Still Spirits Infusion Basket
Still Spirits Air Still Infusion Basket
We are pleased to introduce our latest product addition in the Still
Spirits Range, the Air Still Infusement Basket. This stainless steel basket is suitable to infuse vodka with botanicals, lemon or orange peel, cinnamon sticks, chili or other flavouring ingredients. The item is easy to attach by simply clipping it into the inside of the Air Still lid.
Learn about the ways you can add botanicals to your spirits and see a demo of how to fit the new Infusion Basket into the Air Still
Using the T500 for Essential Oils and Distilled Water
Apple Cider Recipe
5 Litre Jar
Crush apples and extract the juice.
To each 5 litres of juice, add two crushed Campden Tablets and let stand for 12 hours to kill the wild yeasts.
Add 1 teaspoonful each of pectic enzyme and yeast nutrient per 5 litres, plus some wine yeast.
Fit an air lock and allow to ferment right out.
At this point bubbling will cease through the air lock and the hydrometer will show a reading of 1000
Leave to stand for a further two days to clear, then bottle with one teaspoonful of sugar to each 750ml bottle.
The cider will be ready to drink in 3 - 4 weeks, but will be much better if left for 3 - 6 months.
Essential Oils & Fragrant Oils
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISTILLED WATER & ESSENTIAL AND FRAGANT OILS
One of the simplest methods to produce clear, pure water is by distillation. One great advantage is that no .
chemicals are used and the wafer tastes great.
a) Fill the still to within 50mm of the top and start heating.
b) When boiling commences (sea water and muddy waters will take longer to boil), fit the lid, position the condenser outlet over a collecting jar and start running cooling water through the condenser.
NB: The cooling water can be straight sea water or even dirty river water. The distilled water will not be
contaminated as it is kept quite separate in a stainless steel tube.
c) When you have collected 75% of the original volume, stop distilling and discard the remaining water.
The water produced will be free of bacteria, viruses etc and all chemicals.
B. Essential and Fragrant Oils
Most any aromatic vegetable material can be used to produce fragrant waters and oils. Most common are flowers, leaves and some woods. Oil or fragrances can be most extracted by soaking (steeping) the material in water but the distillation of this water or of the material directly gives more concentrated oils.
Although commercial production frequently involves heat pressing and solvent extraction we suggest that only water be used for safety sake.
Typical plants used for oil extraction include the following:
Herbs Flowers Leaves Fruit/Berries Wood
Thyme Rose Eucalypt Citrus Peel Eucalypt
Mint Lavender Catnip Macrocarpa
Rosemary Citrus Lemongrass Sandalwood
In general the plant material is finely shredded (wood), mulched (peel) or crushed (flowers) and allowed to stand in water overnight and the watery mash distilled the next day. One third of the original water volume is collected and then further processed by redistilling (combined batches) or separation of the milky distillate by freezing or solvent extraction.
Mash Distillation Example
Take: 3kg Orange flowers 1.5kg Orange Peel 9 Litres water Crush flowers and peel and soak overnight.
Distill and collect 4 litres.
a) Stand distillate in tall narrow necked bottles and gradually the orange oil will accumulate at the top.
b) Add the four litres of distillate to another batch of mash and re-distill. This will give a double concentration of oil in the distillate.
c) Thoroughly mix with a solvent (200m1 of propanol) and allow to stand and separate.
d) Freeze distillate and filter off ice leaving the oil fraction.
Another option is to steam distil. (Most suitable for air dried leaves and woods).
Add 5 litres of water to the distilling pot and suspend a wire basket of fragrant material above the water. Boil the water and the steam will carry fragrances across to the condensing unit.
These recipes are based on methods used over 100 years ago and are just as practical today.