Aspiration Units in Distilleries

I spent one year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Mexico. While there I was able to live with three different Mexican families, learn Spanish, go to school and participate in cultural celebrations such as the Mexican Independence Day and Flag Day. I ate as much Mexican food as humanly possible, from tostadas to tacos to enchiladas to burritos to quesadillas and so on and so forth. I traveled extensively throughout the country and absolutely fell in love with it. Another aspect of Mexican culture and tradition that I learned to appreciate was tequila.

On one of our exchange student excursions was to a tequila distillery in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. Distillation is the evaporation and the immediate collection of a liquid through condensation. This is used as a method of purification for water, for example. Distillation can also be the extraction of volatile components of a mixture through the condensation and collection of vapors that are produced at as a mixture is heated. These methods are used for many items such as gin, vodka, whiskey and scotch.

The distillation process uses vacuum pumps. Aspiration units and high vacuum pumps can both be found in the distillery system. The process would be ineffective without these pumps. Beers, wines and cider are not made using a distilling process. The term “hard liquor” has been coined to reference distilled beverages such as tequila, gin, vodka and whiskey. Beverages that are not distilled include all beers, wines and ciders. The word “spirit” in reference to alcohol also refers to distilled beverages.

Industrial distillation includes petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants and natural gas processing plants. This type of distillation keeps cars running, houses heated and innovation coming. Distillation is important in our daily lives because it keeps us going during the day and winds us down at night.