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  1. needmorstuff

    Organic grains of paradise

    thanks for the info. appreciate that.
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    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?
  3. is anyone aware of an affordable (less than £300) hydrometer for spirits production that is allowed by hmrc?
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    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.
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    How do they flavour those Gins!

    I have produced some Gin, and added Rhubarb "syrup" to it.. it is cloudy and not very strong tasting of rhubarb. I had 600ml of Gin and 400ml of rhubarb that came out about 43% I used 500gm of fresh rhubarb, cleaned and covered with water - brought to a light boil and simmered for 10 mins. Filtered through coffee papers. No sugar was added. It doesnt have the Rhubarb hit I associate with the current commercial rhubarb flavoured gins and it was cloudy. Left to settle the liquid does clear leaving "pulp?" on the bottom. So to the question - how do you best extract flavour from fruits for addition to gin? and subsequently how do you "clear/filter it" - or do the manufacturers just use a commercially available flavour extract with colouring...
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    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.
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    Dephlegmator Needed For London Dry Gin?

    This is a similar point I keep asking about with bubble plates and macceration. Out of interest what vapour temp do people typically stop collecting? I stopped as high as 98c on my last run as I couldn't detect the nutty earthy notes but the final watered down product did have a little too much worthiness for my palate
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    Odin on Gin

    good enough for me Paul - thanks again, and the .2 micron won't filter out flavour from my Gin?
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    You have to ring up to order, when I did they only had 1 type of juniper. It cost me £75 iirc for 3kg juniper and 1.5 coriander... ask for some samples as well. I got some citruspeel, angelic root, cardamom.
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    Where are you guys/gals getting good botanicals?
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    Odin on Gin

    Thanks Paul. I had been advised to go for enolmatic but to go for the specific spirit one with stainless steel and suitable hose.
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    no vat on any botanicals i know of. its classed as food.
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    I tried just ingredients, the quality difference between them and organicherb is substantial... certainly for corriander and juniper. higher moisture content for the juniper and a more pronounced flavour - the corriander is notably more flavoursome and the aroma is more intense
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    And the 25kg aren't that much cheaper I don't think... what do you pay? If you don't mind me asking.... do head on provide organic?
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    Odin on Gin

    You are right on the money! I came to that conclusion earlier today. Talking filters... I am going to go with a vacuum bottle filler, i am in two minds whether to also get an inline filter with it as well.. any thought on that?
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    Odin on Gin

    ok - as long as its stable in the bottle i guess thats the main thing... TBH it could be the water I am using as well.. easy to test though, I will add some neutral to it. I am not using and RO filter yet..
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    Odin on Gin

    on louching, when you dilute the gin to the point where louching dissipates - wouldn't the addition of a mixer then cause the oils to come back out? or is it the case that once the oils are dissolved in the alcohol that they never "undissolve"
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    Odin on Gin

    I'll see what they say.. presumably any sample is small. how does one objectively establish the good from the bad? just water down and taste/nose perhaps?
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    organic herb? I never thought to check the course tbh... quality seems good to me though - the juniper is so much better than the generic stuff i got off amazon
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    Starting out with a smaller still

    its not a brand... its a 50l keg boiler with a custom made head.
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    Starting out with a smaller still

    I am moving the process of registering as a producer in the uk, small operation. So I only have a smallstill and am looking to reduce initial costs. One thiing that came to mind is the two shot method. How many people double the botanicals bill and dilute with more NGS after the process? (aka two shot)
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    Starting out with a smaller still

    mate you are right on the money! I will only charge to 30% only one shot and I have already made the mistake during recipe development of getting greedy with tails! This time around i ran nice and slow.. 2kw on a 50l still - coming off at 500ml every 8 minutes... the musky smelling tails didn't even rear their head, i did macerate the juniper and coriander this time though - made my tails cut at 96.6c - 34% getting their.. just need to balance the bitterness now..
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    UK Botanical suppliers

    shame as i keep hearing they are good, in the meantime i have had some of organic herb trading and the quality seems great...
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