Vodka, the beloved spirit enjoyed by many around the world, has been a part of our drinking culture for centuries. While vodka may conjure up images of wild nights out and parties, a lot of work goes into creating this clear alcoholic beverage. From potatoes to grains, vodka can be made from a variety of ingredients and it is possible to make it in your own home. So let’s take a look at how vodka is made.
Vodka is made from fermented grain or vegetable matter such as potatoes, wheat, rye, or corn. The raw material is first milled before being steeped in warm water so enzymes in the starch can convert it into sugar. Then yeast is added and fermentation takes place for several days at about 70°F (21°C). Depending on the grain used, the fermentable liquid will taste either sweet or sour.
Next comes distillation – this process removes impurities from the mixture by boiling it and allowing alcohol vapors to condense in another container. This condensed liquid contains pure alcohol with hints of flavor from its source material. To further refine its taste and clarity, more steps may be taken such as filtration through activated charcoal or distillation to remove further unwanted compounds.
At this point most vodkas are already drinkable but they are often distilled again to ensure higher purity levels and smoothness on the palate. After distillation is complete the vodka then goes through a blending process where it is cut with distilled water to reach desired proof levels – usually between 40% - 50% ABV (alcohol by volume).
Finally, after blending comes bottling! The vodka can now be put into bottles ready to be enjoyed by consumers everywhere. Vodka continues to remain one of our favorite drinks thanks to its unique production method that includes fermentation and multiple rounds of distillation that give us this smooth spirit every time we sip our martinis or enjoy neat shots!
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