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(Scientific American)   Gluten free ... vodka? By Shaq?   (scientificamerican.com) divider line 55
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2013-11-18 02:07:29 PM
All vodka is gluten-free unless there is some flavored vodka out there where someone adds a gluten-containing ingredient.

I'm expecting to see bottled water with a gluten free tag any day now.
 
2013-11-18 02:41:00 PM
No HFCS!
No Trans Fats!
Caffeine Free!
0 g of Carbs!
 
2013-11-18 02:49:52 PM

Sybarite: All vodka is gluten-free unless there is some flavored vodka out there where someone adds a gluten-containing ingredient.

I'm expecting to see bottled water with a gluten free tag any day now.


Gluten free mixers for your gluten free vodka. Lemonade, cranberry juice. All gluten free. The healthy choice!
 
2013-11-18 03:02:57 PM
What's vodka? Is it anything like vodak?
 
2013-11-18 03:05:24 PM
Apparently it tastes great, but if you're more than an inch away from the rim when you try to pour it, it spills all over the table
 
2013-11-18 03:17:15 PM
That's why I love crack, totally gluton free.
 
2013-11-18 03:18:52 PM
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Shaquille? Time has ravaged your once youthful looks...
 
2013-11-18 03:19:45 PM
That's why I only drink vodak made from potatoes. Just to be sure.
 
2013-11-18 03:23:30 PM
That's Dr. Shaq to us.
 
2013-11-18 03:25:45 PM
I'm waiting for lactose free vodak before I start destroying my liver again
 
2013-11-18 03:35:29 PM
How about you drink a decent form of alcohol, glutards?
 
2013-11-18 03:41:56 PM
oblig
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-11-18 03:42:15 PM
Sure, why not.  Doubling down on stupid is an American tradition.
 
2013-11-18 03:48:57 PM

FishyFred: [24.media.tumblr.com image 423x750]

Shaquille? Time has ravaged your once youthful looks...


That was a hilarious Brad Tries.  Okay, the part with Jake and the t-shirts the fans sent him was what made it hilarious.
 
2013-11-18 03:50:46 PM
Made from Big Shaqtus juice
 
2013-11-18 03:52:38 PM
There's nothing wrong with marketing to a niche.
 
2013-11-18 04:01:41 PM
Gluten-free...it's the Oat Bran of the 21st century!
 
2013-11-18 04:07:06 PM
It it distilled from Shaq's non existent free throw shooting skills?
 
2013-11-18 04:10:56 PM

FishyFred: [24.media.tumblr.com image 423x750]

Shaquille? Time has ravaged your once youthful looks...


c'mon.  you could do better.

www.drinksodashaq.com
 
2013-11-18 04:11:57 PM
Alcoholic drinks in the US don't fall under the same rules as food, so allergy information is never posted on them.   For those of us with food allergies, this is really annoying.
 
2013-11-18 04:15:59 PM

jigger: oblig
[imgs.xkcd.com image 401x238]


Also an SMBC: "0% skin from a dead hobo's mouth"
 
2013-11-18 04:17:04 PM

stonelotus: FishyFred: [24.media.tumblr.com image 423x750]

Shaquille? Time has ravaged your once youthful looks...

c'mon.  you could do better.

[www.drinksodashaq.com image 270x720]


ALL HAIL HYPNO-CAN!!!
 
2013-11-18 04:17:23 PM
I see "Gluten Free!" proudly displayed on ham steaks. It's the health fad du jour.
 
2013-11-18 04:17:46 PM
This still is not a posibility for me.  I only drink free range, non animal tested, fair trade Vodak.
 
2013-11-18 04:24:54 PM
Is Gold Bond gluten free?
 
2013-11-18 04:28:18 PM

Sybarite: All vodka is gluten-free unless there is some flavored vodka out there where someone adds a gluten-containing ingredient.

I'm expecting to see bottled water with a gluten free tag any day now.


I have powdered cheese for my popcorn that is labeled gluten free.

Here's a test for people out there...

Are you allergic to gluten? No? The shut the f*ck up... you don't need to spend the 50-75% mark up for gluten free stuff.
 
