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Can alcohol (ethanol) exist in nature without the intervention of man?
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All fruit when crushed or rotten will have naturally occurring alcohol. As long as there is sugar, yeast and water alcohol will happen. Most commercially purchased fruit juice has a small amount of ...

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How long will an opened bottle of whisky last while stored under ideal conditions?
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Whisky will never go bad after it's opened and kept closed and away from sunlight. How should I store my Scotch Whisky? Unlike wine, whisky does not mature in the bottle. So even if you keep a 12 ...

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Made from flowers?
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There are no alcoholic beverages made from the "nectar" of flowers per se. It would be very difficult/expensive to collect 100% flower nectar straight from flowers in sufficient quantities to make a ...

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Why Fox Grape wines (like Izabella/Isabella) are forbidden on EU market?
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It's a fairly long story, but here goes... First "Fox Grapes" are American grapes. There are several species of vitis that are used for wine production. I think in this case it's vitis labrusca. So,...

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Can I re-cork a beer bottle?
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Yes, you can do this just like a bottle of sparkling wine. It should keep the beer for a couple of days, but not forever. Sometimes the corks don't work great, so I would buy a Champagne bottle ...

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Why is this wine so expensive?
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There are several things going on. Mouton Rothschild is on of the few "first growth" Bordeaux wineries. All of them are highly collectible. New bottles go for between $600 and $700 for Mouton ...

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Which temperature should be recommended in serving wine?
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Here is my take on serving wine at a variety of temperatures and colors after years and years of serving wine and drinking it. Remember storing wine and serving wine are two different things. All ...

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Does adding honey to bottled wine increase the alcohol content?
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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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When and why did wineries start diluting wine?
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There are several factors at play here. If we think about how grapes were maintained hundreds or thousands of years ago, it was kind of a slapdash affair. In the beginning they probably just grabbed ...

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What should I do when my wine's cork crumbles?
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The best way to take out bad corks is with an Ah So. Keeps the crumbly corks together better. Instead of picking at the cork, push it back into the bottle and then strain the wine through a ...

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Do wines from grafted vine stock taste different from non-grafted?
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Oh... something I am a real expert at! You are mixing your context when calling vines hybrids. There are three ways you can grow grapes for fruit. 100% original "own rooted" vines, grafted vines and ...

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What causes my stuffy nose after drinking alcohol?
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I'll keep it simple. All three of those alcoholic drinks have something different in them. You said wine and booze don't do it very much yet beer makes you stuffy. Hops are very well know to cause ...

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What's the point of drinking light booze?
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The effects of alcohol are well known. It makes you relax, uninhibited and generally have a good time up to a point. I once had a couple of friends that would order their Coors Light beer on crushed ...

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Can wine be made from all edible fruits?
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Yes, wine can pretty much be made from all edible fruit, including tomatoes. But the reason we make wine out of grapes is three fold. Sugar, tannins and acids. Sugar. Grapes produce the highest ...

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Strong drink at the time of St John the Baptist
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There were two types of drinks back in that time. Beer and Wine. Both hardly resembled what they are today. Beer was very weak, under 4% alcohol, while wine was probably in the normal range of 12-14%. ...

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What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?
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You want a mildly flavored, low hop beer for something like this. I would suggest a Kolsch or Helles Lager or a Mild. Pilsners can be heavily hopped. I have done a lot of this with wines when I taught ...

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Germany loves to drink Glühwein (warm wine) in Winter, where else in the world do they practice that?
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Glühwein is part of a larger category of heated and spiced wines called Mulled Wines. They are popular all over Europe and go by more names than I can cite here. The tradition is first recorded in ...

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Nowadays do wine makers use squeeze-by-feet method for grape juice extraction to make wine?
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Very few people stomp grapes anymore for commercial winemaking. There are some wineries that still do it, I've heard of several in burgundy. Maybe some really old world stuff in Eastern Europe. The ...

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Are ALL keg beer non-pasteurized?
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Beer kegged in the USA is usually stored cold and consumed quickly. Therefore, sterile filtration is all that's needed. To make it stable in a wider variety of temperatures, especially shipping it ...

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Can home-brewed mead be dangerous?
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If you are using honey, water and yeast. Then the answer is NO. But alcohol is a poisonous substance if not used properly. You cannot make it strong enough to "poison" you in the traditional sense. ...

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How to select upper-tier whiskies without trying them first?
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No. There is no "objective" way to map your tastes to what is in the bottle. It's purely a subjective exercise. There is also this website Master of Malt Samples that might be able to ship 3cl ...

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Can white wine and red wine be kept in the same cellar?
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All wine that you want to age for a long time should be kept at the same temperature. The difference in temperatures come when you want to serve the wine. White should be served at a lower temperature ...

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Why would an aged beer explode?
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I've been homebrewing and winemaking for almost 25 years and there are 3 reasons why a bottle might explode. Too much sugar for the secondary fermentation in the bottle. Homebrewers do this ALL THE ...

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Why do you call some wines by region and other wines by grapes varietal?
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This is a historical thing. In Europe in the ye olden days, there was no separation between where someone grew the grapes and what the wine was called, ie Burgundy, Chianti, Bordeaux, Rioja. In most ...

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Can wine be made from raisins?
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There are two ways to make wine from raisins. Soak the raisins in water and boil and then macerate, ferment and separate the solids from the wine and age. You can make something close to wine. Most ...

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Is a bottle of Sake that was open for roughly two years safe to drink?
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It's safe to drink. I don't think you want to drink it or cook with it. The rule of thumb if it tastes bad, why would you cook with it? The chances that it actually tastes good at this point are about ...

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Vinometer reads 16% while SG says that can't be possible
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Vinometers don't work on beer or wine with residual sugars. You need to use a hydrometer. Vinometers only works with dry wine.

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Is it safe to drink a four decades old champagne?
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Simple answer is yes! The more complex answer is that it might not taste all that great but I've had some aged sparkling wines that were 10+ years old and were quite nice. But having lost it's ...

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Disposable glass for flaming shots?
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Plastic will melt really quickly. Glass might even shatter if it's not the proper type. You need something made out of Pyrex (or similar type glass). I couldn't find Pyrex shot glasses, but they do ...

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How Are Wines Blended?
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I have pretty extensive experience blending wine in my winery over 15 years. There are two types of blends. Pre-fermentation and post-fermentation. The pre-fermentation is usually called a "field ...

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