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Hi, I hope you can help. I'm very new to the world of distilling and after experimenting with small capacity stove top copper column stills, I now have a 50ltr milk churn boiler with a 5.5kw heating element and gin basket set up, pretty much as pictured on the front of the excellent Gin - The StillDragon Way manual. I'd like to continue to tune in my recipes, but I'm unsure of the amount / ratio of water to Neutral Grain Spirit (96.5%) to put in the boiler while I experiment with botanical ratios etc. Is there an optimum 'rule of thumb' ratio.
Given that I'm very much at the experimentation stage, is there a minimum amount of NGS I can add while I continue to test and tune my gin recipes? If a small amount of NGS can be used should I have a maximum or minimum amount of water in the boiler?.
Apologies, if the answer to my question has been staring me in the face in the manual or forum.
Thanks in advance for any help, it really looks to be a very good forum - I'm sure I'm going to have more questions going forward.