2013-11-18 04:28:38 PM
It's the only way you'll get through playing Shaq Fu.
 
2013-11-18 04:34:10 PM
I'm going to start marketing vegan salt and gluten-free water.
 
2013-11-18 04:39:24 PM
Lemme go Seinfeld here. What's with all these vodkas? I walked down the vodka isle at my giant liquor store and there's a hundred different brands of neutral spirit. I can understand the wide variety of rums and whiskeys, but there's not supposed to be any variation in vodaks.
 
2013-11-18 04:42:18 PM

wildcardjack: Lemme go Seinfeld here. What's with all these vodkas? I walked down the vodka isle at my giant liquor store and there's a hundred different brands of neutral spirit. I can understand the wide variety of rums and whiskeys, but there's not supposed to be any variation in vodaks.


Soccer moms and bros.  It's always the fault of soccer moms and bros.
 
2013-11-18 04:44:51 PM

JonBuck: I see "Gluten Free!" proudly displayed on ham steaks. It's the health fad du jour.


Yes. It's equally as stupid as any of the previous health fads. Unless you have an allergy to gluten (which affects a whopping .75% of the population), a gluten free diet offers no known benefits.
 
2013-11-18 04:51:14 PM

FrancoFile: Soccer moms and bros. It's always the fault of soccer moms and bros.


It's well-known that consumption of Grey Goose helps with making the duckface for selfies.
 
2013-11-18 05:01:26 PM

wildcardjack: Lemme go Seinfeld here. What's with all these vodkas? I walked down the vodka isle at my giant liquor store and there's a hundred different brands of neutral spirit. I can understand the wide variety of rums and whiskeys, but there's not supposed to be any variation in vodaks.


I dunno. Probably means it's time to taste test.
A hundred different brands, eh? Hm...
 
2013-11-18 05:17:15 PM
Shaq is mentioned in a Scientific American article?
 
2013-11-18 05:17:50 PM

Snapper Carr: Yes. It's equally as stupid as any of the previous health fads. Unless you have an allergy to gluten (which affects a whopping .75% of the population), a gluten free diet offers no known benefits.


One of the local pizza places is advertising "Gluten Free Crust!" with a footnote saying that due to inevitable cross-contamination with regular flour, it is not recommended for people who have an actual gluten sensitivity.
 
2013-11-18 05:19:04 PM

JonBuck: I see "Gluten Free!" proudly displayed on ham steaks. It's the health fad du jour.


The pretzels taste better, though.
 
2013-11-18 05:31:49 PM
On Neil Degrasse Tyson's Star Talk, Dan Aykroyd touted the healthy qualities of his Crystal Head vodka. Starting at about 30:30. NDG didn't really buy it, though
 
2013-11-18 05:43:12 PM

wildcardjack: Lemme go Seinfeld here. What's with all these vodkas? I walked down the vodka isle at my giant liquor store and there's a hundred different brands of neutral spirit. I can understand the wide variety of rums and whiskeys, but there's not supposed to be any variation in vodaks.


Grain based vs Potato based vs (whatever else you can distill a neutral spirit from) based.

# of times distilled.

# of times filtered.

Flavored, and additional ingredients.
 
2013-11-18 06:02:27 PM

Seequinn: wildcardjack: Lemme go Seinfeld here. What's with all these vodkas? I walked down the vodka isle at my giant liquor store and there's a hundred different brands of neutral spirit. I can understand the wide variety of rums and whiskeys, but there's not supposed to be any variation in vodaks.

Grain based vs Potato based vs (whatever else you can distill a neutral spirit from) based.

# of times distilled.

# of times filtered.

Flavored, and additional ingredients.


From a practical standpoint, it's always distilled and filtered to the point where all vodkas are functionally identical, and from an allergen/nutrition standpoint essentially contain only alcohol and water... they're very close to a neutral grain spirit, which, likewise, doesn't have enough of anything to set off any allergy.

The exception is some potato vodkas, which can actually have some residual potato chemistry, and the flavorings you've mentioned (which are for the most part non-allergenic).

