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Articles Relating to Home Distilling by Distillique
Everything you have ever wanted to know about Legal Home Distillation - Legislation, Registration Process, Still Types, Record Keeping, Product Development, Techniques not allowed Commercially but which can be applied at Home, Recipes and much more.
Is Home Distilling Legal in South Africa?
Hobby or Home Distilling has been part of the South African culture - across all racial and cultural groups - since the 1600's when the first Distillation was done in Cape Town. Mampoer, Witblits and its cultural equivalents reached near mythical status during the 1900's, mostly due to Government interference and regulations. Much like the Moonshine Culture in the USA, the Mampoer Distillers themselves were also larger than life characters - rule breakers, challenging the status quo and defying the law.
Until Distillique came along, and actually started educating South Africans about LEGAL Home Distilling. Informing people that YES, you can Legally Distill at Home, and this is how you do it. The founding principle of Distillique was Hobby and Home Distilling, and from there we ventured into the arena of Commercial or Craft Distilling.
Articles in this section will explain how you Legally Distill at Home.
Can I sell Home Distilled Products?
This is the one question we often get, and we need to address it immediately - there is NO Legal way to sell a Spirit Product you produced without a Micro Liquor Manufacturing License, and some form of sales License, i.e. a National Distribution License, Provincial Distribution License, On Premises Consumption License, Off Premises Consumption License or a Tasting Room License (depending on Province). None of these licenses can be granted to a Residential Property (and even if you live on a farm, they will not grant a license to a distillery located in the actual Residential Building), therefore there is NO Legal way to sell Home Distilled Products.
This also applies to products produced by purchasing alcohol. Whether you purchase alcohol from a production facility, or over-the-counter vodka, and you turn that into some other alcoholic product (i.e. a Liqueur, Gin Lollies, Vodka Jelly, etc.), you are not legally allowed to sell that product again if you do not have a license - both to Manufacture and to Distribute or Retail.
21 articles in the category: Home Distilling
Dilution before Re-Distillation
Published : 08-04-2020 07:11:44 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Home Distilling
Inspired by a common question for new distillers, this article looks at the reason why we dilute Distillate prior to redistilling. Time to put on the science hat and explore Water - Ethanol Affinities
Different ways in which Still Shape Impacts Spirit Quality
Published : 07-04-2020 07:54:51 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Home Distilling
Are all stills created equal? Previous articles have already explored the different still types, but even within the one category of stills - Alembic Stills - not all stills are considered the same.
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?
Varnished Barrels - Can we use them for Spirits?
Published : 01-04-2020 10:37:54 | Categories : Home Distilling , Spirit Enhancement
Varnished Barrels are normally a decorative item. But what if you wanted to use it for spirits? Can or should you even consider this? The answer might seem obvious, but it's actually not that simple.
Can the use of Copper Stills cause Cancer?
Published : 28-03-2020 09:04:56 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Home Distilling , Miscellaneous
Recently an Article has been doing the rounds, calling into question the use of Copper in Stills. It has a lot of people asking questions, so here is our answer to them.
The Effect of Boiling Rate on Fractions during Distillation
Published : 27-03-2020 12:45:56 | Categories : Distillation , Home Distilling
Common questions among new Distillers is "How fast should I run my Still?" or "How soon will this be done?", not realising that the Rate of Boil and Flow Rate impacts the quality of the product.
I Bought a Small Barrel - Now What?
Published : 07-02-2020 10:37:50 | Categories : Home Distilling , Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
Small (1.6lt and 9lt) barrels are quite popular among Home Distillers and Craft Distillers doing product development, but if not treated right, you could lose the product, and the barrel.