The Quest for Aqua Vitae: The History and Chemistry of Alcohol from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is one of the most ubiquitous chemical compounds in the history of the chemical sciences. The generation of alcohol via fermentation is also one of the oldest forms of chemical technology, with the production of fermented beverages such as mead, beer and wine predating the smelting of metals. By the 12th century, the ability to isolate alcohol from wine had moved this chemical species from a simple component of alcoholic beverages to both a new medicine and a powerful new solvent. Of course, this ...

The Quest for Aqua Vitae: The History and Chemistry of Alcohol from Antiquity to the Middle Ages 2014, Springer

ISBN-13: 9783319063010

2014 edition

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