About the Distilling Process of Bourbon & Whiskey

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The distilling process of bourbon and whiskey involves boiling the fermented liquid, allowing the alcohol to evaporate into tubes and condensing the vapor. Understand how bourbon and whiskey is distilled with information from a professional bartender in this free video on alcohol.

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The distillation process for whiskey and bourbon and Scotch whiskey and Canadian whiskey, Japanese whiskey, it's all exactly the same. So, once you have the fermented liquid, the next step is to actually distill it. And what happens here is, that liquid is boiled, and the alcohol evaporates. But, you capture that alcohol vapor in tubes, and it's been cooled. And then, as it's cooled, it condenses back into a liquid, again. And, naturally, this liquid is a much higher alcohol content than that of the stuff which you just boiled. So, you end up with, a lot of the time, what they'll do is, they'll distill it a few times, and you get a very pure form of this alcohol. Very high in alcohol. And then, a lot of the time, they'll just add purified water to it to bring it back down to roughly, you know, eighty proof. The color of these whiskeys, however, does not come from this process. It comes after, when it's put into casks and is matured.

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