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Space station used for distillery experiments

Posted on Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Experts have been researching how a weightless environment could affect whisky maturation.

The experiment involved sending compounds of unmatured malt and particles of charred oak to the International Space Station aboard a cargo vessel to observe how they interact, it is hoped that the results will help businesses understand more about the influence of gravity on the maturation process.

"By doing this microgravity experiment on the interaction of terpenes and other molecules with the wood samples provided by Ardbeg, we will learn much about flavours, even extending to applications like food and perfume," said Michael Johnson of NanoRacks LLC.

"Experiments using malt from the Ardbeg distillery on Islay are being carried out on the International Space Station to see how it matures without gravity."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 10 April, 2012, 15:27
Im trying to imagine a bunch of drunk astronauts on a space station .....wait ,that was Red Dwarf .
Comment icon #2 Posted by trancelikestate on 11 April, 2012, 13:58
space whiskey? sweet!
Comment icon #3 Posted by C.J. on 12 April, 2012, 4:24
1 part space space whiskey,1 part cosmic cola,and a 2 comet ice cubes. Enjoy.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zarifa on 12 April, 2012, 13:54
I was wondering how the 1% was going to provide for the need for alcohol once they bug out to the Goldilocks Zone.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lady Llayne on 12 April, 2012, 14:03
I rate the Russians will love this
Comment icon #6 Posted by lightly on 12 April, 2012, 19:43
It's research. The extensive testing of the distilled spirits will be all , uh, docunemted and .. everthinng
Comment icon #7 Posted by 747400 on 12 April, 2012, 19:56
I'm glad to see that some positive benefits for mankind are still coming out of the space program, feeble as it may be.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Arawyn on 17 April, 2012, 12:52
hmmm... whisky...rum...pirates... SPACE PIRATES! Jack Sparrow in space! I can see it now... *imagines Jack Sparrow floating around in space station, trying to snag a bottle of Rum floating by him*

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