Airstill Gin Making

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Airstill Gin Making

Post by StillBrewing » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:43 pm

Tried a couple of recipes over the last couple of months and both were terrible. I put the majority of it down to the Juniper from Love Brewing. Bought a kilo of it about eight months ago and kept it in an airtight jar until first use about a month ago.

First recipe I tried was one where the botanicals had to be blitzed and then soaked in neutral overnight, discarding 12 hours later and then run. The second was an essence recipe where the botanicals were left whole and left to infuse for a week. First recipe tasted horrible. The juniper was very 'green' tasting, far too overpowering and its still in the bottle. The second recipe was the opposite, no real juniper flavour at all. I'm wanting to make a gin that is similar to the Still Spirits Classic Gin recipe. One that tastes good and has a good amount of juniper coming through without tasting green.

I haven't yet built my Sputnik but is it possible to vapour infuse if I tie the botanicals up in muslin and hang them from the bottom of the Airstill head. Just bought a small jar of juniper from Tesco and they look and smell far, far better than the previous ones.

If its possible, do I have to crush the botanicals at all. Does anybody have a Gin recipe that would replicate the Still Spirits Classic or one that is a good basic gin.

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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by Mash » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:40 pm

I can't see a bag working. That is why I came up with the sputnik. You need the steam to go through. But try it...not sure what you will hang it on though. :o
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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by StillBrewing » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:08 pm

That's a good enough reply for me Mash, thank you.

Will try and get the bits for a Sputnik tomorrow morning.

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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by Easydrinker » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:29 am

I made a sputnik, used it once.
I have gone back to odins easy gin,
I have just posted the recipe in the recipe section.
I do not worry about aged juniper, mine are well old and stored in an open bag.

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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by StillBrewing » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:05 am

Have you ever used the Juniper from Love Brewing Robert ??.

They produce a very green taste and when crushed they are quite green inside. Nothing like the more fragrant ones in those little jars from supermarkets.

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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by Mash » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:36 am

Green is often not a good thing in drinks and comes over as a cabbagey / leafy flavour.

They sound suspect. Use them in cooking.

SpicesOnTheWeb are very good supplier.
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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by Jennysgin » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:19 am

Mine came from love brewing. I got a stack of botanicals at the same time as my wee still.
They seem ok though. Not noticeably green.

Is it the whole bag? Are there maybe some nicer ones further down?

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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by StillBrewing » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:51 am

Mash - Cabbagey and leafy are the perfect words to describe them. I've got about three quarters of a kilo and am trying to avoid binning them at the moment.

Jennysgin - Yeah, it was the whole bag. Had them a while but they certainly smelt different when I began to use them. No point contacting LB as its a bit too late. The ones from Tesco smell fantastic. Will try a few other suppliers, including the one Mash mentioned.

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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by Mash » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:11 am

Cabbagey and leafy are the perfect words to describe them

you are not paying me to guess are you?? :lol: :lol: :lol:


Thb I would send them back. But you are probably past that point. Sounds like a bad batch.
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Re: Airstill Gin Making

Post by StillBrewing » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:24 am

Mash wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:11 am
Cabbagey and leafy are the perfect words to describe them

you are not paying me to guess are you?? :lol: :lol: :lol:


Thb I would send them back. But you are probably past that point. Sounds like a bad batch.
Sat here in the early hours of this morning and split a berry that I bought in a jar from Tesco. Fantastic quality. Sticky inside, sweet and very fragrant. Much better compared to that last batch. Going to order a small batch from the company you suggested and see how I get on with them.

Found a sieve in the drawer that is the perfect size for the Sputnik. Its just one of those normal stainless mesh ones, not the one with the bigger holes. Will that be ok to use for now Mash.

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