Odin's Easy Gin

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Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Post by Tummydoc » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:39 pm

Make sure you have the right variety, some juniper berries are toxic.

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Post by HodyMac » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:05 pm

Tummydoc wrote:Make sure you have the right variety, some juniper berries are toxic.
Well, that is certainly something to be concerned about!
Alligator Juniper. I’ll see what I can find out.

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Post by HodyMac » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:08 pm

Tummydoc wrote:Make sure you have the right variety, some juniper berries are toxic.
Alligator juniper berries are used, apparently in moderation.

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Post by MartinCash » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:23 am

The gin juniper (Juniperus communis) is usually a low, prostrate shrub, so if yours looks like a tree, make sure you get it properly identified by a botanist. Some juniper species are toxic.

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Post by Grappa-Gringo » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:47 am

Quick informational question re gin ingredients-- I'm planning on doing a Gin- but looking over the threads I can't find what I'm looking for, are the ingredients crushed or kept whole if they are put in a gin basket.... I'm thinking you'd get more flavor with crushed, but I don't know, thus I ask...thanks in advance.
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Post by Virandell » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:19 am

Grappa-Gringo wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:47 am
Quick informational question re gin ingredients-- I'm planning on doing a Gin- but looking over the threads I can't find what I'm looking for, are the ingredients crushed or kept whole if they are put in a gin basket.... I'm thinking you'd get more flavor with crushed, but I don't know, thus I ask...thanks in advance.
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Post by HodyMac » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:30 pm

MartinCash wrote:The gin juniper (Juniperus communis) is usually a low, prostrate shrub, so if yours looks like a tree, make sure you get it properly identified by a botanist. Some juniper species are toxic.
It is an Alligator Juniper.

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Post by MartinCash » Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:10 am

HodyMac wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:30 pm
It is an Alligator Juniper.
That's not the right species. You want Common Juniper.

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Post by HodyMac » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:44 pm

MartinCash wrote:
HodyMac wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:30 pm
It is an Alligator Juniper.
That's not the right species. You want Common Juniper.
I’ll give it a try with the alligator juniper berries that I have in abundance and I’ll report back.

They’re not toxic.

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Post by MartinCash » Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:58 am

Do they smell about right? They might be interesting even if they don't.

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Post by Saltbush Bill » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:32 am

FWIW I read some stuff on the net the other night that indicates that at least one commercial mob are using Alligator type Juniper...forget where I read it now. At the time I was looking to reinforce what I knew about the correct types of juniper to use are......the more I looked the more conflicting stuff I found.

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Post by CoogeeBoy » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:40 am

I say, use the Alligator Juniper,......and make it snappy!

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Post by Bushman » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:51 pm

CoogeeBoy wrote:
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I say, use the Alligator Juniper,......and make it snappy!
Made me smile!

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Post by Chefpierre » Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:08 pm

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Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:15 pm
Yes, it should be spirit run, then, and only if it tastes and smells like a match for the botanicals you are going to use, you should follow Odin's method on the first page of this thread.
I took the hearts from this run, remacerated for 18 hours, did the run with the botanicals in the boiler with the addition of anjelica root. Soooooo much better. Thanks for the direction.

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Post by dmacnz » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:46 pm

Would this work in a plate reflux still? I had a crack earlier using This recipe in the gin basket and it works. However every where I read every says that in the pot is way to make a dream like gin.
Will my 4 plates remove the flavour? Should I stick to vapor infusion? Or time to get a basic column?!
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Post by Bushman » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:54 pm

Four plates will remove some of the flavor a pot still would be better and if you don’t have one they are easy to make.

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Post by Saltbush Bill » Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:24 am

dmacnz wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:46 pm
Will my 4 plates remove the flavour?
Can you remove your plates and , or just turn off the defleglamator water supply.....you plated column is now basically a big pot still.
Might need a good rinse out with clean water after the gin making to rid it of the gin smell.

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Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Post by loGin » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:02 am

Hello all,
I am struggling to find one key information: I have an electrical heating system, what temperature should I set it to while pot distilling (starting from neutral)?

