Is brandy a alcohol?
Brandy (from brandy-wine, derived from Dutch brandewijn "burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine.
Wine is a alcohol so, brandy is one.
Brandy is a distillate and champagne is not. What does this mean? Champagne and Brandy are both made with grapes, however unlike Champagne, Brandy has had a pure alcohol added to the fermented grapes to stop arrest the fermentation and raise the alcohol level of the brandy. Champagne will ferment until dry which means all the sugars will burn off and no other pure alcohol will be added generally resulting in a product with 12-15…
Is a french chef making a sauce with brandy able to burn off the alcohol from the brandy leaving just the brandy flavoring a chemical change?
If you are looking to substitute the brandy taste in a recipe, you can use brandy flavored extract. You would not use the same amount, as an extract is concentrated, therefore, you would only use about 1-2 teaspoons of the extract. If you are using brandy for it's alcohol content, and are desiring a different alcohol substitute, you can use rum or vermouth.
Brandy in gravies is usually just for a different depth of flavor. Generally speaking, if you are worried about the alcohol content, you don't need to worry about it. Alcohol evaporates at approximately 173 degrees F so, since the simmering point of water is approximately 185 degrees, by the time you start seeing little bubbles on the surface most of the alcohol is probably gone. If you just don't like the flavor then I'd suggest…