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  • Does SARS want to stop Craft Distilleries?

    Does SARS want to stop Craft Distilleries?

    First published on Distillique's website 2017 GM Bosman It is no secret that starting up a Distillery in South Africa is not the easiest entrepreneurial venture a person can undertake. The process to set up a legal Craft Distillery is fraught with challenges, and Craft Distillers need dedication, passion, perseverance and a lot of patience just to get their licenses, registrations and approvals. There...
  • Distillery Waste Management Plan

    Distillery Waste Management Plan

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman Note: This plan was written based on requirements for a Micro-Liquor Manufacturing License in South Africa specifically. Due to the limited knowledge of many officials (outside the Western Cape Province) involved in the granting of micro manufacturing licenses, we tried to keep the wording as simple as possible. Distilling terms such as "stillage" has deliberately been...
  • What is Craft Spirits? - Should there be a legal definition?

    What is Craft Spirits? - Should there be a legal definition?

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman “Craft Spirits” “Craft Distilleries” “Handcrafted” The list goes on.  Over the last couple of years the massive boom in the spirit industry in this sector of the market has led too much and continuous debate over the subject of what exactly constitutes Craft.  In the United States especially, there have been multiple law suits against producers...
  • Growing the Craft Spirit Industry - Would you like to contribute?

    Growing the Craft Spirit Industry - Would you like to contribute?

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman In the Global Beverage Market, the Craft Spirit Industry is probably one of the fastest growing segments in the world, both in terms of the number of producers and the number of products available (and of course in terms of sales). Have you ever considered the possibility that YOU might have something to contribute? If you...
  • Converting Carbohydrates to Simple Sugars with Artificial Enzymes

    Converting Carbohydrates to Simple Sugars with Artificial Enzymes

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman So Malted Barley is the conventional source of Enzymes for the Starch Conversion Process, but many of Distillique's clients choose to use Artificial Enzyme Sources - concentrated Alpha Amylase and Gluco Amylase Liquids - rather than Malted Barley. There are many reasons for this choice, but firstly, South African Malted Barley can be of inconsistent quality,...
  • Liquor Production Licenses - What to watch out for ...

    Liquor Production Licenses - What to watch out for ...

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman For some time now the whole South African Liquor License Industry has been chaotic. If it’s not a question of waiting for inspectors (up to 7 months), then you have to deal with inspectors that don’t know what they are doing, or people blatantly holding you for ransom for bribes, or inspectors that have no transport...
  • Smells, Aromas, Bouquets, Flavors and other Olfactory Stuff

    Smells, Aromas, Bouquets, Flavors and other Olfactory Stuff

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman Most of us have not been taught aroma descriptors, or aroma names, while we were kids, but all of us have been taught colors, and we easily agree on what is green, red or blue. The same is not (yet) true for aromas. A heavy argument may arise with one person calling a specific aroma "leafy",...
  • Bacterial Infections in Fermentations

    Bacterial Infections in Fermentations

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman Bacterial and mold Infections are unfortunate but not uncommon occurrences in fermentations, specifically grain, potato and other starch related fermentations. You can quite quickly spot a Bacterial Infection in your fermentation by the color change – the fermentation first going grey, then darker grey and finally black or a beautiful silky white “web” will form on...
  • Closed Cooling Systems for Craft & Home Distillers and the challenges

    Closed Cooling Systems for Craft & Home Distillers and the challenges

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman More and more we receive inquiries regarding Closed Cooling Systems. This refers to a closed loop for the water used during cooling to minimize water use. The reasons for these requests and wish to minimize water use are varied, but can be for economic reasons (to save money), for ecological reasons (environmental awareness) or practical reasons...
  • 10 Steps to a Successful Fermentation

