The Chemistry of Alcoholic Beverages

  • Chauncey D. Leake
  • Milton Silverman


Hundreds of thousands of years ago, people presumably became aware that a strange metamorphosis occurred when honey, fruits, berries, cereals and other plant materials were mixed with water and left in the warmth of the sun. The products made from fermented honey were the first meads (perhaps the earliest alcoholic beverages known to human beings; Gayre, 1948), those from fruits and berries were the first wines, and those from cereals were the first beers (Leake, 1963; Roueché, 1960). By the time ancient man was carving his earliest historical reports, these beverages were long known, accepted, and often prized as foods, as magic fluids, and as medicines (Lutz, 1922).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chauncey D. Leake
    • 1
  • Milton Silverman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan FrancisoUSA
  2. 2.Schools of Pharmacy and MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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