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Orange Flakes/Flecking/Substance in Gin months after bottling?


Matt Overway

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Has anyone ran into this issue and if so found a way to combat it?  It seems very sporadic and information has been hard to find.  Happy to share our processes if anyone can help point in the right direction.

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Post up some photos. Tell us more about your process - is it a distilled gin or compound? Do you add sugar or anything post distillation? Proof? Do you filter pre-bottling? If so how tight of a filter? Do you rinse or wash your bottles? How are they filled? Is it a cloudy debris or more sandy/grit like?

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Thank you for your response.  Our current process is starting with NGS and steeping all botanicals for 4-5 before redistilling.  Botanicals do not go into the still.  We are using RO water to proof down to 80 and filtering through a one micron.  Bottles are air rinsed before being filled on a Mori 6 head gravity filler.  Any insight is appreciated.  This is has never been noticed in our tasting rooms but once the spirit has gone out to our distributors and sits on a retail shelf.

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That's a new one. Just to double check - you're not adding anything post distillation? It seems like you're doing all the right things. At 40% ABV nothing biological should be growing. It must be a chemical reaction. Can you bottle a bottle without using the pump/bottle filler/air sparger? Give it some time to see if this stuff shows up. Maybe it's some contamination coming from a pump or hose? Doing this would eliminate some possibilities. Is the filter you're using reusable or one time? Maybe buy a different manufacturer?

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Unfortunately I do not believe this to be the case.  Product will sit in our warehouse for months and it doesn't happen.  Only once it is shipped out to the distributor or to a retailer have we found this to happen.

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On 7/8/2021 at 6:58 AM, FaintingGoatSpirits said:

Sounds like a marketing opportunity to me 😉

Not sure I get the spin on this?  

 "Weird unidentified orange shit in every bottle" People are going to buy the shit out of that lol 

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What kind of corks are you using?  I've seen composite corks fail and start to fall apart leaving lots of little floating particles and glue bits in the bottle.  When this happened the bottles were stored in extreme heat of a sales persons trunk in warm weather over several weeks.

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