What is the difference between beer, rum, brandy, whisky, wine, vodka ?!


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What is the difference between beer, rum, brandy, whisky, wine, vodka ?


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OK, here goes...

Beer is grain (mostly barley) that's had its starches converted to sugar by enzymes in the grain. Yeast is added and the yeast eats the sugars and this converts the sugars to alcohol. Hops is added for flavor, aroma, bitterness, and as a form of preservative.

Whiskey is essentially beer without hops that's been distilled. The ingredients can range from barley, wheat, rye, corn, millet, oats...virtually any starchy cereal grain you can think of can be made into beer and thus whiskey.
Single malt whiskey (whisky for the Scots) is purely barley and distilled at a single distillery.
Bourbon is an American whiskey that has by law >51% corn in its list of ingredients...many will tell you it must be made in Kentucky, but this isn't true, though the vast majority of Bourbon distilleries *are* in Kentucky, there a few exceptions. Time in the barrels also is a factor.
Scotch is simply short for "Scotch Whisky" (with no 'e' in the spelling...they like it this way) and simply refers to whisky made exclusively in Scotland and by law has to be aged 3 or more years in wood casks to be called "Scotch."

Brandy is merely distilled wine. Specialty brandies such as Cognac and Armagnac are made in specific geographic regions and of certain wines to be called such by French Law. This is the same with "Champagne" being exclusively from the Champagne region and all others are "sparkling wine."

Rum is fermented sugar cane juice or molasses that is distilled.

Vodka isn't exclusively from potatoes. In fact, it's increasingly rare that it is made from potatoes in that they are more expensive as an ingredient for the whole distilling cycle. You'll find that most vodkas are distilled from grain...the same as whiskey, but more and more thoroughly so that there is minimal/no flavor left in the distillate. It's also not aged or barreled and therefore remains crystal clear and colorless.

Actually all brown spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum) derive the majority of their color and flavor from the wooden casks that they are aged in. When distilled, they all...yes, *ALL* come out crystal clear and colorless. Caramel color may be added in the cheaper varieties, and dark rums will frequently have molasses added back for a richer flavor (which is not necessarily characteristic of the cheaper varieties).

Tequila is fermented agave juice which is then distilled. The different colors/grades relate to the amount of aging. Like Cognac etc. "Tequila" only comes from a certain region of Mexico, and is exclusively Blue Agave...all others are "Mezcal"

Gin is neutral spirits (like vodka) which are flavored via various methods with primarly juniper berries and also other botanicals.

Ouzo, Pernod, and Absinthe belong to a group of spirits called "Pastis" (I forget the meaning exactly). These are all primarily flavored with anise and liquorice and when water is added, the oils from the infused botanicals un-dissolve and turn the drink milky. Absinthe is unique in that it contanise wormwood as one of its botanicals. Wormwood contains thujone which is a controversial substance which renders it illegal in a majority of countries. It is said to make the drinker hallucinate...often called "seeing the green fairie" as Absinthe is colored green. The truth is that Absinthe is *extremely* alcoholic relative to other spirits (65% alcohol and up) and is traditionally drunk with water poured through a sugar cube (lighting the sugar cube on fire is optional) which reduces the strength for drinking.


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I read way too much


nothing they all get u drunk

With respect to what? Your question needs to be more specific.
The only thing they have in common is that they all contain alcohol. Other than that, there is not much the same.


They all have completely different taste, made of different ingredients, different % of alcohol.
Rum is made from sugarcane
Vodka is made from grains(but can be made from potatos and a number of other things too)
Brandy is wine based

etc


beer and wine are lighter alcohol content...
rum and brandy...are much stronger

whiskey and vodka...are the strongest


Well lets see Beer will make you pee alot, rum is cheaper than brandy, brandy will get you drunk, whiskey will make you puke, wine will get you all giddy and vodka well its great for mixing drinks.

the percent of alchol in the beverage

I'd never thought of this before, but wow! Now I have to know!
I've just lined up a glass of beer, rum, brandy, whisky, wine and vodka. I'll let you know the results.





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