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Russell Atterbury

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Excellent skill to have learned.
« on: May 29, 2021, 16:30 »
One of the best things to have come about from my time in Russia is being able to brew up superbly smooth vodka, or to be more exact 'samogonka', the traditional home brew. But vodka it is, in all but name. cheers to all who read this.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2021, 18:28 »
Fantastic!

Is that a home-made still? Over here, I use a 24/48hr yeast with a normal must, but it takes much longer to finish. I've tried a 15% alcohol must with pure water, but it doesn't make the grade as it still pongs a bit!

Tell us more how you do it please!

(And are you related to one of the buyers at Higgs and Hill please - he had your name)!

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2021, 19:14 »
In the UK you require a license to distill liquor, even for home consumption. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2021, 21:00 »
Yep just to clarify while it's legal to distill alcohol for personal use in Russia, it is absolutely illegal here in the UK.

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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2021, 05:18 »
Growster, i will try to personal message you later. I have just woken up and read the answering posts, i'd forgotten about the restrictions of using a still in the UK.

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2021, 09:29 »
Auntie, you can buy a still, over the counter, in the homebrew shop just up from Maidstone prison! I used to get home supplies there, and the lovely chap and lady who run the place, had all the kit on display!

I think that there has to be some sort of legal requirement not to sell the stuff you make, but home consumption is allowed!

Mrs Growster won't let me get one anyway, so the matter is settled here...

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2021, 11:39 »
While itís not illegal to own a still in the UK.  e.g. in school science labs.  If you use it for distilling alcohol without following the formalities you will have broken the law and will have evaded customs duty. When this is prosecuted, the Customs people tend to ask you to pay for the amount that you might have produced in the time available in addition to the fine.

So if youíre distilling alcohol Mr G. , please make sure you have a license and approval of your equipment

 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/spirits-duty



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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2021, 12:16 »
Aren't they sold under the pretence of making essential oils?  A bit like king size cigarette papers being designed for truck drivers!

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2021, 15:07 »
hasbeans, you have to be right. if they are sold, then they are going to be 'used'. Cigarette papers included.

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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2021, 06:40 »
As mentioned earlier, I've no intention of making the stuff, I just like looking at home-brew kit, because I've only been making tinctures since 1974, so am always ready to learn!

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(That shop in Maidstone, Auntie is owned (maybe closed now) by a lovely Irish chap who says' Bingo' every other sentence)!

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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2021, 11:29 »
He sounds like quite a character, Mr G.



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