We must keep in mind that charcoal filtering was practiced in Poland
and Russia because the early product from commercial pot distillation
was terrible, and there was a need to remove congeners quickly. These
days it is more of a marketing ploy. For example Absolut apparently
uses a continuous reflux still, then adds congeners to give its
product a vodka character. Eastern Europeans will tell you vodka does
-- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com
, "smudge311065 <smudge@b...>"
> >--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Ackland, Tony (CALNZAS)"
> >Tony.Ackland@c...> wrote:
> >You only use carbon if you want to make the taste cleaner. If you
> >dont mind what it already tastes like, then there is no need to
> > Tony
> Now that sounds like a cop-out to me.
> I thought this fascination with 96% was about an objective measure
> quality. There's a distinction between something that tastes good,
> and a taste you can tolerate. I could drink my undistilled wash if
> didn't mind the taste and save myself a lot of time and trouble.
> I'm very suspicious of anyone that says the output of their hobby
> still requires nothing but watering back. I have attached a list of
> vodka brands and how they are produced. Am I to believe they go to
> all that trouble for nothing? Would they benefit from joining this
> newsgroup, perhaps?
> Call me cynical, but "not needing filtering" may have less to do
> ground-breaking distillation techniques and more to do with the
> of the brain that tells us our own farts smell better than anyone
> If something is good then people will want to buy it. Ethanol at
> is fantastic for removing sticky labels from glass jars, but as a
> drink its popularity is limited to two groups:
> People who make it themselves
> People who live in dumpsters
> Most (distilled) alcohol destined for consumption is, sold at 40%,
> distilled and filtered numerous times or aged for years, or both.
> Some may say it's unnecessary. Some may say it's a conspiracy. I
> think I know a fart when I smell one.
> Belvedere Vodka - Distilled 4 times and charcoal filtered.
> Boru Vodka - Quadruple distilled then filtered through 10 feet of
> charcoal made from Atlantic Irish Oak.
> Charodei Vodka - Uses a unique filtering system, discovered by the
> Minsk Institute of Technology. The vodka is purified through a
> natural mineral called Cremia, a black flint found in Belarus.
> Finlandia Vodka - Continuous distillation. Filtered through
> moraine rock.
> Grey Goose L'Orange Vodka -A five-step distillation
> Pearl Vodka -Distilled five times and filtered six times before
> Stolichnaya Vodka - Double distilled using quartz and activated
> charcoal filtration.
> Tanqueray Sterling Vodka - Triple distilled
> Thor's Hammer Vodka -.Tripled distilled.
> Vincent Van Gogh Vodka - Distilled multiple times
> 3 Olives Vodka - Triple distilled and triple charcoal filtered to
> remove impurities.
> Burnett's Vodka - Quadruple distillation and triple charcoal
> filtering process.
> Prism Vodka - Processed through a four-column distillation and
> multiple filtration
> Rain Vodka - Micro-distilled four times and filtered through
> dust and charcoal.
> S. S. Pierce Vodka - 100% grain neutral spirits. Double filtered.
> Skyy Vodka - Four column distillation and triple filtration
> Taaka Platinum Vodka - Triple distilled and charcoal filtered.
> Burnett's Raspberry Vodka - Quadruple distilled and triple charcoal
> Smirnoff Orange Twist Vodka - Triple distilled and filtered
> Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka - Triple distilled and filtered.
> Smirnoff Vanilla Twist - Triple distilled and filtered.
> Smirnoff Apple Twist - Triple distilled and filtered.
> Vermont Spirits Blue Vodka - Triple distilled and charcoal filtered.
> Sourced from http://www.maineliquor.com/products_lists_vodka.htm
> Nothing personal, I just had a bad week does it show?