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Damson vodka...
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:32 »
Has anyone tried to make this without any sugar?

We've been offered a big bag of damsons, and would like to get some spirit moving for December if possible...

Any ideas would be welcome!

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2015, 13:00 »
Has anyone tried to make this without any sugar?

Yep, it's fine but I don't add much sugar normally anyway. It changes the drink from a liquor into a spirit and it will probably need a mixer rather than drinking neat.

I found it best to just put a bit of sugar in to take the sharpness away.
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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2015, 13:53 »
Has anyone tried to make this without any sugar?

Yep, it's fine but I don't add much sugar normally anyway. It changes the drink from a liquor into a spirit and it will probably need a mixer rather than drinking neat.

I found it best to just put a bit of sugar in to take the sharpness away.

There are a few diabetic issues here, Lards, so sugar is verboten!

I really don't see why sugar needs to be added as there is the natural fruit sugar to consider, and anyway, we'll not be drinking pints of the stuff...

Thanks for your reply anyway!

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2015, 15:30 »
Doesn't the juice from the fruit dilute the alcohol, so you add sugar to make more alcohol with the yeast on the fruit. I just vaguely remember something along those lines...........

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2015, 17:42 »
Doesn't the juice from the fruit dilute the alcohol, so you add sugar to make more alcohol with the yeast on the fruit. I just vaguely remember something along those lines...........

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I think that is a myth, if you put a wild yeast in 40% Alchohol it dies !
Even the super duper modern wine yeasts do not survive much above 20% ABV

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2015, 17:49 »
I thought that you just needed to steep the damsons in the vodka - or gin, and leave it for a few months for it to meld.

At this time of year, I always have handy, a five gallon clear plastic box with an airtight lid, into which any 'spare' fruit goes with some sugar. So far, it has had all the blackcurrant pulp from juicing, ditto apples, some blackberries and some old withered blueberries, some peaches which were on their way out, and it's still bubbling away merrily...

Goodness knows what it will taste of, but with all that, it should't be too bad after a few months!

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2015, 18:15 »
I thought that you just needed to steep the damsons in the vodka - or gin, and leave it for a few months for it to meld.

At this time of year, I always have handy, a five gallon clear plastic box with an airtight lid, into which any 'spare' fruit goes with some sugar. So far, it has had all the blackcurrant pulp from juicing, ditto apples, some blackberries and some old withered blueberries, some peaches which were on their way out, and it's still bubbling away merrily...

Goodness knows what it will taste of, but with all that, it should't be too bad after a few months!

Hic...

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I am very wary of using blackcurrant now as it tends to overwhelm all other flavours .
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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2015, 19:07 »
I think that is a myth, if you put a wild yeast in 40% Alchohol it dies !

That was my understanding too  ;)

Your damsons will be fine Growster just steeped in whatever you like (I've done vodka and gin and really didn't notice any difference to the finished product), it may still be a little young at winter festival time but a slosh of low-cal tonic the one with sweetener not sugar and it will make a nice tall drink, just lacking the warming nature of the syrupy version.

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2015, 20:23 »
I did some in vodka  and some in gin last year with very little sugar and they were fine.

I liked the gin best with a tablespoon of juniper berries slung in.

If sugar is verboten have you considered steeping the damsons in your alcohol and then adding some stevia to sweeten.  I am using this quite a lot recently.

Although I won't be able to use that when I knock up my crème de cacoa this week.

Also I think  the absolute vodkas are made without sugar so you will be fine not using sugar.

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2015, 21:02 »
We have only just racked off ours from last year. Tastes great. Just in time to re stack the Demijohns with the next crop.

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2015, 05:37 »
Thanks All, we're off to Twongos today, and I dare say a litre of good cheapo vodka will be in the boot before we get home...

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Re: Damson vodka...
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2015, 21:01 »
The container is now full to the brim, with all that fruit, plus the pulp from all the apples we've been juicing...

I can just get the lid on and am wondering how on earth I'm going to get it all into some sort of order to rack it and finish it all off...

But I will survive..;0)



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