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Articles Relating to Craft Spirit Fermentations by Distillique
All articles related to Fermentation - from the standard basics to Raw Material specific issues and Troubleshooting of Failed Fermentations. Learn about the steps to create a Successful Fermentation, Yeast, Yeast Nutrients, pH, Aeration, Fermentation Vessels, Fermentation Monitoring and much more.
Why is Fermentation Information important for Distillers?
Fermentation is the starting point for any Home or Craft Distiller. It is where your ethanol gets created, where your flavors get created, where your aroma's get created. The argument can be made, that if you are not Fermenting or at least working from a Fermentation, you have no right to call yourself a Distiller.
Why is Fermentation the Basis of Distillation?
In its simplest form, Distillation is the separation of ethanol and other compounds from a fermentation, therefore, if you are not working from fermentation, then you are not distilling. With the rise in Gin Production (producing Gin from purchased Neutral Spirits) a lot has been said about this definition, and an argument has been made that during Infused Distillation (steeping and macerating botanicals and then separating them through distillation) does qualify as Distillation. Granted - it passes the litmus test - but the traditional definition is still what is expected from consumers and respected by Distillers.
16 articles in the category: Fermentation
Choosing Suitable Fermentation Vessels
Published : 07-04-2020 06:40:30 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Fermentation , Home Distilling
Whether you are a Commercial Distiller or a Home Distiller, you need to make a fermentation, and although it might seem obvious, you need a suitable container to ferment in. What is important or not?
Incorrect Readings - Comparing Refractometer and SG Hydrometer Readings
Published : 30-03-2020 09:11:43 | Categories : Fermentation , Miscellaneous , Products
Both Refractometers and Hydrometers are used to measure Sugar and Alcohol concentrations in liquids. But sometimes, if you use both, the readings are different. Why?
Active dried yeast: re-hydration or direct addition?
Published : 26-02-2020 09:51:23 | Categories : Fermentation
This article explains the importance of yeast re-hydration before inoculation compared to adding active dry yeast directly into your must
How do I get rid of Fusel Oils in my Spirits?
Published : 07-02-2020 09:24:36 | Categories : Distillation , Fermentation , Spirit Enhancement
Fusel Oils are a term banded about quite often in the Spirit World, but what are they exactly? Do I want them in my Spirit or not, and if not, how do I get rid of them?
How Barrels Work and How to Care for them
Published : 27-01-2020 13:41:11 | Categories : Fermentation
You want to explore the world of Barrel Aged Spirits? Create! But first you need to know how Barrels actually work, and how to take care of them, so you do not lose or spoil your Spirits.
Closed Cooling Systems and their Challenges
Published : 16-01-2020 14:50:46 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Fermentation , Home Distilling , Miscellaneous
South Africa is an arid country, and more and more we face extensive drought conditions. Distilleries need water to operate. So how do we limit the water we require, especially for cooling?