Re: [Distillers] complete plans
Deside what you wanna do (make pure alcohol (for vodka etc.) or whisky and schnapps or both)
Make your choice (potstill - reflux - fractionating - combination)
Choose a desing.
Ask a lot of questions.
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Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 10:11 AM
Subject: [Distillers] complete plans
What is the best resource for complete plans and all the info
required to at least build my own still, and preferably operate and
fine tune it too??
I have found a lot of bits and pieces online but would like to have a
comprehensive idea of the total project before getting started.
Any help would be appreciated, and please call me stupid if the info
is already in this group (i cant find it!!)
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- --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Mark Wabster <ozwab2001@y...>
> Folks,If you want uniform bottles, visit you local homebrew/winemaking
> I am sure most hobbyist have a similar problem, but I
> am curious what the group members do as far as getting
> a decent set of bottles and reasonable labels together
> to make up an attractive bar collection that doesn't
> look like a dogs breakfast, or a hodge podge of
> varying bottles and makeshift labels.
store and buy a couple of cases of 750 ml clear wine bottles. You
can also get something called "sampling corks" which are corks capped
on one end with a hard plastic ridged lid which makes them easy to
seal and remove by hand with finger pressure only. The corks have
the added advantage of somehow mellowing the flavor somehow. I don't
know how it works, but I have had numerous experiences of the same
hooch stored in corked versus screw on capped bottles and inevitably,
the corked stuff seems to be smoother, more mellow and has a less
As far as labels go, just use your imagination to come up with
something original on your computer. You can make a standard label
template and then just change the text according to whatever variety
of hooch you are bottling. Glue sticks available at any drug store,
grocery or office supply place are easy to use in applying the labels.
I usually use one corked bottle for my "active drinking" bottle and
store the rest of the batch in regular quart mason jars labeled with
a Sharpie marker. I top up the drinking bottle from the mason jars
as it becomes depleted.
Mason jars make good gift bottles for family and friends as well.
People like the "ambiance" of homemade stuff in a jar! Plus, you can
use half-pint, pint, or quart jars depending on how good a friend or
close a family member they are!
- Hi Mark,
One option I've been playing with is using a scanner and bubble jet
printer to scan steamed off (and redried) real labels and sticky paper
for printers to print the label out which then sticks to the clean
bottle of whatever type and size.
Also if you want what look to be reasonable bottles try
http://www.countrybrewer.com.au/category87_1.htm as there are bottles at
the bottom of that page for about 2 'bux' each that look quite
I keep large bottles of spirits out of sight and only use them for
topping up the small bottles on display.
From: Mark Wabster [mailto:ozwab2001@...]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 February 2004 7:55 PM
Subject: [Distillers] Labelling and bottle systems
I am sure most hobbyist have a similar problem, but I
am curious what the group members do as far as getting
a decent set of bottles and reasonable labels together
to make up an attractive bar collection that doesn't
look like a dogs breakfast, or a hodge podge of
varying bottles and makeshift labels.
I for instance went to Kmart and got a bunch of 1
litre bottles with "swing wing" snap seal tops at
about 4-5 bux each. However I haven't found a decent
labelling system that is attractive, functional and
changeable when the contents are varied.
Has anyone gone to bottle distributors and bought say
bulk spirit bottles with screw caps, if so any
Also, what type of labels do you use, that suit "her
inside" but are flexible enough to suit the ever
changing needs of contents and preferences?
I look forward to people's advice, and for those that
need to know I am in non-metro Qld,
- --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Murphy-Marsh, Leigh"
> Hi Mark,paper
> One option I've been playing with is using a scanner and bubble jet
> printer to scan steamed off (and redried) real labels and sticky
> for printers to print the label out which then sticks to the cleanIf you don't want to put a new label on the bottle every time, you
> bottle of whatever type and size.
could do as Mark says above and use a graphics program (MS Publisher,
say)to make a blank space in the middle or wherever, or design your
own label. Then get some clear contact plastic sheet, like I
remember covering schoolbooks with, and cover the label that is stuck
to the bottle. Stating the obvious, the label is visible through the
plastic. You can then write on the plastic with a felt pen. If you
use an oil-based pen, you can rub it off later with metho (or, heaven
forbid, the output of your still). I've used this method for years
on wine fermenters.