Many people are wondering whether they should make their own gin. But whilst some do get all the steps to eventually hold that bottle of their dreams in their hands, for some this long process might not be what they were thinking about.
But what can you actually do if you are not the lucky owner of a distillery or happen to know someone who does. Well, a gin making set might be the answer. The fine folks at Private Gin provided me with a box so I could create this tutorial for you.
What is in the Private Gin box?
Each box comes with 0.45 litres of 40 % ABV alcohol in a jar you might know from jam making. You get juniper berries and 7 other botanicals in small glass tubes. To filter your gin you get some filter paper and a funnel, which can be used to fill your 0.5 litre bottle, which is provided as well.
All of this comes in a clean box and has the instructions how to move forward step by step written on the inside of the lid. In general the box is simple, but seems to be fairly well made, even to ship it securely. Bonus points for that.
How to make your own gin, step by step
Of course you can buy the things provided in the box on its own. But that would be a trip to different places I guess. So the box is pretty convenient, particularly as a gift for that gin fan you want to give a gin he or she hasn't got yet.
What do you need to do once you have the box opened? Let's get started. You need approximately 48 hours, so do not start too late for that special present you want to make.
1. Squeeze the juniper berries and add them to the alcohol
Using a mortar and pestel is a great idea to crush the juniper berries. the better you crush them the more exposed they get in the alcohol. This leads to a more intense juniper aroma.
2. Let the juniper infused for 24+ hours
You can let the juniper infuse for a day now, but feel free to shake the jar every now and them for a better mixing and infusion effect. The alcohol turns yellow, brownish after a day and it is a good sign that the oils and fragrances have been infused into the alcohol.
3. Choose your botanicals
Choosing your botanicals is the next step. It makes sense to smell and maybe even carefully chew a botanical before adding it to the gin. And you could read which botanicals your favourite gin features. This gives you an idea what to choose and expect.
In my mix I went for lemon peel, red pepper berries, piment, cardamom seeds and some coriander seeds. Again I crushed these in the mortar and added them to the jar to let the infusion go ahead.
4. Controlling your gin's taste
After a few hours you can carefully check the taste of the gin. See how much has changed. The finer you crush the botanicals the faster everything passes on its taste. When you let this sit for 24 hours and it is too strong there is not much you can do about it. So check every few hours and if you are happy with the taste, move on to the next point.
5. Filtering your gin
Up next you can use your bottle and the funnel plus the provided filter paper to get rid of all the botanical residue in the liquid. In this case I did not pour the infusion straight from the jar since I was afraid to make a mess. So I used a pouring device from the kitchen which I sterilised with boiling water. The filtering is done in a few minutes and you have a bottle with your own gin.
6. Let the gin rest for 24 hours, ideally in the cold
It helps for the aromas of the gin the instructions tell us to let the gin rest in the open bottle at low temperature. So if you do not have the stinky cheese or old fish in your fridge it is a good place. But maybe it works on your balcony as well. Just be aware that weird odours might be transfered into the gin.
7. Well done you have made your own gin
Now there really are just two things to do: First think of a nice label design and secondly try your gin! I have just prepared everything to give mine a little tasting. Cheers!
Perfect as a present
In summary I have to say that this was a fun little experiment. You get to play with the botanicals and think about what you would like to have in your gin. Not the typical way, where you might taste gin and then figure out what is inside the gin but the other way around.
Personally I can imagine giving this to friends as a gift and enjoy their gin with them or meet with friends to share the differnt recipes. In addition to the botanicals you get in the box, there are no limits of course. Feel like using fresh lemon peels? Probably not the worst idea. Rosemary? Hell yeah! Just be aware that you should handle everything as clean as possible. You are infusing things in alcohol, but we are not talking 95% clinical germ killer level here.
Should you be interested in trying to make your own gin as well, head over to www.private-gin.de and check out the details. The great thing about this set is that you can reuse all the tools to create more gin in the future. As alcohol you could for example use a vodka if you do not feel like getting the agricultural alcohol at 96% ABV.
Have you made your own gin and want to share a recipe? Get in touch and let me know what you created.
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