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Shelf-life of Soju and Makgeolli


Because soju is a distilled beverage with a high proof and no added organic ingredients, it doesn’t have a specific expiration date. It is sold in glasses, bottles, or packs.

Makgeolli is also sold in glasses, bottles, cans, or packs. Makgeolli sold in the market consists of saeng (un-sterilized) makgeolli and salgyun (sterilized) makgeolli. Customers are advised to carefully note the expiration dates of the different types of makgeolli.


In the heating process of making Salgyun makgeolli the naturally-occurring microorganisms found in the liquid are eliminated, significantly extending Salgyun makgeolli’s shelf-life. The process also removes any carbonic acid, giving the drink a mild and smooth taste.

  • • Saeng makgeolli has a shelf-life of roughly ten days. Unless refrigerated, fermentation continues to occur, giving saeng makgeolli a vinegary taste if consumed after its expiration date. Customers taking makgeolli abroad should purchase salgyun makgeolli instead of saeng makgeolli.

    - Shelf-life of saeng makgeolli: ten days when refrigerated below 10°C.
    - Shelf-life of salgyun makgeolli: about six months
  • • Prices as of March 2010
    1. · Soju (bottle, 360 ml): ~₩1,400
    2. · Soju (pack, 200 ml): ~₩1,000
    3. · Makgeolli: ₩1,000~₩2,500
  • ※ Customers should expect to pay roughly ₩3,000 for soju and ₩3,000~₩5,000 for makgeolli when dining out.

  • (Prices as of March 2010)
    ※ Prices may vary according to brand and quality.

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