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47707Re: [Distillers] Making Gin

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  • Bryan Bornais
    Feb 6, 2011
      My recipe goes something like this:

      x = Juniper berries
      x/2 = ground corriander
      x/10 = cinnamon
      x/10 = Licorice root
      x/10 = Almonds
      x/10 = Angelica root
      x/100 = Fresh Lemon peel
      x/100 = Calamus root
      x/100 = Orris root

      If x = 100g Juniper, procidure is such:

      Grind spices in blender.

      Steam distillation on stovetop in a tea pot or converted pressure cooker for a boiler.

      Add 1L of 80 proof neutral alcohol, and collect a 750mL bottle of it.

      Blend to taste with 80 proof neutral alcohol. Shake up martini.

      For longer storage of the essence, add some azeotropic ethanol distillate to boost the ABV to over 70%. This will keep the essential oils in solution.

      Store concentrate out of light.

      Martini Preference: Shaken, not stirred.

      From: eyendall <eric_yendall@...>
      To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sun, February 6, 2011 4:43:08 PM
      Subject: [Distillers] Making Gin


      I would like to try my hand at making (distilling) gin but am a bit confused from my search of the posts as to the actual technique. I don't want to simply add a commercial essence to my distilled neutral spirit.
      Am I right in assuming that I first distill to a neutral alcohol; steep various botanicals in this for some specified period; then finally redistill the resultant liquid?
      Could someone walk me through the process i.e. best formula (grains, sugar or what) for the original wash; tried and true botanicals recipe; duration of maceration in what % alcohol; when to make the correct cuts of the secondary distillation etc. Have I got the steps more or less correct? I have tried to find this information through the search function but must not be using the correct search terms.
      An apparent alternative is to distill one's own concentrated essence for adding to neutral alcohol. Which is the preferred and most efficient technique?
      Thanks to all for your help.

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