# What is the general formula for fermentation?

May 31, 2017

${C}_{6} {H}_{12} {O}_{6} \left(a q\right) \stackrel{\text{Yeast}}{\rightarrow} 2 C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \uparrow + 2 {H}_{3} C - C {H}_{2} O H \left(a q\right)$
Redistill the beer or the wine, and you get some whisky or brandy. The distillate, the liquor, is more concentrated with respect to alcohol. When these liquors are aged in wood barrels or glass, they become very high value products. At one time, these would have been the only medicine available. It is well known that we get the name $\text{whisky}$, from the Gaelic, $\text{uisce beatha}$, which, however you pronounce it, means, the $\text{water of life}$.