Build your own Sputnik

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Go one the Bay. They have it all.
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buffalobob wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:38 pm
Ok Gaza, I'll give it a whirl. I've got a week to sort one out before my nettle wash is ready.
You really will not regret it - and it's not just for gin. All manner of fruit flavours can be created this way.

In fact, a little bit of mint might be nice !!
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It took me a dogs age to build one of these.
Happy that I did.
I don't use it often. but it works, and if Gin is your thing.....

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"dogs age" To build it.. Or to get round to it?
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It definitely took longer for my parts to be delivered that it took me to make
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You kindly leave my parts out of it, regardless of size they are mine
and I will wash 'em as fast as I like. :lol:
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Mash wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:46 am
"dogs age" To build it.. Or to get round to it?
You have me there!
Get aound to it.
I had the parts lying around.
It may have taken a whole 30 minutes to construct! :lol:

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It takes one to know one. I have ideas. Order the stuff and buy the time it comes the impetus has gone.
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Mash thats like being on the Drag Strip and
forgetting to brake at the end.
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Not a sport (?) that I have ever looked at gaza.
Do they have 'Numpty boards', hay bales or such, to stop the people that forget to stop? :lol:

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gaza the instructor wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:37 am
Mash thats like being on the Drag Strip and
forgetting to brake at the end.
I prefer to pull back on the handle and skip over the bales and then the houses and then....
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Easydrinker wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:50 am
Not a sport (?) that I have ever looked at gaza.
Do they have 'Numpty boards', hay bales or such, to stop the people that forget to stop? :lol:

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I still prefer my idea
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gaza the instructor wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:48 am

No!!!

There is a catch fence in a field at the end.
That'll be a 'Numpty Fence' then.

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There are various names for it that I can print on here!!!
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I've tried to think of a reason why a sputtie would be better than the bouquet garni method for botanicals and can't come up with one. So come on you sputtie enthusiasts what are the benefits of sputtie ownership :D
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Quality Gin all the time every time and no chance of blocking your coumn.
Which sounds very painful to me. :lol: :lol:
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buffalobob wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:42 am
So come on you sputtie enthusiasts what are the benefits of sputtie ownership :D
How long have you got. :D
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I don't put anything up my column that doesn't need to be there Gaza :D .
I've tried out suspending my bots above the liquid level in my boiler and floating around in the charged boiler. Either way the finished product has always been v good. I'm not knocking sputtie use but I'm yet to be persuaded about making one. I only started putting bots in a bouquet garni to make clean ups easier. Before that they just got chucked in the boiler to do their thing. But hey, whatever works is good eh :D
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It's about a simple clean up. It's also about spreading the bots out to get best vapour penetration. Getting (funnelling) the vapour through the sputnik by not giving it an easy route.

It also makes your recipes linear and scalable so when you get one you can reproduce it in any quatity.


Boiling and macerated bots don't work the same way and don't deliver the same product. But all that said if you have found your sweet spot and you are getting what you want. Stick at it.
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Why do folks use a colander to make sputties with? Surely a stainless steel mesh tea strainer would be better for vapour penetration. £3 on fleabay with a chain for danglification :D much easier than putting legs on a colander and zero chance of getting knocked over.
I macerate my bots for 12 hrs overnight in 10l of voddie and strain through a large muslin lined sieve into my boiler. I tie off the muslin to make a bouquet garni with plenty of room inside. I then either dangle the bots in the vapour flow or just chuck in the boiler, I've not noticed any difference in the outcome, always very good :D. I dont have an exposed element on my present boiler so no chance of scorching. My next boiler will so I'll be a dangler then :D. Clean up consists of chucking contents and rinsing muslin under the tap.
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I think most of the sputniks are being used in air stills :geek:

If you're using a bigger boiler does it maybe get more tricky?

Either way, as long as it's working you're onto a winner! :D

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BB, Id assume that the fewer holes in the colander forces more vapour through the parts you want rather than the sieve free for all.

Also, sputtie looks way cooler than a bag :p
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Yup. Just what he said. You need to good fit to marshal the vapour

And there is nothing to dangle from.....

AND maceration does not produce the same product.
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Hey Mash give me a real quick run down on how you make your gin, don't you macerate your bots at all?
I have a ferrule on my boiler lid and column so I have a point of danglification there. Cheers Bob
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