Gin botanicals for making gin at Get Er Brewed

Gin Botanicals 

There are hundreds of botanicals which can be used to flavour gin which is what makes it one of the broadest categories in spirits in terms of flavour, origin and styles. 

The most crucial botanical used, which is essential in the gin making process is Juniper Berries. Fact: Gin is derived from the word juniper! Regardless of all the different styles of gins, the one thing that they will all have in common is that they are all predominantly juniper flavoured. 

Gin Botanicals for making gin

The Coriander Seed, is nearly as common a juniper itself appearing in many gin products. Coriander has a long history of importance for both food and a perfumer’s ingredient. Depending on the distiller will depend on where the botanical is sourced from. The Coriander Seed all at once will give off a citrusy, nutty and a little spicy variety of flavour.

Angelica can be an unfamiliar major gin ingredient used with many not realising how commonly used this botanical is. Similar to Coriander, Angelica is closely related to the carrot family with the herbs which make up the Angelicus genus grow nearly everywhere in the northern hemisphere. The role of the botanical is to act as a binding agent in order to promote combining the other botanicals together to enhance the variety of flavours each one gives off.

The Lemon Peel is the most common citrus fruit used in gin, providing a distinct citrus aroma. Lemon peels, like other citrus fruit contain a large amount of limonence, the aromatic which is mainly responsible for the bright aroma associated with citrus.

When it comes to oranges, these can be divided into two sub categories- sweet and bitter. Both types of oranges can be found in gins. Typically, the peel of a Seville Orange (bitter) is used to dry and the peel of the sweet orange is used fresh.

The Orris Root, known to help hold the other fragrancies in place- a fixative in perfume for many centuries. They are left for as long as 5 years to dry, before being ground into powder, added to water and distilled. The Orris Root binds and stabilizes other flavours, resulting in being more likely to detect it by the effect it has on other ingredients.

Cardamom is another botanical becoming more common in the gin world! Its exotic aroma adds and expressive, spicy note. It is one of the most expensive spices, with very little needed to impart its strong flavour, Cardamom can be challenging to work with as its essential oils and aromatics are very volatile and degrade quickly.

Liquorice is a sweet, woody botanical which contains a natural sweetener. Liquorice root carries a unique taste with the often misconception that people assume that Liquorice root is similar to Liquorice sweets- which is in fact wrong!

Grains of paradise are rarely used outside of traditional African food cultures. The seeds have a woody, almost piney aroma, and slightly reminiscent of cardamom. 

Other important botanicals may include Lavender, which is increasingly becoming more popular in the use of some gin. As well as a fragrance, lavender is used as flavouring with many distillers normally opting to steep it in their pot at the last minute to avoid dominance over the rest of the botanicals. Fennel may be used by gin distillers to impart a liquoerice-like warmth and spice, becoming more common especially in contemporary style gins that emphasis herbal profile. As gin continues to expand in the world, new botanicals are starting to increasingly show up never before being distilled with juniper. 

We have our very own award winning Gin Distillery at Get Er Brewed called Frankie & Eileens so you can have confidence that we are supplying the finest gin botanicals available in the world

Frankie & Eileens Gin

Frankie & Eileen’s: This premium liquid is made up of a variety of 13 botanicals, left to mature in a copper still for 36 hours prior to starting the distiller process. The still (did we mention is hand-built locally with the copper sourced from Ireland) is then run low and slow to ensure the best cuts are made- as flavour is Frankie and Eileen’s top priority!

Botanicals used are Juniper, English Coriander Seed, Angelica, Lemon Peel, Irish Potato Peel and Pea Pods (which in fact work in harmony with the Macedonian Juniper Berries and Spanish fruit peels), Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Cardamom, Grains of Paradise, Cassis, Bitter Orange, Sweet Orange.

Gin Botanicals available for Craft Distilleries in bulk can be bought here:

https://www.geterbrewed.com/gin-botanicals-en/

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/gin-botanicals-en/

We have smaller quantities of luxury Gin Botanicals available in the following links:

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/luxury-gin-botanicals/

https://www.geterbrewed.com/luxury-gin-botanicals/

Blog written by Lauren Shaw our new Gin Brand Ambassador and Sales Executive for Get Er Brewed.

Make Quality Spirits at Home

It isn’t hard to make great spirits at home but you have to play by the rules…..

Check the red tape before you commence craft distilling

Make Quality Spirits At Home

Still Spirits, are the world leader in home distilling products and spirit flavourings.

With the full range of Still Spirits products, you can easily make quality low cost homemade alcohol and turn it into delicious, full flavoured, alcoholic beverages that evoke the taste of far more expensive spirits & liqueurs. Geterbrewed now have a range of still spirit starter kits, still spirits flavourings and consumables

1. Turbo 500 (T500) Still with Alembic Copper Dome and Alembic Copper Condenser – Starter Kit

alembic copper still starter kit

2. Air Still Gin Botanicals Bundle – Starter Kit

airstill gin botanical starter kit

3. Turbo 500 (T500) Still with Copper Condenser – Starter Kit

copper condenser starter kit

 

FLAVOURINGS

Still Spirits flavourings can be added to instantly flavour home distilled neutral spirits – giving them the flavour you know and love, be that Rum, Bourbon, Gin, Absinthe, Port, Brandy, Tequila, Vodka, or a Whiskey style flavouring.

