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  • Gregory H. Miller


Spirits stored in wooden barrels “mature” over time: in addition to color change, certain negative characteristics diminish, and new beneficial characteristics develop. Slight changes occur when spirits are stored in glass bottles, but these are negligible compared to the changes occurring in barrels. Consequently, maturation is intimately related to the chemistry and transport properties of wood.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory H. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, Professor of Chemical EngineeringDavisUSA

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