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Making vodka Video

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u/LiveLongAndProspurr Sep 30 '22

Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a brew.

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u/thexar Sep 30 '22

What's vodka, precious?

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u/DaBi5cu1t Expert Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

One brew to rule them all.

One brew to find them.

One brew to bring them all,

And with Smirnoff, bind them.

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u/no_eponym Sep 30 '22

"Smeagol has to take what's given to him," answered Gollum, after being Iced by Sam for the fifth time that evening.

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u/Meatchris Sep 30 '22

And with insufficient knowledge, blind them

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u/cocoaboy Sep 30 '22

It's made with po-tay-toes!

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u/DrDiarrheaBrown Sep 30 '22

Lol, this killed me hahaha... love that line, and immediately hearing this in his voice was well, precious.

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u/BurnerForJustTwice Sep 30 '22

“No0o0o the fat hobitsiz is ruinings it!. You stewpid fats hobistiz”

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u/JoySubtraction Sep 30 '22

What if you distilled some oliphants?

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u/Jogaila2 Sep 30 '22

2nd distillation will fuel Ladas. True story.

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u/TrainedTechnology Sep 30 '22 Silver Take My Energy

yknow, ive cooked potatoes so many times in my adult life, i had no idea I was 1 step into making potato vodka. this changes everything.

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u/gahidus Sep 30 '22

I had no idea that you could make a liquor still out of wood / bamboo, or that one could be so simple.

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u/matco5376 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Vodka is a pretty simple spirit to make! If you're ever interested there's tons of resources online for making your own.

-edit for some of the replies: obviously as with anything do your due diligence before making your own spirit! Safety first as you are messing with some dangerous chemicals.

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u/Volcarion Sep 30 '22

Now if only it wasn't illegal in Ontario to make your own spirits...

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u/Egocom Sep 30 '22

That's super dumb. On the other hand you could just not snitch on yourself though

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u/IFuckDucksOnTheReg Sep 30 '22

I’m sorry, I can’t do it. Take me in chief ✋🤚

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u/Goashai Sep 30 '22

Username doesn't check out... You turn yourself in for the fowl deeds you've done?

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u/The-prime-intestine Sep 30 '22

You been taking a gander at them geese boy?

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u/Shitychikengangbang Sep 30 '22

Yea never trust duck fuckers. Weirdos

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u/peter_gibbones Sep 30 '22

See this bar right here? Built it with my own two hands, do they call me Dylan the bar maker? No

See that pier? Built that too… do they call me Dylan the dock maker? Of course not…

But fuck one duck…

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u/SatInTheLoft Sep 30 '22

Glad you draw the line somewhere

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u/Mammyjam Sep 30 '22

They’re Canadian, physically would not be able to stop themselves. Luckily the punishment is just the chief of police saying “try not to do it again eh”

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u/CaffeinatedGuy Sep 30 '22

When was the last time you heard of someone getting busted for distilling alcohol? I don't think it's a high priority to find backyard distillers as long as you're not making huge quantities.

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u/second-last-mohican Sep 30 '22

Don't tell anyone 🤷

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u/zedhenson Sep 30 '22

Genuinely curious, not trying to be a wiener, but is there any “vodka” that isn’t “potato vodka”? I think that’s what makes it vodka, right?

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u/ProcrastinatorAnony Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

I think this is probably a fairly common misconception but vodka can be made of a lot of different things, as far as I know potato vodkas are actually less common than grain (especially wheat or corn) vodkas at least in the US these days. It really can be made of almost anything.

Legally speaking in the US a vodka is “a neutral spirit distilled or treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials so as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color,” which is “bottled at not less than 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).”

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u/general-Insano Sep 30 '22

Had a brief run as I was wondering the difference between moonshine and vodka... and they're basically the same thing but moonshine is distilled to a higher proof sometimes going into 190

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u/Lilith_Got_Damage Sep 30 '22

Pro distiller (USA based) here vodka actually has to be distilled at 190 proof legally in the US. The defining difference would be moonshine should present a noticeable grain flavor with corn shining through. Most (legal) shine is gonna be distilled as a whiskey base which would be at max 160 proof.

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u/Pity_Boner Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Actually it’s the opposite, vodka must be distilled to 190 proof or higher I order to be called vodka, It’s then cut with water to bring the proof back down to something drinkable.

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u/WK2222 Sep 30 '22

Vodka can be made from anything with starch in it.

