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#1058497 - 06/30/07 10:10 PM So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today...
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I never buy it, but the In-laws are comming into town and they actually like the cheap stuff. What better time to test?

METHODOLOGY:

Purchased 2 liter plastic Popov vodka new at an a gov't run alcoholic beverage store.

dumped out the water in my Breita and used the existing filter which was about halfway through it's life cycle.


poured a shot of Popov as a "control" then poured the bottle into the Brita and waited. When it had completely passed through, I funneled the vodka back into the bottle and repeated the process. I then tase tested and repeated the process again, for a total of 3 passes.


RESULTS AND OBSERVATIONS:

The Control tasted just like I remembered - very "grainy", and slippery on the palette, with a smell exactly like rubbing alcohol.

After 2 passes through the Brita, it still tasted like Popov, although it was smoother and had lost it's funky aftertaste.


3 trips in, there was a significant difference. The rubbing alcohol smell was gone, the taste was much cleaner, akin to a name brand vodka. The closest I can compare it with now is Seagram's.

It mixes well with tonic, standing on it's own instead of the usual "corn syrup" taste cheap vodka has.


The buzz is fairly clean yet numbing, as a vodka buzz should be. There is none of the headache and nausea associated with a cheap vodka buzz.

The filtering process was slow and a pain in the ass as the vodka did not completely fit in the Brita, so it had to be done in batches. It took about 10 min for the vodka to completely pass through each time.



CONCLUSION:


I severely doubt that I will get a Grey Goose or even a Absolut out of this method - there is such a thing as "polishing a turd".

I will say that you can get an eminently drinkable vodka for much less than the name brands. I thing 5-6 passes would yield an excellent vodka that would rival any in the $20-30 price range, and will probably fool 99% of your Yuppie dipshit friends.

Now that I know the secret, I may buy a Brita just for this purpose. I'd also like to try the same thing with cheap whiskey and scotch.

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#1058498 - 06/30/07 10:17 PM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Bowflex_Rock_Star]
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#1058499 - 07/01/07 03:48 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: stu dog]
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I'd like to give her a taste test!!!
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#1058500 - 07/01/07 03:54 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Bowflex_Rock_Star]
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I severely doubt that I will get a Grey Goose or even a Absolut out of this method - there is such a thing as "polishing a turd".




There was a piece on TV recently, about vodka "snobs". They ran a blind test to see if these people could tell the difference. Grey Goose got a thumbs down from most of them. They were mainly a bunch of New York yuppies who seemed more concerned with their image. Thus, they felt compelled to order expensive stuff, based on the misconception that the higher the price, the better the product.
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#1058501 - 07/01/07 04:23 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Frank Booth]
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after one of those shitty days kettle one straight up slightly dirty does it for me.

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#1058502 - 07/01/07 06:38 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: greentea]
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Mythbusters did a show on that as well.

They used some premium vodkas and some cheap stuff charcoal filtered 10 times.

The expert picked all the vodkas correctly but also complimented the 10 time filtered cheap stuff as being good.
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#1058503 - 07/01/07 07:09 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Doug93003]
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Mythbusters did a show on that as well.
They used some premium vodkas and some cheap stuff charcoal filtered 10 times.




This one was done by one of the network news organizations. They didn't use any filtering. They just had a bunch of snobby yuppies do a blind test. It proved they couldn't tell which one was their typical choice. It also proved they bought their drinks for snob appeal, not true taste.
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#1058504 - 07/01/07 07:50 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Frank Booth]
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#1058505 - 07/01/07 08:20 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: _Wax]
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#1058506 - 07/01/07 10:56 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: 20W-50 and blood]
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mmmmmm i love popov!

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#1058507 - 07/01/07 11:00 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: jolly]
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$29 and i'll put it up against grey goose or any other "name brand" vodka any day of the week, barring Cirac (that stuff is insane)

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#1058508 - 07/01/07 11:20 AM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Frank Booth]
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Quote:

Quote:

Mythbusters did a show on that as well.
They used some premium vodkas and some cheap stuff charcoal filtered 10 times.




This one was done by one of the network news organizations. They didn't use any filtering. They just had a bunch of snobby yuppies do a blind test. It proved they couldn't tell which one was their typical choice. It also proved they bought their drinks for snob appeal, not true taste.




I saw that. If I remember right, the vodka snobs were horrified to find out they had all picked Smirnoff.

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#1058509 - 07/01/07 12:53 PM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: goldenarmes]
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Trader Joe's: Moskasvaya (sp?). Only 7.99 for one liter and you can drink it straight...hmmm bottle looks remarkably similar to Stoli except green and white label instead of red and white... TJ's employee vodka of choice

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#1058510 - 07/01/07 12:56 PM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: Raga_man858]
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Trader Joe's: Moskasvaya (sp?). Only 7.99 for one liter and you can drink it straight...hmmm bottle looks remarkably similar to Stoli except green and white label instead of red and white... TJ's employee vodka of choice








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#1058511 - 07/01/07 01:07 PM Re: So, I filtered Popov vodka through a Brita today... [Re: _Wax]
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stoli isn't bad stuff for the price ($19?). not worth my time and hassle to use a Brita. while you are in the middle of your '3rd filtering', i'd be on my 3rd vodka martini! you do the math!


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