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