Has anyone tried filtering vodka with it?

asked on April 13, 2017

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Mythbusters tested this concept and busted it. Myth: You can turn low-end vodka into top-shelf vodka with six filtrations of a domestic charcoal water filter (i.e. Brita filters). They set up the experiment so that the vodka testers would each get 8 shots of vodka: 6 from the filtration stations (single filtered, twice… see more Mythbusters tested this concept and busted it. Myth: You can turn low-end vodka into top-shelf vodka with six filtrations of a domestic charcoal water filter (i.e. Brita filters). They set up the experiment so that the vodka testers would each get 8 shots of vodka: 6 from the filtration stations (single filtered, twice filtered, etc...), 1 top-shelf vodka, and 1 unfiltered low-end shot. The tasters were asked to rank the shots.

Anthony Dias Blue, vodka expert, executive director San Francisco World Spirits Competion: his ranking corresponded exactly to the number of filtrations, with the top-shelf vodka picked as the best.

Anthony: "Passing a low-end vodka through a filter will make it better, but it won't make it a top-shelf vodka"

They further analyzed the vodka samples and found that there was no difference in chemical composition between the filtered vodka and the unfiltered vodka.

Conclusion: You're better off buying the top-shelf stuff than wasting a bunch of water filters. see less
Mythbusters tested this concept and busted it. Myth: You can turn low-end vodka into top-shelf vodka with six filtrations of a domestic charcoal water filter (i.e. Brita filters). They set up the experiment so that the vodka testers would each get 8 shots of vodka: 6 from the filtration stations (single filtered, twice filtered, etc...), 1 top-shelf vodka, and 1 unfiltered low-end shot. The tasters were asked to rank the shots.

Anthony Dias Blue, vodka expert, executive director San Francisco World Spirits Competion: his ranking corresponded exactly to the number of filtrations, with the top-shelf vodka picked as the best.

Anthony: "Passing a low-end vodka through a filter will make it better, but it won't make it a top-shelf vodka"

They further analyzed the vodka samples and found that there was no difference in chemical composition between the filtered vodka and the unfiltered vodka.

Conclusion: You're better off buying the top-shelf stuff than wasting a bunch of water filters.

robTKD13
· April 7, 2019
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Not a stupid question... a logical one actually seeing as it is a carbon filter and that is exactly how one might filter a vodka sugar wash distill... however it wouldn't be the best choice because the pours on the surface of the carbon might not be the correct size for trapping all the oils etc that you're trying to remove. I would make a copper tube gravity filter with charcoal purchased from a brewery supply.
CarmenLC
· October 15, 2017
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I like to use premium vodka to make my homemade vanilla, but also found that filtering the cheap stuff through the Brita 12 or 13 times gives it that same smoothness as top shelf. We don't use the same pitcher for water, but totally worth it.
countessdekay
· September 24, 2019
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I have done it, and it works wonders on cheap Vodka. Just put the vodka filter in a ziplock bag after use and store it till next time.
vaughn coomer
· February 19, 2019
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Why? Whats the point? Leaving vodka out in an open pitcher just lets the alchohol evaporate.
But why do you want to filter vodka? It comes ready to cocktail in a nice bottle from the factory.

LizzyTop Contributor: Coloring
· August 4, 2017
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Watch Mythical Morning. They filter various liquids including alcohol and coffee.
Rin
· August 18, 2019
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Your water will taste like vodka for a long, long time.
Allyson
· November 26, 2018
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Alton Brown recommends it. Says it turns cheap vodka into great vodka.
Anon
· August 15, 2018
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Great question. I know someone who did this with Well Vodka and she said it makes it taste better. Good idea eh?
Julie
· January 6, 2018
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we did this in college....turned crystal palace into something that tasted like grey goose
Sean Anderson
· September 21, 2017
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