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Hi all,

My first post. I have had a search and cant find any previous questions covering this:

I have recently started making Gin, people like it and want it so I must be doing something right but I want to improve it.

  • I have been pounding my botanicals in a pestle and mortar. Is this correct.
  • My the tails come of tainted a light brown], any idea what causes this?
  • Can I add them to my next run?

I am finding this forum and particularly Odin's topic extremely interesting and informative.

Thanks David

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Thank you for the kudo's, David. I'll try to dive into your questions and give you my opinion:

1. Lots of work. Not needed. Boiling will do it for you. And your gin base gets boiled for a long time (when boiler infused gin is your thing). I'd only advice to put the juniper berries in at 60% over night, because they are thick skinned;

2. Weird. Sounds like you get some coloration over, indicating you have puking? Maybe herbs in the column and (slight) blockage of the column? If you tell more about your set-up, its easier to dive in deeper;

3. Nope. You will create too much of a back of throat flavor. If possible collect your tails and rerun them into a vodka. If your equipment allows. You can re-use the vodka as gns base for a next gin run.

Hope this info helps. Any more Q's, let me know.

Regards, Odin.

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Sloe Gin

With Xmas around the corner, its is time for England's traditional liqueur: sloe gin. We did quite some investigation on the topic over the last few weeks on how it is made. And we applied the iStill technology to make the production process of sloe gin more controlled, easier, faster, and less capital intensive. Debriefing the team on the results of yesterday's run as we speak, I expect to release an article on how to make in just a few hours.

So, if you are interested in sloe gin, stay tuned!

Regards, Odin.

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On 10/23/2018 at 10:46 PM, Odin said:

Thank you for the kudo's, David. I'll try to dive into your questions and give you my opinion:

1. Lots of work. Not needed. Boiling will do it for you. And your gin base gets boiled for a long time (when boiler infused gin is your thing). I'd only advice to put the juniper berries in at 60% over night, because they are thick skinned;

2. Weird. Sounds like you get some coloration over, indicating you have puking? Maybe herbs in the column and (slight) blockage of the column? If you tell more about your set-up, its easier to dive in deeper;

3. Nope. You will create too much of a back of throat flavor. If possible collect your tails and rerun them into a vodka. If your equipment allows. You can re-use the vodka as gns base for a next gin run.

Hope this info helps. Any more Q's, let me know.

Regards, Odin.

Many thanks,

I have a fairly basic setup that can run 20L at a time or 12 for Gin. a simple column / reflux still. It is mainly packed with marbles as most other type of packing arn't available in the country I am currently in. It gives around 92% ABV with a sugar wash when I'm making spirit. I use 40% ABV to distill the Gin.


I put the botanicals in my homemade basket and they sit in the neck of the pot at the base of the column so the vapor has to pass through them. Maybe I need to turn the heat down when it gets up to temp and do a slower run? The glass bottle is to collect the heads.

Any thought much apprieciated

Regards

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Here's a nice article. An American perspective on Jenever:

http://www.snooth.com/articles/bringing-genever-back/?utm_campaign=15990&utm_medium=email&utm_source=all&utm_content=86417&fbclid=IwAR1jejSnGVbZ-oGHgImKFFQ97CARhqRBmiAretSozwSOYYuRPzmKgCuiSrA

A drink that deserves to have a spot on the US market, as it did (7 times bigger than gin back then) before WW1.

Regards, Odin.

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