Cork stoppers for bottling wine and spirits

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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.

Clearing wine for improved product quality

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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.

Basics of Yeast nutrients

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There are a very wide variety of wine yeast nutrients available under many different brand names. The choice presented to winemakers is staggering and overwhelming, and can be quite confusing.

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).

Craft distilling for profit

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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.

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

Traditional Portuguese distilling

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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.
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