The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

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The science of alcohol

6 Summary of Week 1

Week 1 introduced you to what alcohol is from a chemical perspective and how alcohol is introduced into drink using the fermentation reaction.

You should now be able to:

  • describe the ethanol molecule and distinguish it from other alcohols
  • explain why ethanol is easily absorbed into the body
  • describe some of the basic chemical reactions that ethanol can undergo
  • discuss the fermentation reaction, and the conditions that affect it
  • depict how early human civilisations used alcohol and its effect on their culture.

Next week you will learn more about how one particular type of alcoholic drink is produced – the process of brewing to manufacture beer.

You can now go to Week 2 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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