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Quince Wine to Brandy, Distilling for Essential Oils using an Oil Separator 
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I have a new project - I have 25 5ml amber glass bottles and am aiming to distil 24 different aromatic plants for essential oil by this time next year. I will either have grown the plants myself or wild crafted from the bush or my wanderings! I have recently been using an oil separator, I have a 125ml for small amountS - Lemon verbena for example and the bigger for the higher oil yielding plants - Lavender, Rosemary and the Eucalyptus varieties.Its exciting to know its achievable using my home still to be able to have a collection of pure essentials oils that come from the place and my care. At this time I have 3ml of Lemon verbena (liquid gold!) 5ml Rosemary, 5ml Peppermint Eucalyptus and 5 ml of Eucalyptus. Mt the end of the year I hope to have Clary Sage,White Sage,Basil, maybe 2 or 3 ml of Roman and German Chamomile,  Ginger, Black Pepper, Juniper Berries, Inula and Helioscrysum (as long as I can nurture my plants through a winter) citrus blossom and a petitgrain. Of course as well the added bonus of all that lovely hydrosol. FOR ORDERS OF DISTILLING ACCESSORIES

A friend delivered a basket of Quinces! I found this Recipe in an old Wine Recipe Book we had been given.
24 Quinces, 2 lemons, 1.5 k sugar, 5 litres of water, yeast and nutrient salts
I washed the fruit and cored the fruit. using the grating attachment on my food processor - they all got grated. I covered the grated quince with the water and bought it to the boil, simmered it for 15 minutes. measure the sugar into a brew bucket, add the juice and rind of the lemon. Pour the quince mixture through a stainer onto the sugar lemon mix, stir to dissolve the sugar. (Taste it - its aromatic sweet and delicious, would make a lovely cordial). When it has cooled down, add the yeast and nutrient salts. Put the lid on with the airlock, keep it in a warm place to ferment.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF TURNING IT INTO BRANDY!


 Eucalyptus polyanthemos
( Silver Dollar Gum )
 There is a huge tree nearby. Im distilling some oils and preparing hydrosol for the winter ahead. The Silver Dollar Gum has a soft note and a high yeild. It help clear stuffy noses and chest. It was covered in flowers, I find they sweeten the oils.
Alembic Column
Is the style to use for steam distillation for essential oil. I have stripped the leaves and flowers off the stems and filled the column. I discard any damaged leaf as I am after a small amount of clean pure essential oil. The Column is placed over the pot of boiling water, I seal the joins with a rye flour paste so as not to loose any precious steam which is the carrier of the essential oil. 
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Oil Separators
Make it easy to collect small amounts of essential oil. When I collected 500ml of hydrosol, I poured it into a 500ml Oil Separator. You can see the millions of tiny droplets of esential oil floating to the top. When they have settled release the tap at the bottom of the flask to collect the hydrosol. Turn the tap off whne the level reacheds the oil. Its then easy to transfer the oil to a small bottle. Using a 10 L Column Still, in 15 minuted I had collected 500ml hydrosol with 3.5ml of essential oil. To get my target of 5ml, would take 2 columns and about 30minutes. There was a litre of delicate hydrosl.

 
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