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How do they get beer so strong?

Primarily through the use of freeze distillation. After the beer is brewed, using the normal process, the temperature is brought down below the freezing point of water, but above the freezing point ...
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Does adding honey to bottled wine increase the alcohol content?

Highly unlikely that the alcohol went up. Four reasons. The alcohol already in the wine is a barrier for the yeast to re-ferment. The sulfites in the wine could inhibit refermentation if it hasn't ...
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Does adding honey to bottled wine increase the alcohol content?

It's pretty unlikely. Given that it was a commercial wine I don't there was much live, viable yeast in the bottle. Particularly if sulfites were added, triggering additional fermentation would ...
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Why are spirits typically 40% ABV?

There is indeed a EU Regulation No 110/2008 about "the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks" which prescribes the minimal ...
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Why does ABV have to be above 40% in the USA?

Simply, it's a legal requirement to differentiate between different types of alcoholic beverages for the purposes of taxation, licensing and permitting, and labeling requirements. In the U.S., this ...
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Does adding honey to bottled wine increase the alcohol content?

The feeling of alcoholicity, at tasting, is very dependant of many factors, such as temperature of beverage, sugar, glycerol and a few other molecules content, and of course personal abilities of the ...
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How do they get beer so strong?

Number 3 and number 4 in your list is actually getting its high ABV by adding pure ethanol. The brewery didn't admit this at first, but eventually they admitted to be adding ethanol to get the high ...

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