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What is the difference between beer, spirits and wine? The first and most obvious answer is their main ingredient. Beer and many spirits such as whisky are made around grains, while wine and similar beverages are derived from grapes. But these products differ far beyond what they appear to be, and can be traced back to how they were made. Generally speaking, there are three main types of alcoholic beverages – brewed, distilled and brewed. Brewing is of course how beer is made. Distilled beverages include alcohol – whiskey, tequila, vodka, etc. There are usually several steps in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages, but they are not necessarily used by every sector. They are malted, ground, mashed, filtered, boiled, fermented, filtered and distilled.

Malting is the process of soaking the grain (that is, barley) in water, germinating and drying it. Both beer and grain are grain-derived products. Germination is essentially the process of how a seed grows into a plant. It is then dried and some people also roast the grains. One of the most important purposes of germination is to produce enzymes, such as alpha-amylase and beta-amylase, that convert starch into sugars. It can also complicate color and flavor. Breweries mix malt extract with water to form a solution called wort, which is a staple in most brewing industries. Brewers will add their own unique blend of other ingredients to create their signature beer types and flavors. The wort mixture is boiled to allow the proteins to aggregate, and the brewer can take the necessary steps to ensure that none of the protein remaining in the liquid creates an unpleasant taste. After that, it is cooled and lowered to the proper temperature. Cooling the wort is very important; since the next step is to add yeast to ferment the beer, heating kills the yeast. Malt distilled beverages, on the other hand, typically use corn and/or rye as catalysts to produce sugar; and pre-malt substances, which reduce the viscosity of the solution and reduce the risk of caking. Saccharification is the technical term for the mixing and heating of grains to activate starch into sugars. In the case of brewing and distillation; malting/mashing achieves the purpose of breaking down the grain into sugar and ultimately alcohol.


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Then there's milling. Grinding, or some variation of grinding, is used in all three areas of the alcoholic beverage world. For beer, milling crushes the grain in preparation for the mashing process. It is very similar to the use of grain distilled products. As for wine, no grains are involved in the winemaking process, but the crushing of grapes is a closely related process that can be considered a winery counterpart.

Filtration and boiling are two steps unique to the brewing industry. Filtration separates the wort from the grain and provides the brewer with the opportunity to dilute the liquid to the optimum alcohol content. Boiling is self-explanatory—it heats and sterilizes the wort; hops and other ingredients are then added to create the flavors, flavors and undertones the brewery is after.

While filtering and boiling are only used for brewing, fermentation is a commonly used procedure. For breweries, this is when yeast is added to the wort. In distilled beverages, the basic ingredients may vary {grains, fruit, etc.}; but fermentation always occurs when yeast is added to the mix. In the case of winemaking, yeast is mixed with crushed grapes; the fermentation process is initiated. After the product is fermented - aged with the wine - it is filtered to remove any impurities that may be present in the mixture. Distilleries rarely filter their products in a similar fashion, because due to the nature of their process, this is not required. Finally, we arrive at distillation. As the name suggests, it exists only in the distilled beverage production industry.


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Perhaps one of the most common concerns may revolve around the tingling/burning sensation that some distilled beverages can cause. Few - if any - beers produce this feeling. Therefore, it makes sense in some cases to assume that burns are only present in beverages with a higher alcohol content; this is not necessarily true. It happens because alcohol pulls a small amount of absorbed moisture from the skin, and the burning sensation is some kind of notification to the body that it's slightly drier than before. It also dilates blood vessels, which creates a warm feeling after the drink passes through the throat. While this may sound very harmful due to dehydration of skin cells, as long as the drink is enjoyed responsibly and not in excess, it's really not a problem.

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