Natural corks are used for bottling still wines. The length of the cork is determined by the client preference but care must be taken with respect to fill height and head space between the closure and the wine.
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.