How to define the forged vodka? With alcoholism we have
everything is all right. On the one hand, we periodically fight against it, with another - patriotically we are proud. Drink at us - both in Ukraine, and in Russia - there is a lot of. Now it is even more, than in Soviet period. But also are more poisoned with the forged and frankly unhealthy drinks.
You should not fall into sanctimonious moralising concerning vodka, and it is necessary to recognize banal that everyone “ master of fate “ or that “ rescue drowning … “ - and so on.
As V. V. Pokhlebkin in the magnificent research " wrote; " vodka History; this drink began to be forged in 10 - 15 years after its invention. Everything was dictated by commercial and even political interests.
Most of the population of our countries cannot buy vodka for 10 - 20 dollars. However, even this price and " type; company “ label on a bottle do not guarantee that the product will be original, but not counterfeit.
On Donbass the price a floor - a liter bottle fluctuates from 10 hryvnias (now 1,8 dollars) to 150 hryvnias (28 dollars). The cheapest - to taste precisely such, as on 25 hryvnias. (“ Why to pay more? “) But frank self-made “ basement “ drinks and even a factory counterfeit in a turn of 45 - 50 percent.
How to define a counterfeit product? At first it is necessary to pay attention to a container: when the plant changes a ware form, declare it in advance. Verify tax stamps, their authenticity can often be defined at visual supervision. Besides, some firms give free round-the-clock phones of the hot line for check of the goods. They are not advertized, but it is possible to learn. (For example, for the Ukrainian cognacs of production of the city of N. Kakhovk under the " trademark; Tavriya “ phone in Ukraine 8 - 800 - 500 - 10 - 40).
The vague, faded, opaque label on low-quality paper, the warped label, leaky packing, indistinct stamping on a cap, discrepancy of the name of vodka on a signature cap on a label, existence of foreign inclusions can be a sign of falsification. Additional sign of authenticity of vodka is the smearing trace on a bottle bottom which is formed at the movement of vodka on the conveyor. On a factory label glue is applied in the form of equal strips or an equal continuous covering.
As experts advise, it is also necessary to pay attention to ionic composition of vodka. But it is so unreal in our house life that to you it is not necessary and to consider this way. They still suggest to carry out evaporation. Vodka will practically not give after that the dry rest. It is not alcohol + water, to it a lot of things is added, and it will remain after evaporation. But, however, unambiguously it is impossible to reveal a counterfeit by this method too.
The most reliable results when determining harmful impurity are yielded by physical and chemical test methods, thus available in house conditions.
So, the way of definition of availability of fusel oil based on a peculiar smell inherent in it which buys the spirit drink containing more than 0,1 volume percent “ " raw vodkas; it is rather simple. Test from several drops should be pounded palms; emergence of a specific smell demonstrates availability of fusel oil. Pure test of alcohol or vodka of such smell has no.
Sometimes taste and a smell of some batches of vodka production are absolutely unusual for vodka. Often the fact that for its production many illegal enterprises use low-quality alcohol is the reason of such poor quality of vodka. The vodka prepared on technical hydrolytic alcohol develops a taste burning “ burned “ tones with a pungent unpleasant smell of burned rubber.
The forged vodka often is made not only of low-quality alcohol, but also of low-quality water. Water is used without special processing that considerably reduces vodka tastes, duration of its storage. In bottles with such production the deposit, a white or opaque ring on a bottle wall on vodka level is, as a rule, formed.
As falsification it is also worth considering decrease in content of alcohol in alcoholic beverages. But it is already so-called incomplete filling. However, ° even not all experts define decrease of fortress to 30 organoleptic. The degree can be determined by the simple device which represents similarity of a medicinal ampoule and is on sale in the market. But it suits only for vodka and alcohol.
By the way, about degrees. Fortress of the real Russian vodka was always expressed in degrees: ° is 1 0,01 part of waterless 100% of alcohol). It is so-called mendeleevsky system which is based on mixing of components not on volume, and on weight. It considers so-called contracting of alcohol when at connection of 50% of water and 50% of alcohol not 1000 of mix turns out, say, and is 70 g less.
In the West there was not to consider a tradition this fact and to estimate only formal, purely technical extent of distillation of the alcohol which was a source for receiving vodka. For us the designation " is not really clear; Scotch Whisky “ 40% of vol (that is volumes) (70 ° Proof). But also, at the end of the last century the fortress of our drinks began to be designated also as a percentage (it is unclear, from weight or from volume this percent is estimated) and even in strange “ % about. “. As proved our people, - “ in turns “ after you drink “.
And at the end it is banal, without moralising: vodka is not an alcoholism synonym. As well as a knife which can be the kitchen instrument and the tool of murder.