I just made my first batch of gin using a recipe based on the basic gin recipe from 'The Book of Gin & Vodkas', listed about halfway down the gin page on http://www.homedist iller.org/ gin.htm:
1/2 Gal pure spirits
1/2 Gal pure water
Macerate and infuse:
85 gm Juniper Berries
42 gm Coriander Seeds
9 gm Cinnamon
1 gm Orange Peel (no pith)
1 gm Cardamom Seed
Run through pot still and dilute to 40%.
I soaked the botanicals overnight in a gallon of 50% neutral spirit, strained then redistilled using my small pot still. The flavor came out very intense. When I chill the gin, it becomes cloudy. I assume the clouding is from precipitation of essential oils out of solution. I tried chilling the gin to about 8 F, then running it through a coffee filter, but this didn't clear it noticeably. What's more, the gin remains cloudy, even after returning to room temperature.
Can anyone suggest a way I might clear the cloudiness aside from adding more alcohol? (I'd kinda like to keep the intense flavor).