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u/GingerSkulling Sep 30 '22

“I have starch Greg, can you make vodka from me?”

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u/Detectorbloke Sep 30 '22

I thought most vodka was grain vodka.

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u/VomMom Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Grey goose is grape vodka. As a food scientist, I have no idea what the difference is between grey goose and brandy. Barrels maybe? Welp, I don’t care enough to look it up.

Edit: so I guess grey goose is wheat vodka. Ciroc makes grape vodka. The only difference between grape vodka and brandy is either barrel aging or caramel coloring additives, since brandy is brown.

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u/havehart Sep 30 '22

It isn't actually. They use winter harvest wheat for the mash bill and distill in Picardy then bottle in Cognac. That might be where the confusion is coming in.

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u/kurginskater Sep 30 '22

The difference is the proof of the distillate prior to watering down. Vodka (and some rums) are distilled to 95% ABV that is essentially striping out most of the flavor and aroma before watering down to 40%.

Brandy is (usually) distilled to a lower proof thus retaining more flavor and aroma before being watered down to either bottling proof or to you desired barrel proof for aging. The color should come from the barrel however there is stuff that is colored and I would avoid that.

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u/Alexthegreatbelgian Sep 30 '22

"We use it burn warts off of the mules!"

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u/Frank_McGracie Sep 30 '22

Everybody pants now

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u/DayBowBowPepesilvia Sep 30 '22

holds little toy person in front of camera What is this??

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u/rsmires Sep 30 '22

"I'm half Puerto Rican, I can handle it"

~famous last words

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

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u/USS_Phlebas Sep 30 '22

He's joking with the fact that some cars will run on ethanol. 70% alcohol is still too little content to work.

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u/dogchowtoastedcheese Sep 30 '22 Gold Helpful Coin Gift Take My Energy Narwhal Salute 2020 Veteran

I've been in recovery for 8 years now, and think I just passed a test. I wanted mashed potatoes far more than the vodka.

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u/Amaraskaran Sep 30 '22

hahaha same here but 1+ year, was really impressed by the delish looks of it, now im craving it.

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u/Dzyu Sep 30 '22

She straight up ruined those delicious mashed potatoes!

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u/trogon Sep 30 '22

That was my thought, too!

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u/vandyboys Sep 30 '22

Congratulations on your sobriety. You are doing great!

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u/dynobadger Sep 30 '22

15 years here, and I’m with you. I’ll take mashed potatoes over nasty vodka any time.

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u/MirrorMan22102018 Sep 30 '22

I am proud of you. I was also thinking "those potatoes would go good with some pressure cooker roast beef."

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u/Frenchitwist Sep 30 '22

Good for you!

I too, very much wanted those mashed potatoes. Maybe add some butter and paprika…

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u/Crescendo104 Interested Sep 30 '22 Take My Energy I'm Deceased

You ever watch a video of some centuries-old technique and think to yourself, "how the fuck did we figure this one out?"

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u/S7ageNinja Sep 30 '22

I think the case with most things fermented the answer is usually that it was an accident. Then it became popular because it either got you drunk or was a good way of preserving food.

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u/InfanticideAquifer Sep 30 '22

I'm sure the first couple of times it was an accident, but eventually someone had to have the thought "I really like all this fermented stuff, so I should try fermenting other stuff and see what happens".

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u/CakesOfHell Sep 30 '22

And that's how we came up with Surströmming =)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surstr%C3%B6mming

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u/vostok811 Sep 30 '22

Is it the fish? I knew it would be the fish.

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u/SomeRedditWanker Sep 30 '22

I've eaten it. It's salty, but not actually awful tasting.

The smell is horrendous though, and then every time I burped for 2 days I could smell it in my mouth (if that makes sense?)..

The burps were worse than the taste.

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u/primo_0 Sep 30 '22

Maybe its the bacteria living for several days in your stomach.

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u/Malcyan Sep 30 '22

Something that smells bad but tastes alright, sounds like it's up there with Durians.

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u/sokkarockedya Sep 30 '22

It apparently smells worse than durians. Some guy got evicted in Germany for opening a can in the building. When he took it to court, the landlord's defense opened a can in the court room. They ruled in favor of the landlord.

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u/Supply-Slut Sep 30 '22

Your Honor….

holds nose & pops lid

…I rest my case.

