The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

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The science of alcohol

5 Summary of Week 8

In this final week of the course you have learned about how modern analytical chemistry techniques are used throughout the brewing and distillation industries to check product quality. You have also learned about how the presence of alcohol can be detected using a variety of techniques and the chemistry that underlies these.

You should now be able to:

  • illustrate the importance of product protection
  • describe how a hydrometer works to measure specific gravity
  • discuss how modern analytical instruments are used towards product protection
  • explain how a breathalyser works and how the presence of alcohol can be detected in commonly-used roadside tests.

Congratulations, you have now completed this free 8 week course. In learning about the science of alcohol you have been introduced to some fundamentals of chemistry and biology which you may wish to explore further.

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