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Articles Relating to Craft Spirit Enhancement by Distillique
All articles related to Spirit Enhancement - learn about everything else you can do to the Spirits after you have Distilled it. Here we cover Infusion Techniques, Barrel Aging, Bottling, Filtration, Coloring, Molecular Mixology Techniques, and much much more.
What is Spirit Enhancement?
Spirit Enhancement covers a wide range of techniques, additives, processes and applications that can be used on Distilled Spirits to Enhance and/or change its characteristics. These can either be done to improve the product within a specific Spirit Category, or alternatively, place the product in a different Spirit Category.
Is Spirit Enhancement Legal?
For a Commercial Distiller or Craft Distiller, the type of enhancement techniques they are allowed to utilize on their product is limited - mostly in terms of additives allowed. These limitation apply not only to the individual Spirit Category, but also differs from Country to Country. A technique like Barrel Aging for instance is legal in South Africa for Spirit Liqueurs, Premium Husk Spirit (Aged Grappa), Rum and Gin, and legally required (for at least 3 years) for Whisky and Brandy, but is not allowed for Vodka, Cane, Mampoer, Unspecified Spirits, Husk Spirit, Grape Spirit, etc.
Distillers therefore need to familiarize themselves with the applicable Legislation before they pursue a certain path of product development, or launch a certain type of product.
For Home Distillers or Hobby Distillers however, there is only one rule - don't poison anyone.
18 articles in the category: Spirit Enhancement
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.
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?
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.
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 do I Dilute my Spirits?
Published : 31-01-2020 16:28:58 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Craft Spirits , Home Distilling , Spirit Enhancement
A question asked by both Home Distillers and Craft Distillers - How do I Dilute my Distillate down to Drinking Level? But interestingly enough, depending on who asks, the answer is different.
Homemade Absinthe Recipe
Published : 28-01-2020 11:43:23 | Categories : Home Distilling , Recipes , Spirit Enhancement
Interested in making Absinthe for the first time, but you don't know where to start? This simple Direct Infusion Recipe will allow you to start playing around with Absinthe.