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Articles Relating to Miscellaneous Distilling Topics by Distillique
The Section for articles that cannot be easily categorized - here we talk about building your own Stills, Automation, Research and Reference Materials, Books, etc. Distillique prides itself in being a source of verified and accurate information for Home and Craft Distillers. There is a lot of information out there that is either completely incorrect, or misunderstood, or just plain made-up. Here we try to sort through some of this information that does not fit into our other article categories.
Can I build my own Still?
Still construction is a skill that we are rapidly losing in South Africa, and in the interest of both our Cultural Heritage and Skill Retention, Distillique encourages the Safe and Legal construction of stills, even providing training in the construction of Adjustable Reflux Column Stills.
In the same breath however, it must be understood that there are VERY clear and specific rules and legislation regarding the Manufacture, Import, Sale and Maintenance of Stills in South Africa. It is illegal to pursue any of the activities if you are not registered with SARS as a Still Manufacturer.
Distillique is in the position to assist clients that want to build there own stills legally, through our still serialization service, where we ensure the safety of stills, and allow you to legally register the still with SARS in order to use it.
Where can I find information on Distilling?
With the advent of YouTube, Facebook and the broader Internet Community, information exchange has become relatively easy. The challenge now is sifting through all this information, verifying it, and seeing what we can actually believe and use, and what not. Most information regarding distillation on the Internet, and in many books, is either incomplete, out-dated, misunderstood, or blatantly false - not because the author or publisher wants to intentionally mislead, but more so because the basis of their assumptions or interpretations is false, their source material is incorrect, or they are not considering all the variables in making certain claims.
Any reference material we publish on this blog will either be verified, or we will place a disclaimer on the information shared, in cases where we agree with the assertions, but have not yet fully verified it.
23 articles in the category: Miscellaneous
Spirit Changes in the Bottle
Published : 30-03-2020 13:36:37 | Categories : Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
So you made a fermentation, distilled it, enhanced it and bottled it. Now it's done, right? What is in that bottle will stay the same forever and ever? Right? Unfortunately that is not the case.
A Little Known Fact - Corked Spirits
Published : 30-03-2020 13:21:28 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
We all know, or at least have heard of Corked Wine - more correctly called Cork Taint. But how many of you have ever heard of a spirit being corked?
Bottles and Bottling - What do I need to keep in mind?
Published : 30-03-2020 12:31:40 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Legislation , Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
Thinking of starting a Craft Distillery? You've obviously already envisioned your bottle and packaging, right? But are your dreams and thoughts realistic or not? What do you need to keep in mind?
How to fix a Mechanical Seal on a Boiler Agitator
Published : 30-03-2020 11:45:06 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Miscellaneous , Products
Knowing how to maintain your distillery equipment is important. So if you are struggling with your agitator motor seal, here is how you can fix it yourself in six easy steps.
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?
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.
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.