    10 Steps to a Successful Fermentation

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman The most common type of inquiry we receive at Distillique refers to Fermentations. Either failed fermentations, insufficient yield, questions regarding nutrients, temperatures, etc. What is and is not important when approaching your fermentation? First off – we must remember that yeast is yeast and fermentation is fermentation, regardless of what raw material we are working with....
  • Monitoring Fermentations

    Monitoring Fermentations

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman The continuous monitoring of fermentations is a common technique used in Beer Brewing and Wine Making to achieve specific results in terms of flavor, aroma, alcohol content, etc. In fermentations for distilling purposes however, we monitor the fermentations merely to ascertain the progress of the fermentation, to calculate the remaining sugar and to calculate possible yield...
  • Failed Fermentations and Fixing Them

    Failed Fermentations and Fixing Them

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman IMPORTANT – This Article refers to methods and information covered in two other Articles: 10 Steps to a Successful Fermentation, and Monitoring Fermentations. It is advised that you read these two articles first to fully understand the information below.  It happens, from time to time, that you have a failed fermentation. Sometimes we pick this up...
  • Factors to Consider for increasing the Perceived Value of your Product

    Factors to Consider for increasing the Perceived Value of your Product

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman In an ideal world, our products will speak for themselves, value would be determined by quality and taste alone, and customers would pay accordingly. In an ideal world … But the world is not ideal, or fair, and we are faced with this little thing called Marketing and Hype that plays a role in determining the...
  • Handy Sugar Calculations

    Handy Sugar Calculations

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman Sugar is the most important chemical component in the production of alcohol and alcoholic products. No sugar, no fermentation, no alcohol. There are however certain situations where excessive sugar can be a detriment to our fermentation and products, as described in our Article about Successful Fermentations. We therefore need to know how much sugar we have,...
  • Responsible Drinking - The Two Types of Alcohol Poisoning

    Responsible Drinking - The Two Types of Alcohol Poisoning

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman One of the dangers involved with the consumption of alcohol is Alcohol Poisoning. Not really new information. But what many people do not know is that there is actually 2 types of alcohol poisoning. The first of these is the “garden variety” alcohol poisoning – excessive consumption of alcohol, although this should more accurately be described...
  • How to drink Vodka, Brandy and Whisk(e)y

    How to drink Vodka, Brandy and Whisk(e)y

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman VODKA Preparation: To begin with, vodka should be frozen. Specifically, it should be stored in the freezer overnight, or at least for a few hours. This will bring the liquor to its proper consistency and flavor. It is how Russians drink vodka, and, well, they started this whole thing. Drinking. Vodka has become so popular because many...
  • How Barrels Work and How to Care for Them

    How Barrels Work and How to Care for Them

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman Oak barrels are more than just expensive liquid-tight containers that give oak flavor to spirits and wines. They soak-up and breathe, flex, filter oxygen out of the air, aid wine and spirit maturation and allows spirits to develop unique character. They flavor and color our spirits and allow the most volatile (and mostly unwanted) components of...
  • What you will need to make your own Mampoer or Fruit Brandy

    What you will need to make your own Mampoer or Fruit Brandy

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman The French call it Eau de Vie, the Germans call it Schnapps, The Irish call it Poteen and in South Africa we call it Mampoer. For this article we will call all of them "Unaged Fruit Brandies". These are all the same thing: fermented fruit, that becomes fruit wine and is distilled to "unaged fruit brandy"...
  • How to use a Jacketed Boiler

    How to use a Jacketed Boiler

    First published on Distillique's website 2015 GM Bosman When Lost Creek Distillery first started up their brand new 250lt and 500lt jacketed stills from Distillique and for a "stress test" they filled the boilers with water to test for water and vapor leaks. However, they just not could get their boilers to boil - not even after a few hours of trying to boil...
  • Using Steam Wands to bring Fermentations to a Boil faster

