Is Vodka Really Made From Potatoes?


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Is Vodka Actually Made of Potato

Vodka is a spirit that is made through the distillation of fermented substances. The only thing required from these substances is that they are naturally high in fermentable starch or plant sugars, and whilst grains like sorghum, corn, rye or wheat amount for the majority of Vodka produced these days, Potatoes are also a possible source of starch and thus a perfectly feasible ingredient in making vodka, as are molasses, soybeans, grapes, rice, sugar beets and occasionally even industrial byproducts of oil refining or wood pulp processing.

Why say "No" to Potato?

Now that we've established the potato as being a perfectly good ingredient in the making of Vodka, it begs the question why do so many distillers continually opt for grains like rye and wheat? Well the truth is there's a long list of crops that could be grown to be used in the manufacture of Vodka (including pumpkin, apple, onions and carrot!).

The first reason grains are often seen as a safe bet is because, as crops, they are more durable and more likely to survive in the harsh conditions that can be found in Russia, the Ukraine, Sweden, Poland and other big exporters of Vodka.

The second factor is that grain has a much higher yield, with 100kg of potatoes only yielding around 10 liters of alcohol, whilst the same weight in grain could produce around three times as much.

Having said that, potato Vodka has, in recent years, been able to shed it's image as a slightly clandestine source of Vodka, and what was once confined to the realm of shady bathtub-concoctions is now being selectively bred to create a vodka-purpose 'super potato' with a starch content twice that of ones destined for human consumption.    

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Kathy Castillo answered
No. Vodka is not traditionally made from potatoes. The traditional raw material for vodka is rye. However, potatoes, wheat, corn, or molasses may also be distilled. After all, with vodka it is not a question of retaining any of the taste of the original substances, because as much as possible is removed by the filtration. A good vodka is distinguished by a neutral taste. But the original source does still have an influence on the consistency. Vodka from rye is the most popular, generally regarded as being particularly rounded, smooth, and mellow. Potato vodka taste more distinctive than grain vodka. Molasses, which retains a sweetish taste, is in many respects the cheapest source.

In conclusion, vodka can be made from potatoes, but traditionally, it is made from rye. The potato vodka is not as strong and has a very distinctive taste. The best vodkas are made from rye and molasses.
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Trust me on this Dog, it is often made from potatoes. The strength is a result of the distillation - it can be made 190 proof if you desire.
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hina answered
Vodka is one of the world's most consumed distilled beverages. Typically it is colourless liquid contain ethanol purified by distillation from a fermented substance such as grain or potatoes. Except for various types of flavourings ,vodka consists of water and alcohol(ethanol) its usually has 35% to 50% of alcohol range by volume Absolute Vodka, however, is made solely from grain, which more than 400 years of tradition has proven to produce the best and purest vodka possible. Absolute Vodka uses a special method of distillation that retains a smooth grain character and is extremely low in unwanted by-products.
Vodka was produced through the process of fermentation….how? That is a few thousand years ago; someone made the bright discovery that when deprived of oxygen, the yeast cell turns sugar into carbon dioxide and ethanol. Fermented beverages are born. These beverages were eventually distilled, giving us dozens of different spirits, one of which is vodka.
Then the distillation process ……Turning the fermented grain mash to vodka takes distillation. The principle has remained unchanged ever since it was accidentally discovered over a thousand years ago.
There are two kinds of distillation: batch distillation and continuous distillation. Batch distillation is an age-old method used for many types of spirits. Refined to a high degree of sophistication, this method is still used in areas like Cognac and the Scottish highlands to make cognac and whiskey. Continuous distillation turns the 8% fermented mash into crude spirit with an alcohol concentration by volume of 85-90%
Lastly….The last step is rectification, a method of removing unwanted by-products introduced over a century ago by the man on the bottle's medallion One column extracts unpleasant tasting solvent compounds; another removes fused oil; a third methanol; a fourth concentrates the spirit - 96% pure alcohol by volume and extremely low in impurities.
And there your vodka is ready of course made of grains. Raw potatoes and several other organic materials.
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kate eastman answered
Sure, it can be. There is a new type of vodka made from maine potatoes called Cold River Vodka, it has a peppery taste and comes in a collector's bottle.
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Hassan Raza answered
Yes, traditionally, Vodka was always made from potatoes, and then flavoured with fruits or other flavourings. But these days, a lot of vodka is made from Grain, not potatoes. But the apple part is a flavouring, not really a raw material for the Vodka.

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