Vodka

How vodka is made

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Vodka production: Raw ingredients

Vodka can be distilled from pretty much anything that can be fermented to make alcohol, but its mostly produced from potatoes, sugar beet molasses and

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Vodka production: Fermentation

Whether vodka is to be distilled from grain, potatoes, sugar beet, grapes or even rice, the first step is to produce alcohol using yeast. The process of

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Vodka production: Base spirit

Ethanol alcohol distilled to more than 95% purity is commonly called neutral spirit. The term used in this context refers to the spirits' lack the flavour.

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Vodka production: Rectification

Purifying or 'rectification' columns remove any remaining off notes or odours from an alcoholic spirit. It is common practice in vodka production for a

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Vodka production: Pot still finishing

Pot stills are credited with having a discernible rounding effect and adding character, so it is no coincidence that many 'boutique' vodkas such as Ketel

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Vodka production: Hydration

Water forms some 70% of the contents of a bottle of vodka so is crucial to both its taste and mouthfeel.

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Vodka production: Additives

It has long been common practice to add small amounts honey to vodka to increase the vodka's viscosity or mouthfeel and take the edge off the spirit. Many

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Vodka production: Filtration

Anyone who uses a Brita Filter to make their tap water more palatable will recognise the benefits of activated carbon filtration. Activated carbon filters

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Vodka production: Quality testing

Quality starts with the raw materials. Remember the saying? You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.