    Using Steam Wands to bring Fermentations to a Boil faster

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman In an earlier article we discussed the use of jacketed boilers and the inherent problems of transferring heat from the jacket to the mash. This jacketed type (also called Bain Marie) boilers have a jacket around it that is partially filled with water and heating elements in this water jacket to create steam to heat...
  • Clearing wine to Improve Distilled Product Quality

    Clearing wine to Improve Distilled Product Quality

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman A super trick to improve the quality of your distillations. When the mash has fermented completely (use a Hydrometer to check), wait until it is crystal clear. Then draw out the mash with a siphon, leaving all yeast and impurities in the fermentation vessel. This is called racking and might be performed more than...
  • Baijiu - The Traditional Chinese Spirit

    Baijiu - The Traditional Chinese Spirit

    First published in 2015 after a visit to China by GM Bosman Baijiu (pronounced “Buy Jee-oh”) is the traditional distilled spirit in China. Although almost unknown in Western culture, Baijiu is the world’s most sold spirit (by volume) and accounts for about a third of the world’s liquor consumed per year. We have not found any Baijiu for sale in South Africa, so our...
  • Different Distillation Methods

    Different Distillation Methods

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman The principle of distillation is simple. It is a means of separating alcohol from an alcohol containing liquid, on the basis that the different components have different boiling points. Alcohol boils at 78.3º C at sea level while water boils at 100ºC .When an alcohol-water solution is heated to a temperature somewhere between the boiling...
  • Is it worthwhile to Distill Bio-Ethanol as Fuel?

    Is it worthwhile to Distill Bio-Ethanol as Fuel?

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman Since then, the principles stayed the same but the current price of diesel/petrol is in the region of R20/litre. Perhaps we should update the article with recent figures. In 2015 we received a question from one of our customers who wanted to start distilling bio-ethanol on his farm to run his farm vehicles. Is...
  • Why it is futile to try and boil your Mash at a specific Temperature

    Why it is futile to try and boil your Mash at a specific Temperature

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman In the distilling industry, there are many myths which have persisted over many years. This is especially true amongst Home Distillers or Cultural Distillers. One of these myths (that lead to many an argument during some of our training sessions) is the belief that you should boil your mash at a certain temperature to...
  • "Incorrect Readings" between Brix Refractometers and Hydrometers

    "Incorrect Readings" between Brix Refractometers and Hydrometers

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman Many of our clients contact us with questions relating to the different readings obtained when using a refractometer and when using a floating hydrometer in the same liquid. These readings can be quite far apart and we should be aware of that and the reasons behind it. The general “truth” that more dense liquids have...
  • Official Press Release for the Inaugural SACDI Conference

    Official Press Release for the Inaugural SACDI Conference

    Originally posted on 11 October 2016  SACDI is a Representative Organization for Craft Distillers in South Africa, established to promote, grow, protect and monitor the Craft Distilling Industry. Up to now, SACDI has operated in relative obscurity, but the recent growth in the Craft Spirit Market (and number of Craft Spirit Producers) has pushed the organization to the fore. Tremendous growth in craft Vodkas,...
  • Distillery waste management plan

    Distillery waste management plan

    First published on Distillique's website in 2015 by GM Bosman Note: This plan was written based on requirements for a Micro-Liquor Manufacturing License in South Africa specifically. Due to the limited knowledge of many officials (outside the Western Cape Province) involved in the granting of micro manufacturing licenses, we tried to keep the wording as simple as possible. Distilling terms such as "stillage" has...
  • Getting Clarity on Spirits in South Africa

    Getting Clarity on Spirits in South Africa

    Originally posted 13 March 2019 by Hendre Barnard - Training manager Distillique. This Article is a repeat of a reply we made on Facebook regarding a post by a well-known South African "Ginfluencer", discussing the sharp increase in non-gin products posing as gins, a lack of clarity in processes and product definitions, and certain shortfalls in labeling requirements and label clarity. We have reposted it here as we think,...
  • Want to Import Distilling Equipment? Do your Homework!

    Want to Import Distilling Equipment? Do your Homework!

