How Does A Gin Basket Work (Distiller’s Guide)

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Infused and cold compound gin can get monotonous over time. Yes, they introduce fantastic flavor to your spirit. But there comes a time when you yearn for smooth and light alcohol. Luckily, you can achieve that with a gin basket. A gin basket extracts botanical flavors through a vapor infusion method. It’s placed in the{…}

Soxhlet Extractor For Distilling (+ How To Use One)

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There are a plethora of devices and techniques you can use to create a superbly flavored drink. These include a gin basket, maceration, and infusion.  But one technique that isn’t always talked about is the use of a soxhlet extractor.  The device has been used by chemists since its discovery in 1879. It’s renowned because{…}

Does Distilled Water Freeze? (The Key Differences)

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There are various ways to purify water. From distilling, deionizing, and reverse osmosis. Most of these methods treat the water you use at home. Distilling water is a common technique used commercially and it can be replicated at home. Distilled water is water that’s steamed, condensed, and collected in sterile jars. This ensures an excellent level{…}

Distillation Column Flooding (How To Prevent It)

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Flooding is frustration – throwing your still out of equilibrium and often ruining your product.. But, the good news is that you can fix it mid-distillation or prevent it from happening in the future. Flooding still is often a result of a higher than normal reflux rate. It could also mean there’s a high feed{…}

Pot Still Puking (Why Is My Still Boiling Over?)

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As a new distiller, one of the most dampening feelings is winding up with a puking still. Even more so, when you’ve excitedly set up your still and have it running and had it run for the whole run. So, what exactly caused it to boil over? A few common causes of a still boilover are increased heat,{…}

The Best Puking And Anti-foaming Agents For Distilling (Our Recommendation)

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If you’ve experienced a puking still and are looking for a surefire way to prevent it, you’ve come to the right place.  There are a lot of anti-foaming agents on the market, but we’ve included the ones we’ve found to effectively work best for extra starchy washes like all grain, potato, and molasses-based. They include both commercial{…}

The 3 Best Sugar Wash Recipes (For Home Distilling) 

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Sugar washes are one of the first recipes that the beginner distiller will learn. They’re cheap, easy, and produce a high-ABV wash ready for distilling. If you’re making vodka or gin, most people will start with a sugar wash. A sugar wash comprises sugar, water, yeast, and nutrients. It makes a decent neutral spirit that{…}

Fat Washed Gin (Try This Recipe!)

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There are several creative ways to flavor your gin. From maceration and infusions to compound gin. But, if you harbor a desire for flavor beyond sweet and floral, then fat-washed gin might interest you.  Fat washing is the process of infusing a fatty substance like sesame or melted coconut oil into a spirit of your{…}

Fat Washed Rum (Try This Recipe!)

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Rum is an incredible drink on its own. But, if you’re looking to add some flare to it, look no further than fat-washed rum. Fat-washed rum is a liquor that’s infused with butter, coconut, or ghee. The mixture is left to sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours and then chilled in the freezer.{…}

What Is Backset Distilling (Explained)

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Backset, as with other terms experienced home distillers throw around, can be a confusing concept for new distillers. But, it’s quite straightforward. Backset distilling is the process of adding liquid leftover (backset) from the previous distillation to a fresh wash. The liquid is acidic, so it lowers the pH of your wash. Bacteria thrive in{…}

A Distillers’ Guide To Excise Duty (Excise Tax Considerations)

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Old Tom Gin Recipe (Sweetened Gin!)

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The Best Whiskey Stones In 2023 (3 Types To Choose From)

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Grandma’s Floral Gin Recipe

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Macerated Gin Recipe (Try This!)

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Easy Bathtub Gin Recipe (No Distillation Required!)

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