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perfection161
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:20:04 AM
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There are many -ology words covering the study of so many subjects but i have yet to find a word that covers the study of alcohol and alcoholic beverages

Is there one?

Alcohology, i am told is not an official word

Can you furnish dictionary proof of your suggestion
leonAzul
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:46:10 AM

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There is 'œnology' for the study of the grape. [hic]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oenology
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There is 'mixology', which is the art of making cocktails.

It doesn't sound like a real word, but it is in the dictionary.


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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:59:38 AM

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Judging by this very rapic piece of research, I would have to say there is no -ology, in ths way there is for wine. I would have to go for 'distilling'. (Not distillation, that is chemistry Whistle )

Quote:
International Centre for Brewing & Distilling


The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) is a unique teaching and research facility. The centre is based on a partnership between industry and academics, and makes up part of the School of Life Sciences located in the Riccarton campus of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

The ICBD is the only organisation in the UK to offer both Honours and Masters degrees in Brewing and Distilling. As such, the centre not only supplies the industry with new-blood graduates, but with services, expertise and facilities consistent with the standards required in the local, national, and international markets. A variety of courses are available both on campus and by distance learning and short courses and workshops are catered for on request.

MSc Brewing & Distilling: Full Fee Bursaries

A number of full fee bursaries are available for Scottish domiciled students to study the on campus MSc programme in Brewing & Distilling.


The brewwing is beer-making, and the distilling is spirits (in the case of Scotland, obviously with a nod to whisky.)
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In my university town there used to be an "Institute for Beerology and Hectoliterature" (= a pub). Pray

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IMcRout wrote:
In my university town there used to be an "Institute for Beerology and Hectoliterature" (= a pub). Pray

"Hectoliterature" is an excellent word I hadn't heard before.
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:51:38 AM
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May I suggest 'Inebriology'.

English is such a beautiful and complex language, I'm happy to admit I sometimes get it wrongly!
blue2
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leonAzul wrote:
There is 'œnology' for the study of the grape. [hic]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oenology
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You've got it but it's the trodden grape.

Oenology is the study of "all aspects of wine and winemaking". I looked it up in Greek and found it is offered at
(at least two) schools in Greece in "The Department of Oenology and Technology of Alcoholic Beverages" (Jeez, there isn't a word
in Greek for the study of alcoholic beverages?)

From one site, I found this word:
terroir French [tɛrwar]
n
(Miscellaneous Technologies / Brewing) Winemaking the combination of factors, including soil, climate, and environment, that gives a wine its distinctive character

But again this is just wine.

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blue2
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 6:44:39 PM

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I've found "Fermentation and Alcohol Technology", which I suppose is the proper English translation of the course I mentioned above. Or just "Alcohol Technology".

Also from TFD: fermentology
a science that deals with ferments and fermentation, especially those concerned with the production of alcoholic beverages. — fermentologist, n.

I'm not so sure about this... Could just be for wine, even bread.

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biotechnologist.

Covers all fermented and brewed beverages among other things.Think




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perfection161
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 8:03:02 AM
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Inebriology - I like that but its not real enough to be used
and as for Hectoliterature that's a first for me too - wonder about the derivation of the word!

Thanks folks
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 9:13:52 AM

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What we drink in beers, wines, and spirits, is ethanol. Ethanology is just too close to ethonology ;-)


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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 9:25:58 AM

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Bacchanalian, but I love Inebriology, I'll use that one.
IMcRout
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:50:43 AM

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As to 'hectoliterature' (German Hektoliteratur), it is a pun on 'hectoliter' (= 100 litres), the common content of a commercial beer barrel, and 'literature', a topic many students in a university town are familiar with.
Likewise 'beerology', which - just as its German equivalent 'Bierologie' - is non-existent but - in German - sounds very close to 'Biologie' (biology).
Thus students are invited to take part in Inebriology 101 and advanced courses by the proprietors of the above mentioned premises.

(I hate having to explain puns. d'oh! )

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