    If you would like to import distillation equipment yourself, please make sure you do your homework well! Is it Cheaper to Import a Still myself? A client recently claimed that: "I can import it myself at much less than what you're selling it!". Off-course this was a big concern for us and we did some investigation. The claim presented seemed to be factually correct ...or...
  • Whisky, Bourbon or Moonshine Recipe (using Malted Barley)

    Whisky, Bourbon or Moonshine Recipe (using Malted Barley)

    DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the purpose...
  • Naartjie Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Naartjie Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Lemon Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Lemon Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Orange Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Orange Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Banana Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Banana Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Guava Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Guava Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

        DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Mango Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Mango Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Apple Brandy (Calvados) or Mampoer Recipe

    Apple Brandy (Calvados) or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Pineapple Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Pineapple Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

      DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Apricot Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Apricot Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

       DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Nectarine Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Nectarine Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

       DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the...
  • Peach Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

    Peach Brandy or Mampoer Recipe

         DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for...
  • Grape Brandy or Witblits Recipe

    Grape Brandy or Witblits Recipe

         DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for...
  • Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 4 of 4: Attributes of Malted Barley

    Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 4 of 4: Attributes of Malted Barley

      During COVID-19 Lockdown, several basic Home Distilling (and Brewing) supplies – equipment and consumables - have been difficult to get hold of. Yeast, Nutrients, Enzymes and even Bubbler, SG Hydrometers and Alcoholmeters.          One of the most problematic however, was Malted Barley. Not just because stocks and supplies had run out, but because the plants producing it was shut down....
  • Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 3 of 4: The Barley Malting Process – Kilning

    Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 3 of 4: The Barley Malting Process – Kilning

        During COVID-19 Lockdown, several basic Home Distilling (and Brewing) supplies – equipment and consumables - have been difficult to get hold of. Yeast, Nutrients, Enzymes and even Bubbler, SG Hydrometers and Alcoholmeters.      One of the most problematic however, was Malted Barley. Not just because stocks and supplies had run out, but because the plants producing it was shut down. Even...
  • Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 1 of 4: Barley for Malting

    Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 1 of 4: Barley for Malting

    During COVID-19 Lockdown, several basic Home Distilling (and Brewing) supplies – equipment and consumables - have been difficult to get hold of. Yeast, Nutrients, Enzymes and even Bubbler, SG Hydrometers and Alcoholmeters.   One of the most problematic however, was Malted Barley. Not just because stocks and supplies had run out, but because the plants producing it was shut down. Even under Level 3...
  • Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 2 of 4: The Barley Malting Process – Steeping

    Barley, Malting and Malt – Part 2 of 4: The Barley Malting Process – Steeping

        During COVID-19 Lockdown, several basic Home Distilling (and Brewing) supplies – equipment and consumables - have been difficult to get hold of. Yeast, Nutrients, Enzymes and even Bubbler, SG Hydrometers and Alcoholmeters.     One of the most problematic however, was Malted Barley. Not just because stocks and supplies had run out, but because the plants producing it was shut down. Even...
  • How do I make Rum?

    How do I make Rum?

    DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy, or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the purpose...
  • Pineapple  Beer Recipe

    Pineapple Beer Recipe

    DISCLAIMER: Distillique does not believe in providing and selling recipes, as this goes against the Craft of producing your own products. The recipes we share have been sourced from clients and other sources, and as such, Distillique takes no responsibility and makes no guarantees regarding the quality, accuracy or safety of these recipes. Recipes are used at own risk, and are for the purpose...
  • Can I use Smoking Wood Chips in Home Made Spirits?

    Can I use Smoking Wood Chips in Home Made Spirits?

    Recently, with the massive increase in Home Distilling here in South Africa, a lot of people have been posting about using smoking chips and other woods on their distillate to wood it.     Many people are very happy with the results, and others are not.     One of those unhappy individuals mailed us this morning with a question, and we thought others...
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