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  1. 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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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

    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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    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.
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    Bottle washing and draining

    thanks Paul - I have contacted fastrack to check what dimensions they are between holes.
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    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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    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?
  11. 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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