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is whiskey ta’aroves chometz


I saw that the Rabbi wrote that whiskey is not ta’roves chometz, in what way is it different to shecher hamodi that the gemora in pesachim 52b says is ta’aroves chometz?


The achronim say that shechar hamodi is taaroves chometz because it has chometz added in as an ingredient, whereas whishkey is made from the vapor of the fermenting grain, therefore it is considered like the grain itself, and not merely a chometz mitxture.  (Even if it has other flavors mixed in, they are there only to help the taste)


Masas BInyomin- 58, Chacham Tzvi 20, Chok Yackov 442-4 M:B 442-4.

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