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October 2005
When is a Filtration a Distillation?
How to interpret federal regulations pertaining to volatile acidity removal and reverse osmosis.
by Curtis Phillips
The definition of a distillation is to separate a volatile component of a liquid by boiling the liquid and then condensing the resulting vapor. Unfortunately, this commonplace definition of a distillation does not cover some possible "winery" operations that are considered distillations by federal regulators. In the U.S., distillation and winemaking operations fall under different sets of rules. Distillations must occur in distilled spirits plants (DSPs) while wine is made in bonded wineries (...
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