SOXHLET EXTRACTORS - LEAVING NO AROMA BEHIND

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The Soxhlet extractor is designed for exhaustive solvent extraction – the extraction of as much soluble material as possible from a sample.

CAN YOU BUILD THE PERFECT FERMENTATION WATER?

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Water quality matters. Not to the extent that some bottled brands would have you believe in their advertising, but it can have a large impact on yeast health, and hence on fermentation success.

DA104 - eventually remembered by SARS

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Do not feel alone. Most distillers went through the pain of requesting the form from SARS and have been met by ignorant and/or non-interested SARS staff who would bluntly tell you that "such a form does not exist".

SMALL BATCH vs SINGLE BARREL

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You decide to store one barrel in your basement, the second on your main floor, and the third one in your attic. Assuming you have no central heating, air conditioning or insulation, it is expected that you will experience a temperature variance between the 3 levels.

UNDERSTANDING OAK BARREL MATURATION

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If there is one thing that we all go a bit crazy for, it’s oak matured spirits. Even if you are not a big spirits lover, odds are good you’ve indulged frequently on other such oaked products like Balsamic Vinegar, Worcestershire or Tabasco sauces. For those who have discovered the world of a well-aged whisky, tequila, brandy, rum or fortified wine, a lot of appreciation is given to a bottle carrying buzz terms like extra añejo, solera, single bar

Legal Bottle sizes for spirits

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Nowhere in the Liquor Act or the Liquor Products act are any references as to bottle volume specifications for spirits.

Ginning basket to high? - Lower it!

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It is quite often required to lower the ginning head when using multiple plate columns. On 6 inch and 8 inch columns with, for example 8 plates, even some ladders are too short to quickly refill the ginning head.

WHISKY RUSKS

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During every Whisky Course we like to mention to trainees the possible uses of the grain solids after Gelatinazation and Conversion.

How to fix the mechanical seal on boiler agitators

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At first glance, the mechanical seals on bigger boilers with agitators may seem "over complicated". Once you understand them, it however, makes perfect sense.

Steam wand for faster "bring to boil"s

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In an earlier article we discussed the use of jacketed boilers and the inherent problems of transferring heat from the jacket to the mash.

Apricot brandy /mampoer

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Apricot brandy (or mampoer if you wish).

Easy Irish Cream Liqueur

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Easy Irish Cream Liqueur. Turning your kitchen in to a cream liqueur factory!

Corn Flake Whiskey

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A whiskey from corn flakes? Yes, absolutely!

Spirited caviar

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This technique and recipe was first launched in Paris in 2008 where it was presented to the greatest bartenders. It is quite easy, but to create perfect spheres requires a little experience.

Spirited Mallows - the recipe

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The “Spirited Mallows” recipe is a really fun way of serving you spirits as a heavenly puffalicious delight!

Spiced strawberries

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Spiced Strawberry Schnapps

Spiced Berry Brandy

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A wonderfully rich brandy-based liqueur that can be made with a variety of berries. A sip of this in the winter is summer remembered. Makes an especially lovely gift. Ready in 1 month.

Rhubarb liqueur

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This liqueuer is delightfull, unusual and fabulously refreshing for the hot summer days. It should not be missed.

Prickly Pear Schnapps

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Prickly Pear Schnapps

Potato Vodka

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To ferment, distill and make Potato vodka is harder than most people think and you need a bit of experience to get them right.

Plum Brandy (Slivovich)

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Plum Brandy (Slivovich)

Orange liqueur step-by-step

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Making an orange liqueur is not all that difficult and can be great fun especially if you're entertaining friends at home and wish to serve freshly made orange liqueur after a delightful dinner.

Orange Brandy liqueur - the easy way

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This recipe makes one x 750ml bottle of orange brandy liqueur - to be enjoyed as a refreshing drink during summer or as a 'self-warming' winter's evening drink (see the recipe).

Neutral 92 alcohol

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This recipe will allow you to produce 92% pure ethanol (and when diluted with water we call it: Vodka) to be used as stock for many of the vodka based recipes.

Maroela mampoer

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From deep in the dry Namibia, the "Holy Shit Kitchen Distillery” made a bit of history when their Marula mampoer totally overshadowed the other, long existing mampoer distillers at the game festival. People form literally across the world attended the festival and now, the "Holy Shit kitchen distillers” just have to keep up with the supply!

Making caramel

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Caramel is a favourite colouring for many alcohol based beverages. It immediately gives a brandy, whiskey or even dark rum colour to your unaged brandy, rum or whiskey.

Lavender Oil

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Lavender Essential Oil Distillation

Kirsch Schnapps

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Brandy made from cherries is known as kirshwasser or simply Kirsch. The most famous kirsch comes from the Alsatian-Loren, Daubs (Mouthiers), Brittany or other regions of France, Germany or Switzerland.

Khalahula Liqueur

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Khalahula is an incredibly good immitation of Kahlua®, a premium coffee liqueur, available commercially worldwide.

Japanese milk and honey whisky

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Scotland and Ireland are known as world producers of whisky. What is not commonly known is that Jap[an is the second largest whisky producer in the world and has been making whisky for more that a hundred years.