The father of the periodic table also established the formula for distilling vodka.Dmitri Mendeleev is best known for developing our modern periodic table of the elements. However, most people do not know that his work was also integral to Russia’s vodka industry!Vodka became a staple as a Russian beverage back in the 1300s. However, there was no standard for distillation for 500 years! This meant that consumers could never quite be sure how strong the average vodka would be. Mendeleev’s work in 1894 helped to establish a national standard for vodka production. This original formula called for 40% alcohol by volume, but it is still referenced to this day in distilleries. (Sources: 1, 2)

The father of the periodic table also established the formula for distilling vodka.

Dmitri Mendeleev is best known for developing our modern periodic table of the elements. However, most people do not know that his work was also integral to Russia’s vodka industry!

Vodka became a staple as a Russian beverage back in the 1300s. However, there was no standard for distillation for 500 years! This meant that consumers could never quite be sure how strong the average vodka would be. 

Mendeleev’s work in 1894 helped to establish a national standard for vodka production. This original formula called for 40% alcohol by volume, but it is still referenced to this day in distilleries. 
(Sources: 12)