indyspirits Posted July 1, 2018 Share Posted July 1, 2018 Our method is roughly this: macerate 40g various botanicals (juniper comprising 47% of total botanical load) at 70% abv for 48 hours. Dilute to 40%. Charge still (we dont filter botanicals out). For "heads cut" dilute some volume N by 1/2 with RO water. Once that stops louching start collecting "hearts". We stop collecting when the distillate tastes earthy / "dry" / overly savory / unpleasant. This invariably results in a VERY flavorful gin that lightly louches at bottle strength (46% for this expression). We then add 46% neutral until is just stops louching and then bottle. This is a very dicey proposition as we all know the oils can come out of suspension if the temp drops. The volume we leave in the pot (the inconsistency really triggers my OCD) would make our finance guy's butthole pucker -- sometimes as much as 40% of the initial charge. I ask you ginners this: what volume are you leaving in the pot and what, if anything, are you doing about it? Do you re-rectify in your big column? Treat and send to waste? Use it for the base of the next batch? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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