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Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer
Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

We are discussing hereThis post will focus on how technology affects wine, spirits, and beer.

We’ll provide you with information about how alcohol is made, the traditional processes that are still

important today, and how technology has changed what you drink.

The original process of making wine was to crush grapes and then allow them to ferment.

This would produce grape juice which contains about 14% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Grape sugar creates glucose during fermentation which consumes the sugar’s oxygen molecules to form ethanol.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine Spirits Beer

Fermentation speeds up when yeast cells consume sugar for food releasing energy in the process which causes bubbles to form in the grape juice which are carbon dioxide bubbles that work as a preservative.

The first step in making spirits is to create a mash, which is just the grape juice and the addition of yeast.

Because it contains alcohol, it needs to be distilled.

Distillation heats the mash and causes alcohol to boil until it becomes a vapor.

The purer the alcohol, the higher the pressure necessary to boil it.

As such, distillation can be done with things like copper stills as well as with machines such as stills made of glass and metal as well as with electricity used for steam distillation.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer
Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine Spirits Beer

Some companies have developed a machine called a continuous still.

This machine allows the mash to be heated in a column and will continuously remove impurities.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Continuous stills do not have the same flavor profile as traditional stills because they produce purer alcohol, but they can create greater yields.

To create whiskey or brandy, the next step is aging.

In today’s world, this step is usually done in stainless steel containers that are built close to scale for storing large quantities of fluids and wine.

This way you can make more at once and keep it on hand more easily than with larger barrels which makes more sense for smaller operations like artisanal distilleries or microbreweries.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine Spirits Beer

Before alcohol can be made into wine or beer, it needs to be fermented.

Beer is made by fermenting grain that has been steeped in water containing yeast.

This step takes place at ambient temperatures between 20-65 degrees Fahrenheit until the yeast works its magic and begins to eat up the sugar.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

The yeast is then transferred to a large tank (called a “wort”) and the process of fermentation ensures that all of the sugar in the wort is consumed as alcohol.

Wines are made from grapes that have been crushed then fermented out with yeast before being bottled and sealed for preservation.

For most wines, there is alcohol at alcohol levels higher than what you would find in spirits.

But most wines are actually between 9-16% ABV with the most common being around 13%.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine Spirits Beer

Although this process hasn’t changed much over the years, technology has improved the wine-making process by

making equipment easier to access and better tools for creating a better product.

Wineries have access to new machinery that makes it easier to harvest grapes and also separates them from their stems.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

With this machinery, you don’t need as many human hands and can therefore increase production and keep costs low.

Another benefit of this machinery is that the grapes harvested are cleaner than those harvested by hand and thus

produce a purer product which translates to higher profits for those who use it.

Some of the processes used to make wine are still done by hand. For example, barrel tasting can be done by hand

or even with simple tools like perforated metal discs that are pushed into the barrel to release the flavor

compounds.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

The grapes are also pressed manually which brings out more flavors in the wine due to the expansion of pressure

with each drop of juice dripping down through the pours.

This is important for wines that aren’t produced on a large scale where you don’t want to lose too much flavor by

pressing out too much juice at once or having it thrown away with all of its flavors pressed out.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

Technology Enhances Wine Spirits Beer

The interesting thing is that although much of the technology has changed, many people continue to drink wine

and beer the traditional way.

This means that you can still find places around the world to enjoy making wine and beer off-grid by hand.

There are also ways to make wine at home using equipment like wine press kits which are simple to make even

without knowledge about what all of these pieces are for.

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits, Beer

You will not only be able to make your wines, beers, or spirits but you will also have a unique product that is unique to you.

So keep an eye out for these things throughout your travels.

What do you think about technology influencing wine, spirits, and beer?

Have you ever tried making your wine at home? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

We would love to hear from you.

Sources: International Journal of Wine Business Research, Wine Folly, Tech Cocktail, Science World Report.

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