These flavourings are inspired by, and evoke a range of different styles and tastes. You can add these to a bottle of vodka to create your favourite spirit also

TURBO YEASTS

Still Spirits turbo yeasts are the finest on the market, create pure top quality spirits

Turbo yeast is a mix of dry yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and nutrition optimised for the yeast.

There are many different strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and this is where the difference in most distilling yeasts lie. Our strain is specifically chosen for its ability to produce quality alcohol and is packed with nutrients that are optimised for providing exactly the right combination of nitrogen, vitamins and trace minerals which the yeast needs in the different stages of the alcohol’s fermentation process.

Still Spirits Turbo Yeast also contains pH buffers and antifoaming agent to ensure you get excellent results no matter your experience.

What makes Still Spirits Turbo Yeasts so special?

The yeast strain we use is a temperature tolerant, versatile strain able to withstand extreme stress factors (such temperature, ethanol, etc.) and still achieve exceptional ethanol yield when used in the correct conditions. This means that even those new to distilling can achieve excellent results right from their very first still.

Purity  is always an important factor for distillers. The more pure alcohol that is produced, the less filtering is necessary. A balance between purity and volume has to be taken into consideration, as well as the capacity and the cost to filter. In short, the more nutrients present in the yeast mixture, the more off flavours you are likely to get.

Our turbo yeasts various nutritional additives included with the yeast have been optimised to give superior yield and quality within a very respectable fermentation time period.

Speed – Consistently Still Spirits Turbo Yeasts to reach final gravity (FG) quickly to allow you to distil and be enjoying your alcohol as soon as possible. Plus enjoy a higher alcohol yield with a low FG, our Turbo Yeasts will help you achieve the results you are looking for.

Temperature tolerance – Many customers don’t have the capacity or want to invest in refrigerated fermenters to control temperature. Internal temperatures increase as the yeast gets to work and over a certain temperature it affects the viability and efficiency of the yeast to convert the sugar to alcohol. Temperature tolerant yeast such as our Turbo Yeasts, are a strain that can handle excessive temperatures and other stress factors, yet still deliver great ethanol output.

Choosing the Right Yeast

Turbo yeasts ferment sugar into alcohol wash. There are five Turbo Yeasts to choose from, and each one is especially formulated to work excellently in specific situations – be it your specific climate conditions, or your desired alcohol outcomes. Each Turbo Yeast contains a mix of yeast and nutrients, to make 25 L of Wash and produce alcohol that is extremely low in by-products.

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a Turbo Yeast:

  • What sugar substrate are you using? i.e. Glucose Syrup/Dextrose/Molasses/Starch converted grains etc.
  • What volume of alcohol are you trying to make?
  • What will you want to do with your end spirit?
  • What temperature conditions are you fermenting in?

still spirits turbo yeast range

 

Geterbrewed launch a Craft Distillery

So that time we decided to launch our own Gin to the Craft Distilling scene in Northern Ireland….. as if we didn’t have enough going on you may say…

Well it has been a long process, we started with this idea just about two years ago and set about researching it. We wanted to launch our own brand of Gin and wanted it to be something close to our hearts so we could use that passion to drive it forward

To start we needed a still and we rang the usual suspects and were surprised at their response for a waiting time, they wanted us to wait a minimum of two years to receive the copper pot still.

I always love a challenge and when its something i’m passionate about I can be quite driven for those of you that know me. I then started to enquire about building our own range of copper pot stills.

Little did we know that one of the largest copper  tank manufacturers was on our doorstep but they had never built a copper pot still before, so we sought the assistance of our brewing consultant friend George who has a wealth of experience in the brewing and distilling industry and we asked him to work on some copper pot still drawings.

The prototype is now our current Pot Still, the first copper pot still manufactured in Ireland in many years. We have already started work on a larger 500 litre and 1000 litre Copper Pot Still.

Craft Distilling is going through a major growth phase and we aim to supply copper pot stills to new distilleries throughout the UK & Ireland.

Our own brand of Gin is called “Frankie & Eileens” and our talented friend Ally Simpson from Supersimbo received the brief of what we wanted to try and achieve with this brand. We named it after our two grandmothers and sought to make a Gin packed with flavour, we use 13 botanicals in total and have added some local botanicals with the addition of Potato & Pea Pods. Ally has really done us proud with the design and we think his artwork is beautiful and elegant.

We will be telling the story behind the Gin in the coming weeks….

If you are interested in starting your own distillery we would love to work with you on the project. We already sell distilling malt & gin botanicals for craft distillers and have embarked on a steep learning curve designing our current range of Geterbrewed Copper Distilleries. This industry is hard enough so we are happy to help if you need a few pointers

Checkout the website for our gin here; www.frankieandeileens.com