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  1. I am moving from a 50l 2.4kw direct heat to a 100l. With my 50l I would run full power to heatup and then dial down top around 3.6kw for the run. This was on a 3" pot still then went to a 3" to 2" reducer, into a 90 dedgree bend then reduced again to 1" then a 90, then into a 1" liebig. 3" > 2" > 90 > 1" > 90 > 1" liebig The 100l is a 3" pot that runs to a 2" shotgun condensor and has 7kw of power available via 2 x 3.5kw elements.. the 7kw is good for the heatup but will it be overkill for the run... anyone any experience running gin on a 100l or 26 gallon still direct heated?
  2. just looking at this.. is it organic? my german isnt very good. this one ? https://www.amazon.de/Paradieskörner-Malagetta-Pfeffer-Guineapfeffer-Pfefferkörner-Afrika/dp/B01NBE1LVV/ref=sr_1_17?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1546437541&sr=1-17&keywords=achterhof
  3. Taxes are calculated on bottles sold.. not quantity in spirit safe. Ish is for my spirit safe
  4. i was using proof gallons intstead of wine galons in liquor proofer! what an idiot I am. yes its not perfect but its close enough for my needs. and its free.
  5. Firstly thanks for both replies. 45 litres tells me which method to use. It was kgs, not kg lbs. 37.5 litres because I buy ngs in 25 litre containers.. I used1.5 of thrm ( one full and half by weight of the other) It is 70 @ 8c so really 72.5 ish. These figures don't need to be absolutely perfrct. The only ones that do are my lpa in bottles and for that i have a calibrated thermometer and alcometer. I have tried to use your software a few times and do keep having a go but it's not very user friendly and I have been in I.T for 22 years so used to excel and lots of software. I guess once you know your way around it thrn it's obvious but I have 8 attempts left before my trial runs out so maybe I will get there.
  6. I have 40.5kg lbs of gin @ 70 % abv pand with a temp of 8c Depending on what method or app I use to calculate volume (required by the government) I get a different answer. One get me about 65litres the other 47litres. This is from 37.5 litres of 96% NGS Can someone help me out with the correct answer.so I know what method to trust?
  7. 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.
  8. I haven't tried it but the two are different from a chew one up in my mouth perspective
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. thanks Paul - I have contacted fastrack to check what dimensions they are between holes.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. thanks for the info. appreciate that.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. is anyone aware of an affordable (less than £300) hydrometer for spirits production that is allowed by hmrc?
  19. 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 ?
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. needmorstuff

    Odin on Gin

    good enough for me Paul - thanks again, and the .2 micron won't filter out flavour from my Gin?
  23. 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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