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Post by Corsaire » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:06 am

None, you set it to a %power. Temperature control doesn't work very well on a still.

I suggest you read up on power controllers, they're the better tool to use.

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Post by Saltbush Bill » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:06 am

loGin wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:02 am
what temperature should I set it to while pot distilling
Same question twice???......see here for answer. https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 06&t=67150

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Post by Broken Jug » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:21 am

Broken Jug wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:43 pm
Thank you for this recipe!

I made a batch of Shady's Sugar Shine just for this recipe.
I ran it the other day, and I kept the middle of the run. I diluted in down to 43%, which gave me ~7 1/2 Qts.
I tried to follow Odin's recipe, but was unable to find any tangerines, so I used Mandarin oranges instead. I also increased the juniper berries by just a little, and added 3-4 cardamom pods.
It's been setting for almost a week (another week to go before I run it), and I've been checking it every other day (just can't keep my hands off it). I was expecting to be overwhelmed with citrus from the Mandarins, but that's not the case at all.
Looking forward to when it's in my glass.
Update:

I wasn’t able to run this after two weeks. I came down with COVID-19 a week after my last post, and was to sick to do anything.

I finally ran it the other day when I was feeling better.

After I ran it, I cut it to 45% with distilled water. It taste great, but it has a pronounced sodium flavor.

Is that normal, and will go away after it sets for 5 weeks?

Did I let it sit to long before running?

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Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Post by Expat » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:31 am

First, glad you're on the mend.

To your question, do you mean to say it tastes like salt? In my experience, there has never been any salt taste. Possibly some contamination in either your dilution water or the container.
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Post by Broken Jug » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:03 am

Thank you Expat. And yes, taste like salt but not salty, if that makes since.

It's probably the distilled water I used, the container was clean.

If that flavor doesn't go away overtime, I'll drink it anyway.

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Post by Expat » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:20 am

I find that distilled water never tastes right. Many people claim reverse osmosis water is best, but I just use tap.
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Post by NZChris » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:24 am

Taste the water, the neutral and each of the botanicals.

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Post by Broken Jug » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:16 pm

NZChris wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:24 am
Taste the water, the neutral and each of the botanicals.
I just tasted everything that I could, expect for the water, don’t have any left.

I remember tasting the water when I cut it, but not a good test. My taste was still off from having COVID

That’s probably why it taste a little funny to me now. One of the symptoms of COVID, is loss of taste and smell. The loss of taste and smell is one of the symptoms I had, but after 2 1/2 to 3 weeks I got it back, so I thought.

It’s been just over 6 weeks when I came down with COVID, and I’m still not 100%.

Anyway, that’s probably way it taste a little funny to me.

Thanks NZChris.

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Post by The Baker » Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:19 am

I am also glad you are feeling better.

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Post by Sk8brew » Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:34 pm

I've been through most of the thread, but need some clarification. If I am going to put the botanicals in the boiler after macerating for 24hours and put the citrus in the vapor path. Do I put the citrus in the maceration also and then remove it?

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Post by Expat » Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:18 pm

Sk8brew wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:34 pm
I've been through most of the thread, but need some clarification. If I am going to put the botanicals in the boiler after macerating for 24hours and put the citrus in the vapor path. Do I put the citrus in the maceration also and then remove it?
I think you missed the first post.

"- Let it macerate at room temperature for two weeks;
- After two weeks, filter out the herbs, berries, skins, whatever"


Vapor path method wouldn't be OEG.
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Post by CoogeeBoy » Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:23 pm

Sk8brew wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:34 pm
I've been through most of the thread, but need some clarification. If I am going to put the botanicals in the boiler after macerating for 24hours and put the citrus in the vapor path. Do I put the citrus in the maceration also and then remove it?
Great question, I want to know the answer myself!

I have macerated a lemons and limes a couple of times and my comment would be that you wont get all the flavours and oils out in 24 hours so I would be inclined to put the citrus in for 24 hours and then remove and put it in the vapour path. I reckon you will get more citrus flavours from that method so if that is what you want, that is what you should try.

Let us know how it goes!

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