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  1. needmorstuff

    botanical with similar flavour profile to grains of paradise

    I already use a small amount of cardamom , I will look into the others, I as a looking for a direct replacement but if it doesn't exist I could get an exemption for the grains of paradise. We perfected our flavour profile so didint want to start again.
  2. needmorstuff

    botanical with similar flavour profile to grains of paradise

    I haven't tried it but the two are different from a chew one up in my mouth perspective
  3. I am unable to find organic grains of paradise, or at least certified in the EU. to that end has anyone used something with a similar flavour profile to grains of paradise? I can then try find that in organic form.
  4. needmorstuff

    flavored Gin botanical quantities

    I have my final recipe complete for my dry gin. I now want to start crafting my flavoured gin, I will be using flavour extract but am wondering about botanical per L for flavoured gins. Is it reasonable to half the juniper and leave all other botanicals the same? or best to half them all.. or other? any advice on your experience in the matter is greatly received.
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    Bottle washing and draining

    I have just seen a pic of the fastrack 24 and rather than using the 4 corners you stagger the bottles per row.. that way you get 12 bottles per layer. I'll buy a few and see if it works out ok. The other option I considered was buying some sheets of 5mm plexi and drilling out holes for the neck and fashioning a leg at each corner using threaded rod and nuts.. then just not stacking them up.
  6. needmorstuff

    Bottle washing and draining

    thanks Paul - I have contacted fastrack to check what dimensions they are between holes.
  7. needmorstuff

    Bottle washing and draining

    HI Paul - I have seen that in quote a few places and it looks ok.. I will be working with a batch size of 100 or so bottles.. I can quickly imagine me breaking that washer with the spring inside. I think i know the 25 bottle drainer you refer to and that was my concern that I would only get 4 or 8 per layer. So be it.. unless there are others.
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    Bottle washing and draining

    Hi, I am on the search for an inexpensive way of washing and draining/storing bottle with a diameter of 100mm... for my Gin. For washing I was thinking of this - Bottle Washer Double Blast Bit draining bottles economically and storing is proving more difficult.. the "tree" style ones leave water in the neck and the rack style ones all seem to be for beer or wine bottles. Any ideas?
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    Organic grains of paradise

    thanks for the info. appreciate that.
  10. needmorstuff

    UK HMRC recommended affordable spirit hydrometer

    contacted them and they came straight back with what I need! thanks so much this has been a bit of a pain but now hopefully someone else can benefit form this info.
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    UK HMRC recommended affordable spirit hydrometer

    thanks- I will contact them.
  12. needmorstuff

    Organic grains of paradise

    well I am at a loss. I cant find any in bulk packs.. only £5.50 for a retail jar of 70gm. has anyone substituted black peppercorn with good results?
  13. is anyone aware of an affordable (less than £300) hydrometer for spirits production that is allowed by hmrc?
  14. needmorstuff

    How do they flavour those Gins!

    So we have changed our idea and are now going to go with a cherry flavoured gin in addition to our dry gin. I am actually considering simply adding a cherry syrup or cherry flavour essence of some type and adding sugar. ... does anyone use something similar ?
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    Dephlegmator Needed For London Dry Gin?

    I was going down to 30% originally, too earthy nutty... last time around i stopped at 45% and whilst it does slow down notably with the same input power it is still a very nice product at the end. In the uk we use NGS so leaving alcohol in the boiler is waster money.. but you have to be strict or the end result whilst the yield is greater is not good at all. I am using a simple pot still, 50l with 2kw input so it is quite slow (we are only a very small operation) maybe thats why I can go down to 45% abv and it still be acceptable in my final product.