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  • Ray Toms
    Jeff I havn t experimented with fruit brandies mainly because I do know of some of the pitfalls. The first problem you have when you introduce fruit to a wash
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      Jeff
      I havn't experimented with fruit brandies mainly because I do know of some
      of the pitfalls. The first problem you have when you introduce fruit to a
      wash is that you increase the impurity levels, the easiest way to solve this
      is with the use of carbon and a reflux still but both of those will remove
      flavour. The comercial way to do it would be to put it in a toasted barrel
      and a combination of the oak and evaporation will remove the worst of the
      fusel oils which is the main problem however this process does take some
      time (years). To do it you will need to make up a normal wine recipe except
      that I would double the amount of fruit per gallon of wine to intensify the
      fruit flavours as even with a pot still you will loose quite a lot during
      the distillation process. If you can find a small toasted oak barrel this
      would work the best as with a small oak barrell you get a better surface
      area exposed to the alcohol. With gin this can be done but you do need two
      stills or a still which can be converted from a reflux to a pot still. You
      soak Juniper Berries, Corriander Seeds and Lemon Peel plus whatever other
      suitable botanicals you can obtain in 70 - 80% alcohol which is very clean
      this is then put back through a pot still which removes the browning which
      occurs but doesn't introduce any new impurities.
      Ray


      jeff_o62@... wrote:

      > From: jeff_o62@...
      >
      > Have you ever made brandy using a fruit wine.
      > How about using apples or plums? Does it have
      > to be aged? Do you need a pot still or reflux?
      >
      > How is gin made and can it be done without bottled
      > flavourings?
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > Jeff
      >
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