How to determine the quality and authenticity of the vodka. How to recognize the counterfeit

Avoid low-quality counterfeit purchases and funding of clandestine alcoholic beverage industry, it is necessary to know the basic signs of a quality vodka.

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For anybody not a secret that the stores, especially in anticipation of the holidays, next to the bottles of this vodka, produced at the factory and in compliance with all the necessary technological processes and sanitary standards, are batteries of "Palenque", almost no different from the original.

a Cursory external inspection

Try to crank the cap at its base. If it sits loosely on the neck and turns from a minor application of force – the cork on the bottle has to stick somewhere in the basement or in the garage. Switched the focus to the label. Glued crooked, dull, without holographic security marks, with dull or worn-out drawing right label will indicate that a vodka away from sin back to return to the seller.


Turn the bottle upside down and thoroughly shaken a spiral motion. The quality of the alcohol product inside the bottle, a small "mini-tornado", consisting of very small air bubbles. In a bottle of vodka, prepared alcohol withdrawal plenty of water, the bubbles will be large and placed in a random manner without forming any geometric shapes. If it so happened that after agitation from the bottom bottle up the precipitate and the liquid in the bottle became cloudy, you can be sure that before you fake.

Looking for fusel oil

Bought a bottle of vodka at home can be subjected to a more severe test for authenticity. Mix in equal proportions a small amount of vodka and sulfuric acid. Darkened or even blackened fluid will show elevated check the vodka of fusel oils that will be evidence of gross violations of technological process during the production or direct indication that vodka, "moonshine." From vodka in the morning is an incredibly sore head, and poisoned by toxins, the body will "thank" you lack of appetite, nausea or even vomiting. You can RUB vodka between your hands. If the vodka in significant quantities are present in fusel oil, you will definitely get a characteristic scent nauseating smell of vodka.


Test pour vodka in a thin layer in a metal tube or cover, and then ignites it. Normal quality product must display on a flat, stable blue flame, and not to blaze with crackle, emitting the stench of fusel.

Methanol or ethanol?

Vodka is prepared by diluting technical methyl alcohol, is extremely poisonous and dangerous to life. Methanol is intoxicating in the same way as conventional ethanol, but tasted industrial alcohol, you can lose health, vision, and life. Stinks to just unsealed bottle of vodka, you bend the neck and make a sharp breath. If the nose hit a sharp odor resembling "flavor" of the solvent or acetone — vodka made from methyl alcohol. To finally be certain, omit the vodka in a piece of hot wire Appeared sharp and unpleasant odor of formalin will dispel all doubt, the vodka in the bottle is fake and dangerous to life.


To determine the presence of acids that are added to vodka to give it a pseudo-fortress, is quite simple. A litmus strip in such a poisonous drink red. Since litmus paper is not always at hand, it can successfully replace onion skin – when it detects acid it will be colored in red are not worse than litmus paper. Exactly the same property to recognize acids have the petals of the cornflower plant.


Vodka must be cooled to a temperature of about -200 C. a Good quality drink will remain in the liquid state. In the garage definitely fake ice crystals are formed, and the adulteration of low strength and does freeze. Avoid low-quality counterfeit vodka – take care of your health!

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