If you have been treating all your alcoholic beverages the same way then it is time to wake up and smell your liquor since all alcohol liquor uses specific processes before it can touch your lips. Your love for wine, beer or other alcoholic spirits will also be infused with respect once you understand as to how each fermented drink reaches your table.
Alcohol or ethanol is manufactured in various strengths depending on the infusion of all key ingredients, the type of yeast used in ethanol fermentation or alcohol fermentation, and the temperature that is maintained during brewing. All alcoholic beverages need to pass through a brewing process that involves milling, mashing, fermenting, filtering, and in some cases even distilling the brew mash or wort before it is finally polished for perfect smoothness, and packed for consumption. However, these processes vary during fermented beverage production based on the alcohol drink that needs to be produced.
For example, while preparing wine, fruits such as grapes are crushed and pressed, and the extracted juice is collected to form the desired mash, which is then infused with the right amount of yeast to start primary fermentation. This process could take a couple of weeks and once the sugars present in grapes are converted into ethanol then the fermented alcohol is now ready for secondary fermentation and aging. This process could last from just a few months to several years depending on the wine that needs to be produced as the final product. The final wine needs to undergo a Brix test before it can be allowed to touch your lips. Wine has several health benefits as long as you consume this alcohol drink in moderate amounts.
On the other hand, although the production of beer requires slightly similar processes, the beer mash is usually heated after its main ingredients, namely malt barley or wheat, water, and hops are mixed together in a beer mash to form the wort. This wort is then cooled down before brewer’s yeast is added. The final process requires filtering the fermented beer before packing it in cans, kegs and bottles. Beer too is mild alcohol liquor as compared to alcohol spirits such as whiskey, vodka or rum. Thus you should ensure that you increase or reduce the quantity of your liquor before you consume it so that it does not end up jeopardizing your judgment in any manner.
Whiskey is one such strong alcohol that is also made from grains such as barley, rye, wheat, etc. However, this heady alcohol needs to pass through the distillation process where the liquid id boiled until the desired alcohol is separated and then cooled down again in the condensation process. Most whiskies have very high proof levels and you should be able to hold down such strong liquor if you plan to consume it on a regular basis. Most alcoholic beverages provide several health benefits only when they are consumed in moderation.
These processes end up defining the very strength, taste, aroma, and acidity of the resultant alcoholic beverage. Understanding these processes can be useful if you plan to make the same homebrew mash at home. Once you get the gist of how your alcoholic drinks are made then you too can enjoy your chosen alcohol liquor to the fullest from the moment it touches your lips.