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Mount Saint Mary talk takes appetizing look at chemistry of cider

Jan 19th, 2015 | By | Category: In Your Town

Get a taste of the sweet side of academics with “The Chemistry of Making Apple Cider” at Mount Saint Mary College on January 29 at 7 p.m.

The talk, free and open to the public, will take place at the college’s Dominican Center, room 218, at 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, N.Y.

According to speaker Timothy MacMahon, a chemistry professor at SUNY Orange, apple cider has a surprising history in the United States. In colonial times, people drank more cider than water or beer. It was served at every meal, and even children drank ciderkin, an apple beverage with a small percentage of alcohol. And with good reason: cider was substantially safer than the water found in many cities and towns.

The lecture will cover the history of apple cider, as well as detail the procedure and equipment needed to make one’s own.

MacMahon earned a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry from Purdue University for his research on ion molecule reactions in Fourier Transform Mass Spectroscopy.

After working five years at IBM in Fishkill, N.Y., he began teaching at SUNY Orange. He has been a professor with the institution for more than 20 years.

The event is sponsored by the Mount’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, the Mid Hudson American Chemical Society, and the Mount’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society.

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