RE: [new_distillers] vodka flavor
- My Russian (Ukraine) friend just told me about a brew that his parents make
from cranberries and sugar, called nalivka.
He didn't get the full process from them but it sounds like a simple fruit
wine, as described in the second part of this article.
The first process seems to be an equally intriguing vodka infusion of
cranberries (or cherries)
From: Andrew Forsberg [mailto:andrew@...]
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 7:29 PM
Subject: Re: [new_distillers] vodka flavor
On Fri, 2004-12-31 at 13:02 +0000, Kim wrote:
> <snip>I don't mean a
> schnapps type flavor that over powers the vodka but a hint of
> something like a commercial vodka that they get outrageous money
> I was thinking ... wheat or corn or potatoes....maybe a spice..???
You simply cannot get a grain-vodka taste out of a table sugar wash for
a variety of reasons. For instance, check the archives for one of
Harry's explanations of the difference between grain / DME ferments and
fruit sugar ferments (incl cane sugar).
If you don't like the taste of straight sugar vodka then try converting
grain, or experiment with macerating berries and/or spices. I'd say
you'd have a lot more success imitating Western European fruit liqueurs,
and ouzo-like drinks, since they're often made from a grape wine vodka
base. That would make for a closer match to the turbo sugar washes.
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