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Know before you sip

April 28, 2008

Drinking Liquor is not considered as a holy thing. I m here just trying to differentiate different alcoholic beverages and this categorization might help in knowing the ingredients of each mixture and also the percentage of alcohol contained in each of them.

Much of the enjoyment of social drinking comes from a knowledge of the different types of alcoholic beverages available.
First here are a few common terms frequently misunderstood:

Alcohol (C2H5OH) the common ingredient of all liquor. There are many types of alcohol, but for beverages only ethyl alcohol is used. Of the several types of ethyl alcohol, those spirits distilled from grain, grapefruit and cane are the most common.

=> GRAIN NEUTRAL SPIRITS – tasteless., colorless alcohol distilled from grain
=> WINE – produced principally from the fermented juice of grapes. It can also be produced from other fruits. The alcoholic content of wine ranges from less than 14 per cent to 21 per cent.
=> BEER – Its categorized under beverages and there are basically 5 types of fermented malt beverages:
+ Lager Beer (about 3.6 % alcohol)
+ Light Beer/Dry Beer – alcohol content lighter than Lager Beer
+ Ale – Heavier & more bitter than Lager Beer (5% of alcohol)
+ Bock Beer – Constitute to about 6% of Alcohol; progressively heavier, darker, richer and sweeter than Lager beer or Ale.
=> Brandy – distilled from a fermented mash of grapes or other fruit.
=> GIN – distilled from grain, receives its flavor and aroma from juniper berries and other botanicals. Most gin are colorless.
=> RUM – distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane, cane syrup and molasses.
=> VODKA – originally made in Russia, from potatoes; but in the United States, vodka is usually distilled from grain, primarily corn and wheat. Vodka is not aged; it is colorless and virtually tasteless and odorless.
=> Whiskey – distilled from a fermented mash of grain (usually corn, rye, barley or wheat), and then aged in oak barrels.

Warning: Drinking is injurious to your health whether its a beverage or alcohol.


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