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u/Plop-Music Sep 30 '22

It's about 1000x worse than durian. They don't even compare. The vast majority of people vomit from the smell alone.

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u/dob_bobbs Sep 30 '22

LOL, the bacteria involved in fermenting Surströmming are VERY different to those involved in turning sugar into alcohol - lest there be any doubt!

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u/skootamatta Sep 30 '22

Or, why the fuck is me doing this myself, illegal?

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u/Logan117 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Only if you sell it. You can make all you want for yourself.

Edit: ok, depends on where you live. Here, there's no restrictions on making beer and wine. For distilling, you need a license, but you don't have to pay taxes on either unless you sell it. Although, you will likely never get arrested or prosecuted if you only distil for personal use, even without the license.

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u/Bruhmethazine Sep 30 '22

That's not 100% true depending where you live.

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u/DJKhaledIsRetarded Sep 30 '22

Turkmenistan has entered the chat

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u/jbo332 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

It's illegal in Australia.

Edit: thanks everyone for the comments. I now know to either move to NZ or get a license. Alas, if I don't do those either of those out-of-my-way things, it's illegal.

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u/MrXBob Sep 30 '22

Changing a light switch here makes you a criminal so I'm not too surprised.

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u/fescen9 Sep 30 '22

As an avid Mighty Car Mods watcher, your car registration process is more complicated than American taxes.

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u/hogey74 Sep 30 '22

In NZ you can do your own mains electrical work. They have half the rate of electrocutions as Australia. Encouraging a culture of shared knowledge and common sense might be safer than banning something.

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u/Sapperturtle Sep 30 '22

Are they allowed to be on the internet without a permit?

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u/Themirkat Sep 30 '22

Doesn't Canada have like the most insane mobile data charges in the world?

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u/Ok_Water_3109 Sep 30 '22

Federal Corrections has entered the chat.

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u/ory1994 Sep 30 '22

Is that how so many people got away with having tons of moonshine during the prohibition?

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u/MisfitPotatoReborn Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

No. Here's the 18th Amendment, emphasis mine:

After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

So many people got away with it because it's piss-easy to make booze at home. It requires little/no specialized equipment or ingredients, and the fermentation process is very easy to hide away. Cops had no real way to enforce a law that's so easy to quietly break.

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u/Nervous_Constant_642 Sep 30 '22

Also they sold people a grape derivative with the explicit instructions of where and for how long you shouldn't put it or else it will turn into wine. And as a law abiding citizen you of course would follow those instructions of what not to do lest you accidentally made wine.

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u/curiousbydesign Sep 30 '22

Combined with speakeasies and fast cars. :)

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u/Fatgirlfed Sep 30 '22

NASCAR has entered the chat

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u/DiamondBalz0077 Sep 30 '22

So there’s two reasons for this. Prohibition laws prohibit spirits production at home. These are still in effect.

Secondly, it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. One of the byproducts of distillation can cause blindness. It’s typically in the heads (the first several ounces) run. The hearts (the middle of distillation) have all the good tasting drinkable stuff. The tails taste bad, but probably won’t harm you. They’re usually added into the next batch of whatever you are distilling to try to eek out some extra alcohol.

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u/houseforever Sep 30 '22

You can see in the video, she skipped the heads and the tails.

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22 edited Oct 08 '22

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u/LeMansDynasty Sep 30 '22

Fun fact I learned on a tour, large distilleries sell the tails to perfume companies.

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u/rustymontenegro Sep 30 '22

Also used to make emergency hand sanitizer during covid. :)

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u/fescen9 Sep 30 '22

The absolute worst smelling of all hand sanitizers

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u/felisverde Sep 30 '22

Or the best! Lol One of our local distilleries was selling sanitizer during covid-I still have some bottles-smells like bourbon, but works great & was only $9 for a 1L bottle when even small bottles of hand sanitizer & alcohol in stores were selling for that much or more if you could find it due to price gouging! I was ordering this stuff & sending it to everyone I knew b/c noone could find alcohol or larger sz hand sanitizers anywhere at one point. Local distilleries to the rescue!!

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u/PacificBrim Sep 30 '22

Speak for yourself. I liked my hand sanitizer that smelled like taquila lol

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u/LilFunyunz Sep 30 '22

Oh good that was the worst to me haha

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u/oldDotredditisbetter Sep 30 '22

why does the head cause blindness?

