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Flashcards in Vodka Deck (13)
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1

What makes a spirit a vodka?

The distillation strength achieved

2

What raw material can vodka made from?

Any raw material

Vodka is commonly made from grains (barley, wheat, and rye) and potatoes

3

What strength or abv must vodka be distilled to?

95% or 96% depending on the law in the country where it is being made

4

What type of still is used to produce the required abv?

Only a column still can produce this strength abv

Pot stills are not efficient enough to achieve this level of alcohol strength

5

What is the advantage of stacking distillations?

A spirit can be produced quickly

6

Why are spirits stored in stainless steel tanks after distillation?

To keep them colorless and preserve neutral flavor

7

What is the last thing done prior to bottling?

Dilution

Spirits are typically reduced to a bottling strength of 40% abv using water

8

What is the purpose of dilution?

To make the spirits drinkable

 

Very high abv's numb the palate, making it hard to taste a spirit

9

Why are most vodkas made to be as neutral as possible?

Ease of using in mixed drinks and cocktails

10

What are the advantages of column stills versus pot stills?

  • With column stills, multiple distillations happen at the same time
  • High abv neutral spirits cannot be made with pot stills
  • Column stills can be run continuously

11

Where can vodka be legally made?

Anywhere in the world

12

Once fully distilled, what are the characteristics of a 96% abv spirit?

Virtually no flavor and correctly described as neutral

13
True or False:

True or false: Some column stills can be used to produce lower strength, intensely-flavored spirits.

True