One of summer’s advantages is that there is always plenty of fresh fruit to be had, especially if you have a few fruit trees in your own backyard. Often you don’t know what to do with so much fruit. Well here is a suggestion which we thought you would appreciate – apricot brandy – we’re using apricots but you can distil just about any fruit that you have on hand.
Generally speaking: Fruit is fermented to become a fruit wine. The fruit wine is then distilled to become an “un-aged fruit brandy” (which is colourless). If the “un-aged fruit brandy” is aged within oak barrels it becomes fruit brandy(with the golden brown colour).
When the mash has fermented completely (use a Hydrometer to check), wait until it is crystal clear. Then draw out the mash with a siphon, leaving all yeast and impurities in the fermentation vessel. This is called racking and might be performed more than once to get rid of all solids floating in the mash.
Craft distilleries in Europe are highly popular, profitable and the market for craft spirits is expanding tremendously. This trend is also visible in the USA with craft distilleries popping up all over. In South Africa, this already started but is not nearly as wide spread as in Europe or the US yet, despite our legislation making ample provision to allow highly profitable craft distilleries.
An excellent narrative of the traditional Portuguese method of distilling aguardente from brolho (pressed grape skins). Although some of the explanations given, are not technically 100% correct, we include it as is, with the purpose of preserving and enjoying this tradition.
A distilling parrot is used to read the %alcohol of you distillate continuously while distilling. The distillate flows into the parrot from the bottom, fills the 20mm pipe and overflows at the top of the 20mm pipe into the 54 to 20mm reducer and from their out again through the other 8mm pipe.