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u/TonsilStonesOnToast Sep 30 '22

Methanol is the first to evaporate during a distillation run. It'll make you extremely sick. Strangely enough, one of the treatments for methanol poisoning is... ethanol. So it's easy for an amateur moonshiner to make improper cuts in the batch and accidentally leave too much methanol in the finished spirit. They won't realize what they've done right away. The negative effects may seem subtle at first, because the ethanol will be combating the methanol content, but if a person drinks enough of it the scales start to tip in favor of the methanol poisoning and it becomes too much for your liver to handle (more like your body won't be able to handle all of the toxic byproducts from metabolizing methanol). This is why moonshining is so freakin dangerous. Apart from the fact that the stuff will taste like windex from a rusty butthole, a person won't easily realize they're being poisoned until it's too late. They'll just think that they're drunk.

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u/residentrecalcitrant Sep 30 '22 Narwhal Salute

Because of the lower evaporation point of methanol as compared to ethanol. Yeast primarily convert starch or sugar into ethanol, but other alcohols are produced in lesser quantities.

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u/Talkat Sep 30 '22

Fruit will naturally ferment in nature and produce alcohol. Animals will eat them (parrots flying upside down, elephants getting smashed, etc). Humans could have been exposed to yeast making alcohol through a large variety of ways.

We've only have spirits for a couple hundred years. Before then was a lot of low % beers (2-3%) and grape wines (up to 10%). The beer was healthier than straight water as it was more sanitised.

Then they intentionally started making yeastly alcoholic mixes but didn't like the taste of all the leftovers so they might have tried to remove them and extract just the alcohol.

During those removal experimentations, someone might have heated it and noticed that they the steam was alcoholic and then tried to capture it. It started off really inefficient and kept iterating to a setup like this.

It really started in 1300's in china.

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u/PlatinumDoodle Sep 30 '22

We have very different definitions of a couple hundred years

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u/slowmo152 Sep 30 '22

Cook with a alcohol and you can learn quick how alcoholic steam can be if prolly ventilated as I'm sure many ancient kitchens were.

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u/Hekantonkheries Sep 30 '22

The heating probably came from using it in cooking on a whim and noticing it in the air, and decided that shit was too expensive to lose

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u/Stepside79 Sep 30 '22

Always! Especially those containing 20+ steps

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u/Grumpeedad Sep 30 '22

Bumper crop of taters>hey let's make mashed taters>forget mashed taters outside>rains>feed leftover mashed taters to the peasants cause you're an asshole overlord>peasants get hammered=potato vodka discovered

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u/HugsNotShrugs Sep 30 '22

Blursed mashed potaters

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u/lalashuttles Sep 30 '22

yes! i was hoping someone on this thread could tell us that

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u/BurnerForJustTwice Sep 30 '22

Many beer recipes were invented by monks. I guess when you stick a whole bunch of celibate dudes together with 1 book to read and nothing to do in the middle of nowhere you workout, create kung fu, or get turnt up

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u/Nothingaddsup Sep 30 '22

And that is how many pubs and taverns got going.

As you couldn't transport much of anything all that far, pubs reputations were made on their house beer.

If you could make a good beer other drink, you were pretty set

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u/9Lives_ Sep 30 '22

Yeah like how wasp dope was discovered recently. (Spraying wasp killer on a metal screen door and connecting jumper cables to it) The spark turns the liquid sprayed into a crystal that apparently forms a really shitty meth alternative but it still caused wasp sprays to be banned and regulated and during my research I was just baffled by man’s sheer tenacity and determination to alter their consciousness and it won’t stop at any cost!

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u/keoghberry Sep 30 '22

That's because regular consciousness fucking sucks

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u/LogMeInCoach Sep 30 '22

I think about this everyday when I take my drugs. Imagine just being out here raw dogging reality. No thanks

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u/Hesher4Life Sep 30 '22

Who's this "we"?

I can't even cook rice properly.

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u/Slight_Independent43 Sep 30 '22

Anyone else really just want mashed potatoes now?

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u/Nac_Nud Sep 30 '22

Ohhh yeah. The whole time I watched this, while really cool and interesting, I was just thinking “Man…I’d rather just eat those mashed taters.”

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u/K-Stark Sep 30 '22

We has steamed potato… mashed potato. So many opportunities for potatoe delicious

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u/MugillacuttyHOF37 Sep 30 '22

Dey's um... mashed, scalloped, twice baked, french, grilled, hassleback, tots, cheesy, fried, Irish, caked, skins...

