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  1. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Oh boy...does that mean I've been wasting botanicals during each run? I took a gin course a few months a ago and that was the quantity we had used. Yeesh. So now, if I adjust my quantity (71.3g/L) to about half of what it was, will I still get the same result flavor wise?
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    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Hi Indy, I'm interested to know how you managed to scale up your recipe? We are using a 20L alembic still, but only running 1.5L trials each time. I've mastered the botanicals in my last trial run, but now how do I scale up to a 600L(150ish gallon) still? Am I crazy to think that multiplying my 1.5L by 400 is a place to start? That sounds ridiculously insane to me as calculating botanical costs for a 600L seems to add up to $556/run in botanicals. This seems nuts, no? I used 107g of botanicals in my 1.5L batch.
  3. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    Ok thank you. That's what I figured. I will just used them to store excess grains. Thanks
  4. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    Yes, they are painted on the exterior.
  5. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Bringing back and old thread...What to do with all the d*** heads!?

    Anyone else have any suggestions on what to do with the heads? I've heard of selling them to a marijuana plant to create hash oil...what other options do we have?
  6. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    Haha! Ya no kidding! Yuck. I can't even imagine. Good advice. I'll keep looking.
  7. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    That sounds like a good option as well. I was hoping to collect all in one tank, but that might just work. I would then have to dump into a proofing tank of sorts, which then I still have to find. Does anyone know where money trees grow? I could use one right about now. Haha! Thoughts on these food grade plastic barrels for collection? I'm searching for 500L plastic storage tanks for proofing. Am I heading in the right direction?
  8. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    Hi! Thank you for your reply. We managed to find these barrels for $25 each. They are in fantastic condition. Do you think it's safe to collect distillate in them? How do I know? I haven't cleaned them out yet. There's still some palm oil chunks left in them, but very clean otherwise. Would TSP be a good cleaner for them? What do you collect in now? I'm on a tight budget and you're right, SS drums are impossible to find cheap. Suggestions?
  9. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    Yes you are correct, I meant drums thank you for the links. I'm hoping to keep the drum cost under $100/drum. I think in the meantime, I might use them for grain storage, but would be disappointed if they could have been used for temporary spirit storage.
  10. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Barrels for distillations

    Hi! I'm looking for some advice. I just purchased 4 -45gal food grade barrels that we previously used for palm and coconut oil. They are rated food grade as they have what appears to be a sprayed lining in them. I need something to collect my distillate off the still and for proofing down. Would this be sufficient? I can't find any info on the coating of the barrels and am worried that I jumped the gun and bought something that I can't use for this purpose. What do you all use ? I need something that is affordable as we are a small-ish distillery(150gallon still). Thanks!
  11. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Cane sugar

    Fantastic! Thank you for all of the info. I will check that out!
  12. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Cane sugar

    Have you found at what proof you must keep your sweetened liqueur before crystalization occurs? Also, by 400g/L...is that 400g sugar for 1 L water? Forgive me if that is a silly question.
  13. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Cane sugar

    A big thanks to both yourself and Meerkat! I appreciate the explanations!
  14. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Cane sugar

    Hi Meerkat! Thanks so much for your response. Just to be clear, what do you mean exactly by high sugar loading or high proof? Do you mean it will crystallize when bottled at high proof? Sorry if that sounds dumb, but I've somehow become confused. Lol Good point on the measuring by weight rather than volume 👌
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    Cane sugar

    Hi! Following this topic. Do you have problems with sugar crystallizing around the tops of your bottles using this method? I've had someone recommended liquid invert sugar to prevent this, but this is a costly way of doing things. Thanks!
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