Malt Whisky Distillation Process:

Fermentation 

The wort is cooled and transferred to washbacks, large vats where yeast is added and the process of fermentation begins. The chemical reaction which takes place with the addition of the yeast converts the sugars in the wort to alcohol, a process which takes around two days and results in a low-strength alcoholic liquid now called wash.

Carol P. Shaw, Whisky. HarperCollins, 1993.

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