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Re: [Distillers] Cloudy Gin

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  • Bryan Bornais
    Try warming it up and adding a small amount of azeotropic ethanol. The volume will stay virtually the same. Check your ABV at corrected temp. Cool to Room temp
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 22 6:52 AM
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      Try warming it up and adding a small amount of azeotropic ethanol. The volume will stay virtually the same.

      Check your ABV at corrected temp.

      Cool to Room temp slowly, and don't chill it anymore.



      From: Greg <gjbloom@...>
      To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sun, February 21, 2010 9:43:29 PM
      Subject: [Distillers] Cloudy Gin

       

      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).



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