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I mascerate my junoper and corriander seed. Preivosuly the rest of my botanicals were in a bag hanging inside my still but not in the boiling liquid, just suspended. It was a pain to setup so I got a gin basket.
Previously my column was too short and the run would have an earthy smell even if i reduced power, so I added another 18" section of column and was back in business!
I am now concerned that my botanicals (minus juniper and corriander seed) are at the top of the column in a gin basket, as I had concluded that the extra column length meant the heavier "earthy" notes in the run didn't get forced into the collection path.
So I am looking for advice from users on how to run a basket setup.. Do you put botanicals in and run and discard the first portion as always? or is it better to get rid of the first portion of the run and then put the basket in place?
just any general notes from the field really...