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Beverage alcohol from lactose

Is lactose a suitable sugar for beverage alcohol production? I've had trouble finding examples of it's use for this purpose. Any knowledge anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Look at Vermont Spirits White Vodka.

http://www.vermontspirits.com/site.html#/home

Cheers,

Drew


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I don't think lactose is fermentable by itself, but must be converted to simple sugars by enzyme. If I remember from high school biology correctly, I believe the enzyme is beta lactase.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactase


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Lactose is unfermentable. Brewers use it to make milk stout which os often referred to as sweet stout since the lactose is unfermentable the final product retains sweetness. Cheers.


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Is lactose a suitable sugar for beverage alcohol production? I've had trouble finding examples of it's use for this purpose. Any knowledge anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Lactose Distillation has been done for many years in New Zealand - over 20,000,000 litres a year.

"The technology to process deproteinated whey into ethyl alcohol was developed in Europe

about 20 years ago and was purchased from Ireland by the Anchor Ethanol Company in the

late 1970s. Since that time two plants have been established, at Tirau (using a continuous

fermentation process) and Reporoa (using a batch fermentation process). The combined

annual production of these two plants is 11 000 000 litres of ethanol. Two further

independent distilleries based on whey have subsequently been built in New Zealand,

producing an additional 6 000 000 litres. "

http://nzic.org.nz/ChemProcesses/dairy/3H.pdf


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The best known example probably is Mongolian kumis, made from mare's milk.