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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.
11 articles in the categorie Miscellaneous
Micro Liquor Manufacturing Licenses - What to watch out for
Published : 17-01-2020 09:02:56 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Legislation , Miscellaneous
Applying for a Micro Liquor Manufacturing License is probably one of the most stressful and frustrating processes you will ever go through. It is made even more so by these pitfalls.
Factors to Consider to Increase the Perceived Value of your Product
Published : 17-01-2020 08:53:26 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Craft Spirits , Miscellaneous
Craft Products play in the upmarket (and therefore expensive) space, and in order to get consumers to buy your product, you need to convince them that your product is worth that spend. How?
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?
Responsible Drinking - The Two Types of Alcohol Poisoning
Published : 15-01-2020 07:51:39 | Categories : Miscellaneous
We have all heard about alcohol poisoning - and been warned about it - but what is the truth about Alcohol Poisoning. What should we know? What is truth and what is fiction?
What makes one Distillery stand out from Another?
Published : 15-01-2020 07:25:57 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Craft Spirits , Miscellaneous
Tours and Tastings are an integral part of any proper Craft Distillery - not just for marketing and sales, but it serves as a peripheral income stream all on its own. How do we do this right?
Recipe for Whisky Rusks
Published : 15-01-2020 06:59:01 | Categories : Miscellaneous , Recipes
During our W2 - Whisky and Moonshine Course, when discussing uses for spent Grain, we always mention the baking of Whisky Rusks. Here is the recipe. PS. The picture is of the actual end result.
Books on Distillation and Fermentation
Published : 14-01-2020 15:23:10 | Categories : Miscellaneous
Looking for some literature on the art and science of Distilling? Look no further - herewith a list (which we will continue to expand on) of books recommended by our clients, followers and friends.