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The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

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10 Summary of Week 6

During this week of study, you have been introduced to the process of distillation and how this is used on an industrial scale to produce gin. You will have seen that, although different products are obtained in both brewing and distillation, there are some similarities between the two processes. For example, the nature of the raw materials used very much influences the nature of the final product.

You should now be able to:

  • discuss the economic and historical importance of spirits
  • explain the process of distillation and how it is used to produce alcoholic drinks
  • explain the process by which drinks such as gin are made
  • describe how natural flavours and botanicals are used to produce the unique tastes in the gin industry
  • describe where the futures of both the brewing and distillery industries may be heading.

Next week you are going to return to the impact alcohol can have on human health. In Week 5 you learned about the short-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption. In Week 7, you will see the longer-term effects of consuming excessive alcohol.

You can now go to Week 7 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .