Umqombothi traditional Xhosa Beer

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Umqombothi, from the Xhosa language, is a beer made from maize, maize malt, sorghum malt, yeast and water. It is commonly found in South Africa. It is very rich in Vitamin B. The beer has a heavy and distinctly sour aroma. The beer does not have a very high alcohol content, usually less than 3%. In appearance, the beer is opaque and light tan in colour. It has a thick, creamy and gritty consistency (from the maize).

Advocaat

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Advocaat recipe

Medical reasons to drink!

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Medical reasons to drink!

Liquor statistics - and some trivia

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Liquor statistics - and some trivia

Table of smells revision 1

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The following table will be updated often (and indicated by a revision number) to include more smells (see deifinition of smells, aromas, odours etc)

Definitions of smells, aromas, bouquets, flavours and other olfa

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Most of us have not been taught aroma descriptors, or aroma names, while we were kids, but all of us have been taught colours, and we easily agree on what is green, red or blue. The same is not (yet) true for aromas.

Ethanol batteries

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Now you can literally power your desktop fan with vodka - for those hot summer days ..or charge your cellphone on vodka!

Brandy and Whisky colour chart

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Brandy and Whisky colour chart

Absinthe - the Green (or pink or red) Fairy

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Absinthe (The green fairy spirits) has shown a remarkabe revival the last 10 years after its banning in Europe for almost a hundred years.

Balling, Brix, Plato and SG conversion

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Generally, °Balling, °Brix, °and Plato scales are used as a measure for the amount of sucrose (measured by weight) dissolved in water (measured by weight or volume in the metric system).

Why Copper?

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Anti-corrosive Copper is extremely resistant to corrosion especially the kind caused by contact with other metals and adverse weather conditions.

Video: See the PureStill in action

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Video: See the PureStill in action

The world's best selling spirits

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The world's best selling spirits

Still markings in South Africa

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"Not because we want to, but because we have to."

How to use a hydrometer/alcoholmeter

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When you receive your hydrometer/alcohol meter - be CAREFUL how you open it!

How to seal a leaking riveted copper pot

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A riveted copper pot is beautiful to look at and will give you many years of enjoyable distilling hours. However, as copper contracts and expands quite a lot with temperature changes it sometimes (but seldom) may cause leaking around seams and copper riveted joins that have not been soldered.

How to estimate a still's production capacity

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The production capacity of a pot still is normally specified in Liter AA (absolute alcohol) per batch.

Distillers, Craft distillers and Artisan distillers

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works only with his hands while distilling, is a labourer.

Responsible drinking

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Responsible drinking

Different distillation methods

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The principle of distillation is simple. The important aspect remains the means of separating alcohol from an alcohol containing liquid. Alcohol boils at 78.3º C at sea level while water boils at 100ºC .

How Alcohol is used

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How Alcohol is used

Coolant water flow through a condensor

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Coolant water should always flow in the opposite direction of the flow of the vapours and condensate within a condensor for maximum efficiency.

Buying pure alcohol in South Africa

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To legally buy pure potable alcohol in South Africa is problematic.

Does alcahol make you fat?

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Does alcahol make you fat?

Alcohol cuts heart disease risk

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Alcohol cuts heart disease risk

Boiling rate effect on the composition of distillate fractions

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Boiling rate effect on the composition of distillate fractions

Various acts relating to Spirits in South

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Various acts relating to Spirits in South

Blue distillate - and how to correct it

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Blue Distillate - and how to correct it.

Substances legally allowed in commercial spirits

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Substances legally allowed in commercial spirits

Beautifull stills of Chalvignac-Prulho Distillation

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Beautifull stills of Chalvignac-Prulho Distillation

Basic rules of distillation

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Basic rules of distillation

Possible provision in the liquor act to sell your own distilled

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Possible provision in the liquor act to sell your own distilled

No sugar fermentations allowed in Gauteng

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No sugar fermentations allowed in Gauteng

Using Distillique's Flavouring essences

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Using Distillique's Flavouring essences

Legal poisons in spirits

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Legal poisons in spirits

Tour through the Glenfiddich Distillery

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Tour through the Glenfiddich Distillery