pot ale


: the residue of fermented wort left in a still after the distillation of whiskey or alcohol and used for animal feed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the residue called pot ale, which accumulates in the distilleries' copper stills, will be turned into animal feed and fertilizer for nearby farmers. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2011 This amounts to 684,000 metric tons of draff and over 2.3 billion liters of pot ale every year, according to Zero Waste Scotland. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 The startup uses a process known as acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation in which bacteria break down the sugars in the whisky draff and pot ale into acids. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pot ale was in 1697

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“Pot ale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pot%20ale. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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