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Does vodka distilled from wheat contain gluten?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 03, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Curious about this one, cause I haven't yet developed the taste for Chopin, which is notably distilled from potatoes. Most other vodkas (Grey Goose, Absolut, etc) are distilled from wheat. Anyone know if they contain gluten or not?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 17, 2012
at 04:06 PM

You are right that taste is really not the defining characteristic of a vodka- the defining characteristic (at least for me) is "smoothness." This likely has more to do with the distillation PROCESS than the type of grain, potato, or fruit it is distilled from. For fun with friends I've deciphered between grey goose and absolut (easy) and between svedka and kettle one. I am not sure how I would do between all four at once, but I'm sure I could pick out which one is GG.

7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

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on September 17, 2012
at 06:50 AM

I second that. I am actually allergic to wheat, and technically even wheat based vodka is supposed to contain no wheat. However I feel BAD after drinking wheat based vodka and I do not have these same effects after tequila or wine. I believe my own body, avoid the wheat.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on September 17, 2012
at 03:52 AM

+1 because cross contamination is a legitimate issue. Jesus Bill.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on September 17, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Bill, if you're so pissed off at every question and answer posted here, why on earth do you hang out here?

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on September 17, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Just bought a bottle duty free.....yusss

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on September 17, 2012
at 02:23 AM

So I guess the down vote is yours. I can't understand why you're so angry. If I have whiskey or bourbon I end up destroying a bathroom and have achy joints for a week. If I have vodka or tequila all's well. I call that a gluten problem.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on September 17, 2012
at 01:35 AM

seriously folks?! 99.99999% of people are less sensitive to toxic mold spores than wheat it would appear, yet this site manages to find those who claim a couple molecules worth of 'wheat' sets them off like an ebola pandemic. Odds are, there are more wheat type molecules on that boulder your carrying around than in a distilled vodka manufactured in a plant that processes wheat.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on September 16, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Nope. It tastes better IMO.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 16, 2012
at 09:00 PM

LOL. Is this a joke?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 16, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Have since tried various potato vodkas. Chopin is my favorite, but still cannot compare to Grey Goose, and not even to Absolut. Potato vodkas dry are also unusually dehydrating for me. GG FTW.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

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on June 03, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Good question...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Beer has gluten, vodka does not. Beer is brewed, vodka is distilled.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 03, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Thanks! And no flavored vodkas for me, so that's not a concern.

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E687b5eb51456c9a0205aff406f44ca3

on June 03, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Gluten is removed during distillation, so they should be gluten-free unless they have had gluten-containing flavoring added.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 03, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Thanks! And no flavored vodkas for me, so that's not a concern.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Technically there should be no gluten because the definition of distillation is to evaporate the alcohol and recondense it so that all the impurities are removed. However, I have had bad luck with wheat sourced spirits; and, I attribute that to cross contamination at the factory. It's very easy to make pure alcohol from distillation, however once it's made if you're in a factory that processes wheat, it's easy for some to get in there after it's distilled.

7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

(357)

on September 17, 2012
at 06:50 AM

I second that. I am actually allergic to wheat, and technically even wheat based vodka is supposed to contain no wheat. However I feel BAD after drinking wheat based vodka and I do not have these same effects after tequila or wine. I believe my own body, avoid the wheat.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on September 17, 2012
at 01:35 AM

seriously folks?! 99.99999% of people are less sensitive to toxic mold spores than wheat it would appear, yet this site manages to find those who claim a couple molecules worth of 'wheat' sets them off like an ebola pandemic. Odds are, there are more wheat type molecules on that boulder your carrying around than in a distilled vodka manufactured in a plant that processes wheat.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on September 17, 2012
at 03:52 AM

+1 because cross contamination is a legitimate issue. Jesus Bill.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on September 17, 2012
at 02:23 AM

So I guess the down vote is yours. I can't understand why you're so angry. If I have whiskey or bourbon I end up destroying a bathroom and have achy joints for a week. If I have vodka or tequila all's well. I call that a gluten problem.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on September 17, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Bill, if you're so pissed off at every question and answer posted here, why on earth do you hang out here?

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1242ce7530f9e4e63e42777fa194235f

on September 17, 2012
at 12:15 AM

42 Below Vodka... brewed from the finest quality New Zealand wheat... just say'n...

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on September 17, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Just bought a bottle duty free.....yusss

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Dc95d53b5b579a87afea573efc18d32f

(50)

on June 03, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Try Monopolowa. It's a potato vodka that compares very favorably to Grey Goose and Russian Standard.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 16, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Have since tried various potato vodkas. Chopin is my favorite, but still cannot compare to Grey Goose, and not even to Absolut. Potato vodkas dry are also unusually dehydrating for me. GG FTW.

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96c7b2229f2bc65189c2e21651559feb

on September 17, 2012
at 03:46 AM

Ciroc ...distilled from grapes...very good :)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Honestly I don't think it is the substrate but the groups who use potato seem to be more legit and produce a better product. It's just a sign that they care about their product. I'd be surprised if anyone could taste the difference.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 17, 2012
at 04:06 PM

You are right that taste is really not the defining characteristic of a vodka- the defining characteristic (at least for me) is "smoothness." This likely has more to do with the distillation PROCESS than the type of grain, potato, or fruit it is distilled from. For fun with friends I've deciphered between grey goose and absolut (easy) and between svedka and kettle one. I am not sure how I would do between all four at once, but I'm sure I could pick out which one is GG.

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5f80078ca8eb85bb3850d730ccb6db47

on September 16, 2012
at 01:26 PM

No gluten in vodka. Bottoms up. Cheers.

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19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on September 16, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Potato vodka FTW!

Not for contamination concerns, but for taste!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 16, 2012
at 09:00 PM

LOL. Is this a joke?

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on September 16, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Nope. It tastes better IMO.

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