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How to use home grown produce to create some wonderful liquors and spirit mixes.  

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Recipes and Instructions

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland on Wednesday. 19 Replies

This is where we will store recipes for specific drinks and general "how to make alcohol" discussions.Continue

An easy video instructions guide

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Cres Aug 22, 2014. 9 Replies

I thought I would have a crack at producing a video instruction guide to making spirits and liquors for anyone who wants to see what's involved.  I've recently added a couple of videos on making…Continue

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on Tuesday

Then my good man, I shall give that a crack. 

Comment by James Rosenlund on Tuesday

Hi Andy, I used ---- " Vintners Harvest SN9 "

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on Tuesday

What yeast did you use mate?

Comment by James Rosenlund on Tuesday

Siphoning off the 2nd racking of 23 liters of mulberry wine and on to oak chips. The bouquet was good, definitely no wild yeast, and I didn't use any sterilizing agent. Will wait another 3 months and then bottle.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 8, 2016 at 17:37

Yeah but I don't temp control the fermenter Jeff.  It runs at room temp. 

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on January 8, 2016 at 15:01

CL23 will ferment at low temperatures 8°C and the wild yeasts will probably not be viable  at those temperatures 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 8, 2016 at 9:41

Note to self: big lesson for 2015 - Even boiling the life out of mulberries didn't help. I'll stick with Mulberry liquor which sounds very nice anyways. I think my CL23 is the wrong yeast for Mulberry wine. I like my CL23 Cumquat beer though, although it is probably an acquired taste (like most beer).

Comment by Craig Hogan on November 18, 2015 at 20:34
You can use Star San no rinse sanitiser. Dilute in a spray bottle. Like yourself, if I can do things naturally or organically it's my preference. Unfortunately the fundamental key to a healthy fermentation is cleanliness so it's critical.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 18, 2015 at 20:02

Thanks Craig.  Apparently you can also soak them in steraliser but I'm not so keen on the sound of that. Cryovac seems like the better answer (and I have a machine already!).

Agreed Phil.  It's not in my nature to tip it all out. 

Comment by Craig Hogan on November 18, 2015 at 19:36
Hello stranger! Nice work on perfecting the rum! I've just made a mulberry beer and to avoid infection you can cryovac the berries and take it to a boil. That will kill everything and you won't dilute or stew the fruit.
 

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