International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Chemistry of Whiskey

Activity by Monica Metzler   |   added on May 16, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Illinois Science Council and Koval Distillery, Chicago, Illinois

Chemistry of whiskey is a unique program for the adult public to open people's minds to thinking about chemistry in unexpected ways. Held at the distillery, a professor of chemistry will address chemical reactions in the distillation process and how various flavors are achieved.

Chemistry of Whiskey

Perhaps you enjoy the occasional (or frequent) glass of whiskey.  But do you know making that delicious, aromatic beverage requires proper operation of the dephlegmator, the condenser and the whiskey helmet?  Of course you don't.  But you should.  You should also know there are precise chemical reactions taking place to distill that lovely liquid that they did not teach you in high school chemistry.  (If they did teach you, we want to know where you went to high school!)


So think and drink responsibly!  Get your head in the game, your heart in the right place and your tail over to Koval Distillery (those were subliminal whiskey terms, fyi).  ISC is offering a unique workshop on the Chemistry of Whiskey, Thursday, June 9, led by Dr. Shelby Hatch, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University, with the good folks at Koval Distillery, the first boutique distillery located in Chicago. 


Register now – at -- space is very limited!  For only $15 you’ll learn about the first (legal) whiskey distilled in Chicago since Prohibition and the entire distilling process.  No science prerequisites necessary, or whiskey drinking experience, but you must be 21 or older. 

Topic: chemistry, whiskey, alcohol, workshops, demonstrations Audience: general public
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