Create Bombay Sapphire style Gin with this Instructable.
I don’t drink gin myself but when I built my still a lot of friends asked me if I could make Gin so I did some research and found out how to do it and even the exact ingredients used in Bombay Sapphire as this was the Gin they wanted.
Now there are 2 ways that Gin makers make their Gin, Steeping and Vapour Infusion, this instructable uses the same method that Bombay Sapphire use which is Infusion.
Botanical's : what does this mean? Well it’s the plant matter and spices that are used to flavour the Gin.
What is a Steeped Gin, to make a steeped Gin, which is the most common way to make Gin, the Gin makers put their botanicals in the still boiler along with the spirit and then leave it for 24 hours. After that they boil it with the botanical's still in it to get the spirit from it.
Vapour infused Gin is different what they do is they have a special basket which they put the botanical's and then they pass the spirit vapour over it and the vapour picks up the flavours on the way.
Step 1: what you need
For this instructable you will need a Pot Still, here is my instructable on how to build one.
the other bits you will need are
for the Spirit
5 KG White Sugar
1 X Tube of tomato puree
1 X Lemon
50 g of baker’s yeast, You could use a couple of packets of baker’s yeast but it will take longer to ferment but the result will be the same.
some of these might be tricky to get hold of, and some of them are very expensive.
20g Juniper Berries
10g Coriander Seeds
2g cubeb berries (this is an African pepper corn)
2g Grains of Paradise
2g Cassia Bark ( you could use a cinnamon stick but i would use much less of it if you do)
2g Powdered Liquorice root
2g Angelica root
2g Bitter Almond, now in the UK and US this is a listed poison due to the cyanide content, if you can get them you can use bitter peach kernels if not then you will have to do what I did and use a splash of Almond Extract but make sure it was made with bitter almonds. I also threw in some regular almonds for good measure.
Lemon peel (get an unwaxed lemon if you can)
0.2g - 0.3g of orris root powder
if you want to make Bombay Sapphire east then add the following as well
0.2g black pepper corns
0.2g lemon grass
a tub for the botanical's to go in
a pestle and mortar to mash the stuff up, you don't want to turn it in to powder so don't use an electric grinder, you could use a bag and a wine bottle if you are stuck.
a Hydrometer that is for spirits
a Wine Hydrometer
a testing / ample tube
a 25L Fermentation vessel with an air lock
a long spoon
some glass jars
a glass demi john or a couple of 2 litre bottles to store the distillate in afterwards