Distilling Wine

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Distilling Wine

Post by jacquie » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:21 pm

Advice please - I have some demijohns of mystery wine don't know what sort of wine apart from red coloured or amber coloured or how long they've been in the demijohns, so thought I'd distill it, do I still need to make cuts etc or just collect till tastes rank or is this just a bad idea and I'm likely to poison myself since I have no idea what the wines are - TIA - jack

PS Think some might be vinegar d'ya reckon this will be ok to use in cooking/pickling etc or again am I likely to have body parts rot and fall off if I use it - cheers jack :D
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:11 pm

This is what what I would do.
Taste each first, and if vinegar, decide if you want that much for this years Green Tomato chutney or whatever.
It will not make you fall apart!
Believe me; I am some random bloke on the interwebs that you have never met face to face.
What do you have to lose?

If not vinegar,even if mouth puckeringly dry, distill it all.
Strip runs until 20 ish%.
Mix it all together and do spirit runs, with usual cuts.
You will NOT poison yourself, and may get something worth drinking.
Or Fire lighting fluid.
How can you lose?
HTH.

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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by jacquie » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:24 pm

Thanks ED I think I just needed a bit of reassurance, will go ahead with the distilling, I got 23 demijohns for £2 each when I rang the guy he said did I want the full ones or empty so I took all the full ones figured it was worth a punt - cheers again - Jack
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:34 pm

Wow, you could have gotten a real bargain there!

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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by gaza the instructor » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:03 pm

Good kill Jacquie that is a great find.
Some new corks and a good clean, perfect!!
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by jacquie » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:19 pm

I am pretty sure he still has a load of demijohns for sale and is in Barnet if anyone wants his deets he's on FB marketplace https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/it ... ger_banner, although I think I snaffled most of the full ones - cheers - jack
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by Mash » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:49 pm

Sort them into wine and vinegars.

Do the wine on its own in the still. Cut as normal.
Wash is just a sugar wine!

The vinegars probably just needs racking. And then diluting. Vinegar doesn't have to be distilled.

Anything that has ever ever been near vinegar needs to washed till your fingers bleed. It is very easily transfered to the next batch
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by jacquie » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:08 am

Mash wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:49 pm

Anything that has ever ever been near vinegar needs to washed till your fingers bleed. It is very easily transfered to the next batch
thank you, I really didn't know about that, will get out the marigolds, luckily I've never managed to make vinegar before - cheers :)
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by Mash » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:18 am

And of course - if you what to make some in the future keep the best stuff as a starter.

A good vinegar is the same strength as the alcohol was - so a 10% alc wine will be a 10% vinegar - which is will spin your face round.
Aim for 5%. Dilute to taste is the easiest way. Using a bought vinegar to compare.

Also good in hard water areas...
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Re: Distilling Wine

Post by jacquie » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:01 am

cheers mash exorcism vinegar it is, but why good in hard water areas?
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