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Encyclopedia > Neutral grain spirit

Neutral grain spirits (a.k.a. pure grain alcohol or grain neutral spirits) refers to a clear liquid distilled at a high ethyl alcohol content. The term neutral refers to the substance's neutral odor. The grain from which it is derived can be any of the common cereal grains, though corn may be most common. Many distilled spirits (such as whisky) are distilled at lower alcohol percentages to preserve the flavor of the mash. Essentially, the mash medium used to make neutral grain spirits is irrelevant to the character of the final product. Distillation is a means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points. ... Ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless chemical compound, one of the alcohols that is most often found in alcoholic beverages. ... Cereal crops are mostly grasses cultivated for their edible seeds (actually a fruit called a caryopsis). ... Binomial name Zea mays L. Maize (Zea mays ssp. ... Scotch whisky Whisky (or whiskey) is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grain, often including malt, which has then been aged in wooden barrels. ...


Everclear is one brand of neutral grain spirits sold in the United States. It is almost pure ethanol (95 percent). Pure ethanol is impractical to distribute, as it will naturally draw water from the air. Drinking neutral grain spirits by itself in shots can be harmful over a period of time. It is often used to mix into other beverages, since a few shots will bring an entire pitcher of juice, soft drink, et cetera, up to 5 percent alcohol easily. Everclear is a brand of grain alcohol, available at concentrations of 95% (190 proof ) and 75. ... Juice is the liquid naturally contained in plants. ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ...


See also

Rectified spirit or rectified alcohol is high concentration alcohol purified by the process of rectification. ...

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Neutral grain spirits - definition of Neutral grain spirits in Encyclopedia (137 words)
Neutral Grain Spirits, sold as "Everclear" in the United states is almost pure alcohol.
The term neutral refers to the substance's neutral odor.
The grain from which it is derived can be any of the common cereal grains, though corn may be most common.
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