That...that's about it.

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u/2x4x93 Sep 30 '22

Thank you Bubba

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u/shotsdowngg Sep 30 '22

At first, I thought OP was intentionally being misleading with the title as a joke lol

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u/evranch Sep 30 '22

Same, was waiting for OP to trade tasty potato to Latvian for vodka or similar

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u/trillhungyboy Sep 30 '22

after drinking vodka a few times back in the day

I can solidly confirm that mashed potatoes are way better

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u/NormalTuesdayKnight Sep 30 '22

Vodka is much better for mixing than sipping

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u/dak4ttack Sep 30 '22

Have you considered mixing it with orange juice or tonic?

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u/goldensunshine429 Sep 30 '22

My first thought was “those are some good looking mashed potatoes….oh now you’ve ruined them”

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u/Spiritofhonour Sep 30 '22

There was a French fry ad once that had the photo of the fries and the caption, “Vodka, what a waste of potatoes”

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u/BarrySnowbama Sep 30 '22

This is an enjoyable video but I'd really like to see them get some better containers for collection.

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u/Oryxhasnonuts Sep 30 '22

Plus… don’t you basically discard the first portion of the run ?

I can’t remember the “why” but she definitely dumps it in with the rest

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u/grazerbat Sep 30 '22 Helpful (Pro)

The first distillation is called a stripping run. You do those hard and fast, and collect everything. That's called low wines, and it's done to reduce volume.

Then you collect your low wines and do a slow distillation, and you collect discrete parts of the run without mixing them. That's called asking cuts. The first stuff to come off tastes like ass...it's full of methanol and acetone, and is called toe foreshots. The good stuff that you keep is in the middle of the run. The latter stuff off is called tails, and doesn't taste great, but can be collected and rerun to extract the food stuff innit.

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u/down1nit Sep 30 '22

What happens to the leftover organic matter? Pigs?

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u/TheRealTron Sep 30 '22

Omg that reminds me.. when i delivered housing materials I once went to a reserve in Northern BC called Fort Ware, there was this pig wandering around, I asked a local who was helping me what was up with the pig, he told me it was the town drunk. You see everyone there made their own alcohol since it was a 'dry' reserve. I guess a bunch of them just threw the mash outside and the pig wandered around eating it all up because free food. He was always a tiny bit wasted I guess.

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u/down1nit Sep 30 '22

Humans make strange things happen

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u/ChallengingWank Sep 30 '22

Well I just unlocked a new life-goal.

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u/grazerbat Sep 30 '22

Grains can be used as chicken feed. Maybe pigs would want to eat the potato sludge, but I expect it would be conposted

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u/Mloxard_CZ Sep 30 '22

Pigs could eat the fermented mash but it is safer to just composte it

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u/grazerbat Sep 30 '22

Ya, not good for them, but damn funny...https://youtu.be/ICZG33IxtgE

Joking aside, distilling on the product would extract most of the alcohol from the mash.

The pig in the video is messed up because it ate grains straight out of the fermenter

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u/tenemu Sep 30 '22

What percentage is the toe foreshots and the tails?

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u/Glassavwhatta Sep 30 '22

If i recall correctly it has higher methanol content

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u/himsaad714 Sep 30 '22

She dumped the tail into the heart and tossed the head.

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u/bane_killgrind Sep 30 '22

Components in the first portion are the most volatile compounds so they boil first. Some of them are also poisonous.

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u/drkidkill Sep 30 '22

It’s fine, I made this and now I can’t see anything, let alone the container.

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u/MrFuzzybagels Sep 30 '22 Gold Take My Energy

Yeah, like my tummy 👁👄👁

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u/BarrySnowbama Sep 30 '22

Just a bummer seeing the drips not get caught and the dribble when pouring it for storage.

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u/King_Nothing_1st Sep 30 '22

Right! For the amount of time invested balanced by the return / yield, those were precocious drops! That was killing me to see

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u/Alarming-Instance-19 Sep 30 '22

Precocious, cheeky drops just dripping away, all sassy and full of talk-back

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u/King_Nothing_1st Sep 30 '22

It's vodka precious! We likes it raw and wriggling!

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u/82Heyman Sep 30 '22

Imagine if I could stop drinking for enough time to concentrate on such a project.

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u/Analbox Sep 30 '22

If alcoholics had to make their own supply there would be way less alcoholics.