Basically, if you have a food allergy or Celiac's, any vodka is fine... they are in most cases literally below the threshold of detectability on differences between them and don't even have a human-detectable taste difference.
 
2013-11-18 06:18:03 PM
I haven't had any problems with vodka,
but Sam Adams' Peanutty Shrimp Ale almost killed me.
 
2013-11-18 06:33:15 PM
I didn't realize that we had a food allergy research program at UNL. Cool.
 
2013-11-18 07:44:11 PM
I'm going to make a fortune selling gluten free water.
 
2013-11-18 08:31:32 PM

Comment Bot: I haven't had any problems with vodka,
but Sam Adams' Peanutty Shrimp Ale almost killed me.


Watch out for Oysterbraü.
 
2013-11-18 08:32:20 PM

Polish Hussar: FishyFred: [24.media.tumblr.com image 423x750]

Shaquille? Time has ravaged your once youthful looks...

That was a hilarious Brad Tries.  Okay, the part with Jake and the t-shirts the fans sent him was what made it hilarious.


Having tried it myself (the vanilla cream and strawberry I believe), I have to say they're a little insane in that video... If I want a good cream soda, I hunt down a Henry Weinhard's (who also make a farking damn good root beer too). The Shaq stuff wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't even dare to buy it again unless everyone was sold out of Arnold Palmers, Green Teas, Black & Whites, etc first.
 
2013-11-18 08:49:14 PM
Jim_Callahan: From a practical standpoint, it's always distilled and filtered to the point where all vodkas are functionally identical,

In actuality though, not all vodkas are created the same.

1) Some aren't filtered enough

2) Some pick up the taste of the filters (so have a charcoal like aftertaste, or a chemical like aftertaste, depending on the filter).

That's why people do stuff like this.
http://lifehacker.com/5404375/increase-the-quality-of-cheap-vodka-wi th -a-water-filter

Once you get past the above though, yeah it doesn't matter.

// personally, I go with Finlandia and I can't stand Gray Goose.
 
2013-11-18 08:52:36 PM
Jim_Callahan: From a practical standpoint, it's always distilled and filtered to the point where all vodkas are functionally identical,

Also, an interesting copypasta

"Their tester (and each of them, actually) was able to determine the filtered vodka from the top shelf vodka, and concluded you cannot filter cheap vodka and suddenly turn it into expensive vodka.

HOWEVER. Everyone agreed that the taste of the bottom shelf vodka improved from the filtration! The point here is that the myth they tested wasn't "can you make bad vodka better by filtering," it was "can you make bad vodka as good as top-shelf vodka by filtering.""
 
2013-11-18 09:04:48 PM
If it tastes anything like a blueberry Soda Shaq, I'll be in AA in about 4 months.
 
2013-11-18 09:39:24 PM

JonBuck: I see "Gluten Free!" proudly displayed on ham steaks. It's the health fad du jour.


A lot of cheap meat products (actually, cheap anything) have gluten fillers.  Canadian Bacon frequently is not safe for the gluten intolerant.
 
2013-11-18 09:41:33 PM

Snapper Carr: JonBuck: I see "Gluten Free!" proudly displayed on ham steaks. It's the health fad du jour.

Yes. It's equally as stupid as any of the previous health fads. Unless you have an allergy to gluten (which affects a whopping .75% of the population), a gluten free diet offers no known benefits.


Dude, I don't have an allergy to gluten, per se.  But I hate pooping rocks.  Bonus: Most junk food is off limits or too expensive.
 
2013-11-18 09:51:53 PM

FishyFred: [24.media.tumblr.com image 423x750]

Shaquille? Time has ravaged your once youthful looks...


I tried the vanilla creme one. I love cream soda, especially A&W and Virgils, so figured at 1$ for a giant can it was worth a try.
It was not.
The soda was near flat right from the can. The taste was not great but was overwhelmingly vanilla. It is not something I will be trying again.

Local whole foods-type store has maple cream soda. Its amazing. 2$ a bottle but its like eating a maple donut, delicious.
 
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