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Hello

Any one used a Home Brew Online Moonshine  Pack ?

Amazon are selling a 5 Litre Spirit Kit for under £30, I was thinking could you use this for a base for bramble vodka?

Spirit would end up around 21% or so the blurb says...

Cheers in advance for your thoughts.

N.

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I have used a couple of the Solomon Grundy kits from local,homebrew shop

baically you add loads of your own sugar to water, boil it up, add yeast, leave, add some carbon to clear it

when i did it I used to add the 'flavourings' like southern comfort, rum etc

it was ok but not great

i prefer buying the spirit and pimping it up as it's almost guaranteed results

i suppose at £30 it may be worth a punt. What do you get for your £30?

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Aren't you going to end up with something closer to bramble wine than bramble vodka? If your starting spirit is 21% ABV then it's going to end up losing quite a few % when you add fruit and sugar. I've never tested the ABV of my sloe gin but I start with a 37.5% ABV spirit and from the taste and effects once it's completed I'd guess it's only around 20%.

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Get a proper still and make some real strong stuff then add your fruit of choice, add water to bring to where you want the alcohol content.

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17 minutes ago, figgy said:

Get a proper still and make some real strong stuff then add your fruit of choice, add water to bring to where you want the alcohol content.

Is that legal? 

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So long as it's for your own consumption Yes. Lads I worked with one made his own whiskey with a reflux still with the copper top added to a turbo 500 then bought himself some small oak barrels to age it in, spent a few Bob on ports and sherry to age the barrels with. Other just made the base sprits and added whatever flavours he liked.

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Sorry but no it's not legal without a license, even for personal use. I'm not saying authorities would be that interested but it is illegal.

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15 hours ago, redogi73 said:

Sorry but no it's not legal without a license, even for personal use. I'm not saying authorities would be that interested but it is illegal.

 

Bit like making your own bio diesel.

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I've done the kits in the past and they basically use turbo yeast to ferment as high as possible, but that tops out at 21%ish - I suppose you could do the brewdog thing and freeze distil - Put it in the freezer (in plastic) and once frozen take out to defrost and the first thaw will be alcohol with frozen water left behind (Works great with supermarket beer!!).

To use as a base spirit for proper drinks it's a waste of time, but as a base for a punch/sangria type thing they work

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