How Is Whiskey Made?

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Reactions took a field trip to learn about the chemistry involved in distilling whiskey. Yes there’s all sorts of science in this delicious drink. Since water and ethanol, along with tasty flavors, have different boiling points, they can be separated by carefully heating the mash that starts off every whiskey. Each distillery carefully protects their still design, engineered to create their signature liquor. The strongest flavors take aging, but might some innovative whiskey makers find a way to hack maturation time?

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Elaine Seward

Sam Lemonick

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Raychelle Burks, Ph.D.

Scientific consultants:
Paul Hughes, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers

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Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others’ butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it’s OK to pee in the pool? We’ve got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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