Distillation technology and history of Korean distilled spirit, Soju

증류기술과 대한민국 소주의 역사

  • Received : 2019.11.13
  • Accepted : 2019.11.28
  • Published : 2019.12.31

Abstract

Soju is a traditional distilled spirit that may traced back to the 13th century, Koryo Dynasty in Korean Peninsula. It is the major distilled spirit consumed in Korea and it was considered Korea's most popular alcoholic beverage. Despite of the long history and popularity, its production manners have been limited developed in terms of distillation technology. In this article, a variety of distillation stills including batch pots and continuous columns are reviewed. Additionally, by introducing recent distillation technologies, Soju and distilled spirits related industry can apply the technologies on the product development for corresponding consumer's diverse needs.

대한민국 전통 증류기인 소줏고리를 현대화 하는 연구도 진행되고 있는데, 세라믹 재질에서 오는 열소비 특성과 다공성 흡착능 등의 성질을 이용해 고품질 증류식소주 제조가 가능한 현대화된 한국형 증류기 개발이 목표이다. 이를 위해 한국식품연구원과 한국세라믹기술원의 기술융합 연구가 진행되고 있다. 증류기의 기술개발과 함께 다양한 방법으로 증류주를 생산할 수 있게 됨에 따라 우리나라 소주도 각양각색의 제품 생산이 가능해졌다. 원료의 풍미가 그대로 살아 있는 소주, 특정 향미를 강화시킨 소주, 주질에 악영향을 주는 성분을 제거한 소주 등 소비 기호에 따라 맞춤형 소주도 가능해 질 것으로 기대한다.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단, 한국식품연구원

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