Engraving of a 17th century whisky distillery

Engraving of a 17th century whisky distillery

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Caption: Whisky distillery. Engraving of distillation apparatus used in 1690 to make whisky. Whisky is made by concentrating the alcohol content of beer by heating it in a still (at left). Alcohol is more volatile than water, so there is a greater concentration of it in the vapour than there is in the remaining fluid. The vapour passes out of the top of the still in a pipe and into a condenser, which is a barrel of water here (at centre right). The vapour in the pipe cools, condenses back into a liquid and runs out of the pipe for collection in a pot (at right). This fluid is then placed in barrels for a certain length of time to mature, giving the whisky its own, distinctive flavour.

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