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u/BurnerForJustTwice Sep 30 '22

I guess the same with any addictive substance really. Allow people to grow their own heroin and crack and you won’t such powerful gangs and a lot more farmers/ chemists.

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u/TheRealTron Sep 30 '22

Only the potheads survive!

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u/Jaybeux Sep 30 '22

Yep, I'd almost guarantee that we would have a whole lot more master gardeners if they could just grow their own.

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u/Novexiys Sep 30 '22

You guys.. don't grow your own??

It's half the fun! And it's super easy

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u/HighlightFun8419 Sep 30 '22

Fewer* 😘 (Because you can count them)

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u/I_knoooow Sep 30 '22

How do you like your potatoes?

Me: Vodka

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u/MerfyMan1987 Sep 30 '22

Those glasses suck for pouring

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u/SquidFlasher Sep 30 '22

Probably wasted a whole bottle worth with how much she spilled

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u/BatManhandler Sep 30 '22

Let's talk about the tiny keg with the cork stopper, because that thing is awesome.

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u/Captainthuta Sep 30 '22

It's glass too,kinda a waste putting vodka in there.I would keep some wine or whiskey in it for the colour.

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u/TheCapableFox Sep 30 '22

I got triggered as fuck every time you swapped containers under the spout leaving some to just drop freely out and be wasted for a second or two. Lmao idk why but every time it happened I was like “fuck fuck hurry up and get something!!!”.

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u/tigerking615 Sep 30 '22

Also when she poured it into the bottle at the end and dribbled a bunch out the side.

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u/Unsuccessful-Attempt Sep 30 '22

So what do you do for a living?

  • Me? Oh lie-down beneath stills and catch the run off between vessel changes.

...What?

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u/aWormhatForVermhat Sep 30 '22

Hahaha me too! Can’t believe I had to scroll this far to find the same sentiments

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u/peachy_sweety Sep 30 '22

alcoholics watching the drips not caught

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u/Lennyzard Sep 30 '22

So vodka is just fermented mashed potato extract?

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u/BarrySnowbama Sep 30 '22

Cereal gains, potatoes, rice, beets, etc.

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u/LightningStake Sep 30 '22

Always has been.

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u/i_am_the_koi Sep 30 '22

But what did they make vodka from before potatoes were discovered in Peru and Brought back to Europe?

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u/Analbox Sep 30 '22

Before the 1700’s they mostly used cereal grains

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u/i_am_the_koi Sep 30 '22

So it hasn't always been potato like a previous poster started? (Sarcasm)

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u/Dawbs89 Sep 30 '22

Most vodkas are not made from potatoes. Of the major brands it's just Chopin and Luksusowa off the top of my head. Most producers use grain, corn being very popular these days.

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u/SenseisSifu Sep 30 '22

Boil em mash em ferment em into a drink

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u/tyrom22 Sep 30 '22

All alcohol is just fermented mashed ______ extract.

_____ is just any vegetable, fruit or grain

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u/Captain-Nubs Sep 30 '22

Using a simple pot still won’t make vodka. It’s just gonna be some crude alcohol without running it on a reflux column. Source: I distill vodka for a living

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u/ligerboy12 Sep 30 '22

Without any temperature control I’m slightly worried about methanol contamination but ya this looks about right for potato vodka.

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u/sapunec8754 Sep 30 '22

Why would you waste your time with this? Just drink it and see if you go blind afterwards it's really easy

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u/ligerboy12 Sep 30 '22

I will accept this answer

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u/I_Am_Your_Sister_Bro Sep 30 '22

Spoken like a true Czech

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u/transmedium-threats Sep 30 '22

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u/zerbolo Sep 30 '22

This is the only correct answer here!

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u/PabloEdvardo Sep 30 '22

TIL... Very interesting.

So that likely means even some commercial booze likely still has methanol in it.

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u/KardTrick Sep 30 '22

I didn't see a thermometer anywhere, so I was thinking the same thing. Guess it's an older technique of timing? Intuition?

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u/ligerboy12 Sep 30 '22

I mean space it out and throw away corresponding batches I guess? Still don’t love it I’ve always distilled with careful temperatures to have 0 methanol but maybe there is a acceptable level im not sure. Overall I still would not drink this regularly

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u/Boruta314 Sep 30 '22

They take out the first distilled batch and I would assume they dont mix with the rest. Methanol has slightly lower boiling temperathure than ethanol so most of it should go out at the beginning.

