Gin From Scratch (Vapour Infused)

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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.
westernwine8 months ago

Out here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA they make a gin using Douglas Fir branch tips and I've heard of them doing the same with spruce tips (the new growth in early spring) Would you just use a few tips in place of your juniper berries?

n1cod3mus (author)  westernwine8 months ago
I have no idea to be honest, I have never heard of it, but I would assume it would be an extra to the berrys
christy9910 months ago

I have an air still for distalation, (http://stillspirits.com/products/turbo-air-still) do I still need to throw away the first 100ml or does the air still get rid of the methanol and acetone, etc?

Great instructions by the way, thanks.

n1cod3mus (author)  christy9910 months ago
no it wont take it out as far as I am aware
mikefoes11 months ago

I am experimenting with Gin production and have expirienced loching which is dissapointing to see after all the effort. The link below might be of help


good luck

Just to let you know, I believe the cloudiness is due to louching (to cause something to louche). That's the term for when the essential oils in absinthe mix with the water you add to it before you drink it. It's basically an emulsion forming. The gin should also have essential oils in it from all the botanicals.

I think you meant "second distillation" in step 5.

Great work BTW
n1cod3mus (author)  cunning_fellow2 years ago
opps! lol well spotted, and thats why you shouldnt write instructables on only 4 hours sleep lol I have updated it now. thanks.