Macerated Fruit Filter using the SD Gin Basket

edited March 2014 in Usage

I've been making a few batches of @Prairiepiss & @Cooperville Panty Dropper recently, and have had a few issues with successfully filtering the berries. The finer particles are clogging up the filters to the extent of almost stopping. This was driving me nuts so I had to find a better solution.

A quick email to my friendly local SD Distributor - @Punkin and my idea was underway.

I used a SD Gin Basket as the filter, and sat it on a Sieve plate. This was then housed in 4" TC pipe sitting on top of a 4" x 2" reducer.

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Sieve Plate


Gin Basket


Filled Gin Basket


Macerated Fruit Jar


The Gin Basket works better than any of my previous filtering attempts using different grades of mesh.

It's a great secondary use for the Gin Basket with a few extra parts, and a bit of TIG welding for the support frame.
My next test will be Apple Pie

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  • You are, once again, living up to your name @Philter.

  • Anything to make the job easier @Lloyd :D

    Because the SD products are (almost) infinitely customisable, I can mix and match to streamline my processes!

  • Looks good Philter, glad we were able to assist in solving that one. ^:)^

    StillDragon Australia & New Zealand - Your StillDragon® Distributor for Australia & New Zealand

  • Looks like a great setup @philter just thinking if you put a end cap on top with a air line you could gently pressurise the space a speed up the philtering process Filtering is definitely a part of this hobby that gets overlooked Let that panty dropper sit for at least 12 months and you will be amazed

  • Easier said than done.
    Don't recall Panty Dropper ever aging past a weeks around here.

    But then, strawberries are expensive here so the batches tend to be small.

  • When it's aged for a long time it loses it's colour and vibrancy and takes on a port like consistency. Very much like a port or an aged liqueur. It's very nice but completely different to the fresh strawberry (or whatever fruit) taste.

    StillDragon Australia & New Zealand - Your StillDragon® Distributor for Australia & New Zealand

  • @cooperville That's not a bad idea. I did actually use the Gin Basket 4" end cap with the handle for the lid. The basket is a tight fit and the fruit would make a great seal.

    My Wife's trusty cheese press (Mad Millie) also helped to remove some of the liquid, but isn't worth the effort IMHO.

    In another post, @Prairiepiss recommended heating up the fruit/liquid first, and this certainly helps.

    @Lloyd @Punkin I may have to rent a Swiss Safety Deposit box for it to age for 12 months to try those flavours.

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