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u/ligerboy12 Sep 30 '22

Yes so I’m assuming they trust a slow heating process but it’s still not full proof. I’ve always done a longer distillation process as all the methanol evaporates about 10 degree Fahrenheit before the ethanol can then be distilled out. I don’t think I’d trust something I drank regularly though to a method using general times over a thermometer.

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u/jakenash Sep 30 '22

I was really hoping this video would end with the Jim Lahey meme.

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u/Strong_Cheetah_7989 Sep 30 '22

I've made Whiskey and vodka out of everything but potatoes. That's a cool process, I'll admit, but if they drank that first glass I'd be a little worried. The first 2% or so is basically acetone. Throw the heads out or save it for an alcohol stove.

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u/Answer-Altern Sep 30 '22

What to do with leftover mashed potatoes

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u/Honest_Report_8515 Sep 30 '22

Leftover mashed potatoes = oxymoron

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u/justsomedude1144 Sep 30 '22

Fun fact: vodka does not need to come from potatoes

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u/BurnerForJustTwice Sep 30 '22 Gold Spit-take

Yea, I get mine from the liquor store.

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u/Jedahaw92 Sep 30 '22

Now listen here you little...

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u/Firm_Diver Sep 30 '22

Anybody else would have just ate the mashed taters?

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u/IntegratedSSR Sep 30 '22

If it took me that long to make that vodka, I'd definitely pour it from something that didn't waste a quarter of it.

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u/TrueLecter Sep 30 '22

it's not vodka, it's moonshine. The difference is that pure alcohol (spirit) is used for vodka, and moonshine is distilled from mash. As a result, there are much fewer impurities in vodka, but other hand moonshine can taste brighter.

Believe me, I’m Russian

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u/potato_lover273 Sep 30 '22

The difference is that pure alcohol (spirit) is used for vodka

Sorry, I don't understand, how do you get alcohol in the first place?

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u/spamholderman Sep 30 '22

The distinction I think he's making is moonshine = directly distilled and drunk, vodka = distilled to almost pure ethanol then water is added to your desired proof.

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u/potato_lover273 Sep 30 '22

I assumed the dilution would happen off-camera, it is 70% after all (though I guess there might be someone who'd drink that).

Still, I'd consider that the last step of the whole process of making vodka. The way OP phrased it is like saying "you make bread by baking dough" without acknowledging that you need to make the dough in the first place and how that too is part of making bread. Maybe if OP had said it's unfinished vodka, I'd get it.

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u/GeoffRamsey Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Vodka is a spirit distilled to a higher proof than 70%, up to about 95% ethanol which is known as rectified spirit. That’s why vodka has a more “clean”, “pure”, and neutral taste, free of most congeners (everything but ethanol and water) that you find in whiskey, rum, etc. which are typically distilled to 60-75% I think, and often aged in oak barrels. So if she had distilled this one or two more times and then added water it would be vodka rather than straight potato liquor.

Try any eau de vie or unaged grain alcohol side by side with vodka and you’ll notice a world of difference. Or try to find the nuances between different vodkas vs. different whiskeys or rums or brandies. Vodka has far less noticeable flavor coming from the fermented mash.

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u/TheeColton Sep 30 '22

Maybe I'm not understanding, but this comment doesn't make any sense to me. You're saying that vodka is made from alcohol? Where does that alcohol come from? Might it be fermented plant material, such as potatoes?

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u/jocala Sep 30 '22

This is correct. And it’s fermented with koji which correct me if I’m wrong could make this a variation of a sochu, or baijiu.

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u/Metallic_Sol Sep 30 '22

I forgot that baijiu existed. The devil's pisss itself. I couldn't drink even a shot without being sent to the moon, but then again, I was nothing against Chinese uncles getting hammered at the night bbq stands and tying their t shirts up halway so they could "breathe". Hahaha

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u/DiddleMe-Elmo Sep 30 '22

My mom always said the potato skin had a lot of the nutrients. Maybe it they didn't peel them for vodka it would be healthy.

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u/testAcctL Sep 30 '22

Potato skins have potential to ruin that initial 20 day fermentation. They grow in the dirt and manure, the skins can introduce bacteria into the process. Botulism is a risk when fermenting potatoes.

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u/zetsthamys Sep 30 '22

Maybe someone was just too lazy to peel them.

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