation in Traditional Cultures

Alcohol distillation is an ancient practice dating back to at least 2000 BC in China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia where it was employed to create balms, essences, perfumes and balms. Distillation uses hot liquid to evaporate away unwanted components of mixtures leaving only desired alcohol behind – an economical solution suitable for large or small scale […]

Alcohol Distillation’s Impact on the Environment

From its cultivation on farms to your glass, booze has an enormous carbon footprint. Growing grains, grapes, potatoes, cane sugar, botanicals and agave used in your sixteen dollar martini requires water, energy and fertilizer use; and distillation involves using additional energy when boiling it down to ethanol for fermentation. Alcohol distillation’s environmental impacts are often […]

The Role of pH in Alcohol Distillation

People familiar with brewing or distilling will understand the significance of pH when measuring solutions, with water acting as the neutral marker at pH 7. pH can be measured using simple tools such as pH papers which use color-coded dye to react with hydrogen ions in samples to provide an indication of concentration levels of […]

The Step-By-Step Alcohol Distillation Process

Few natural ferments achieve 100% conversion of sugar molecules to alcohol because the yeast would die in such an adverse environment. Distillation separates out 15-16% alcohol by heating above its boiling point (typically around 79.4 Celsius or 175 Fahrenheit) vaporizing and then cooling via condensation into higher proof distilled products. A still is a large […]

The Impact of Distillation on the Spirit’s Character

Distillation’s primary goal is to separate alcohol from water and volatile components known as congeners. Congeners influence the spirit’s character and can come from various sources including cultivar used for mashing, fermentation procedure and yeast strain used, storage of fermented wash prior to distillations processes and maturation processes – keeping what you like and discarding […]

Alcohol Distillation and Its Health Effects

Alcohol distillation is one of the oldest known industrial processes. It involves vaporising water before condensing it back into liquid state to produce spirits; distillation also provides fuel alcohol for use in internal combustion engines. Distillation has long been used recreationally as well as being an anesthetic (a drug which causes unconsciousness or reduced pain […]

The Psychology of Alcohol Distillation

Alcohol distillation is one of the many separation processes used to separate out components from a mixture. Although energy intensive, distillation plays a vital role in both industrial and household applications. Alcoholic beverages that we know and enjoy go through a process known as distillation to concentrate their alcohol content. Liquor, more commonly referred to […]

Alcohol Distillation Vs Fermentation

Alcohol distillation is an industry standard method of liquid separation used in industries like fuel and spirits production that concentrates liquids to higher proof beverages than their fermented versions. The process entails heating fermented liquid past its boiling point to turn it into vapor before cooling it and collecting in separate containers for subsequent collection […]

How to Balance Flavors in Distilled Cocktails

Mixing cocktails requires striking the delicate balance between sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and savory tastes and textures in your creations. This includes finding appropriate proportions for all ingredients – as well as understanding how they interact together – in order to produce delectable drinks with just the right blend of flavor and texture. There are […]