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We have spent last week to read all the threads here, the information and knowledge that is out here is truly invaluable. Our still is almost ready now, last couple of steps is taking place and we are planning to fire her up for the first time loaded with 96+% GNS in two weeks (Feedback on our configuration).
Now that we are starting the developing, lots of content read on the forum will save lots of time, but thought we run some questions to get some feedback based on your knowledge.
First, seems like many of you are agreed on diluting down to 20%ish ABV before distillation?
Since we are based in Scandinavia, we have to import some of the main botanicals to ensure the highest quality, upon the development our goal is to use a lot of local botanicals that grow here during the summer, we have them both dried and frozen (vacuumed) for development stage but the plan is to distill those botanicals when they peak in quality in the future (understood that the result will be way different then). To ensure the same product quality year-round and to be able to scale up, the best way must be MS-runs for those critical botanicals, right?
What’s your thoughts on developing a “recipe” with all the “basic” botanicals with fixatives in mind and then play around with the seasonal botanicals in single MS-runs and then add to the distilled basic recipe to achieve the final product that we are striving for.
This would obvious need a shitload of glass bottles and plenty of documenting and above all plenty of tasting (upside ;-)) to try to understand what happens during the resting.
Lots of questions but thought we kick it off from here.