Facts About Alcoholic Beverages

When discussing DUI defense, it is important to have knowledge of the causes of intoxication.  What many people do not know is that people as far back as 10,000 B.C have used alcoholic beverages.  Early on, people discovered that certain domesticated grains and fruits could be converted into alcoholic beverages which could be used for religious purposes, daily nutrition, or pleasure.

Early on, people discovered that grains and fruits could be converted to alcoholic beverages through two processes.  First the grains and fruits can be fermented.  During the fermentation process, wines can be produced.  Both red and white grapes can be used to produce red or white wines.  White wines are not always produced by white grapes and vice versa for red wines.  The color of a wine is actually determined by the length of time the skins are left in the fermenting must.

Beer can also be created through the fermentation process.  Beer is a malted and hopped beverage.  Cereal grains are allowed to ferment for four weeks, although this timeframe can be shorted through the addition of Gibberellic acid.  The grains will begin a germination process where the enzymes from the grains are converted to sugars.  This allows the fermentation process to occur.

The second process for converting fruits and grains is the distillation process.  This occurs when the concentration of ethyl alcohol has been increased beyond that of the original fermentation process.  Alcoholic beverages like brandy, whiskey, vodka, rum, and scotch are created through the distillation process.

When choosing a DUI defense attorney, you should always look for someone well versed in all aspects of DUI defense.  While it may seem trivial, a DUI defense attorney who is knowledgeable about the history and processes of alcoholic beverages may be able to provide a defense to your case not thought of by other attorneys.  You should contact Parkman White, LLP to speak with one of our DUI defense attorneys.