How Is Vodka Made?

Published July 15, 2008 in Vodka

In fact, different Vodka manufacturers conduct different methods of Vodka processing operation, these make their products contain unique and different flavors. However, there is a basic method of Vodka manufacturing process which is commonly used by several Vodka manufacturers around the world. This is a brief explanation of it.

Selecting materials

The Vodka’s producing process begins with the selecting materials process. In this introductory step, a wide range of staples such as grain, rye, wheat, potatoes, molasses, soybeans, grapes and sugar beets will be selected to produce a specific Vodka. This step is considered really important because different materials mean different Vodka’s flavor. In addition, sometime even use the same type of material, but if it had been produced from different plants, it’s also giving different taste and quality to vodka.

Keeping the mash sterile

After picked the materials, it is critical to pasteurize all of these mashes in order to prevent the growth of undesirable bacteria, which is able to impoverish the production of vodka, and clean up any dirt and griminess from materials. The sterilization process is executed by heat up the mashes until it reach boiling point. After that, some Lactic acid bacteria will be added into the mashes in order to increase the acidity level needed for the vodka fermentation process in the next step.

The fermentation process

When the materials are completely cleaned, these sterilized materials will be transferred into stainless steel tanks where yeast is prepared to add into them. After yeast was added, the tanks will be sealed tightly and left in fermentation for four days. The yeast which contains enzymes will transform the materials into liquid form which is called “ethyl alcohol”. When the process is completed, this ethyl alcohol will be passed to the next step.

The distillation process

After the fermentation process, the “stillmaster”, the person in charge of distilling vodka and directing its filtration, will carefully inject the ethyl alcohol to a column or pot still. The stainless still is encompassed with vaporization chambers stacked on top of each other. Inside them, the alcohol is continuously heated up with steam until the vapors created from the heat are released and condensed. After that, the alcohol vapors will rise to the top vaporization chambers where they are accumulated.

Liquefying the alcohol gases

At this step, the vapor or “fine spirit” which is produced by the distillation process, is still contain too much amount of alcohol between 95%-100%, it’s not for safe drinking. In order to make them drinkable, a specific quantity of water will be added into fine spirit, diluting the alcohol concentration from 100% to 40%. Finally, the excellent beverage which is known as vodka will be emerged and ready to send for flavoring and packaging.

Packaging or bottling

The final step of vodka manufacturing process is bottling the vodka. In order to preserve vodka’s flavor, a glass bottle is strongly required for storing vodka. Because glass does not interact with the beverage differ from plastic bottles which would cause a chemical reaction that will eventually affect the taste of vodka.

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