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Jars And Bottles
- And Other Equipment

Avoid jars and bottles and other equipment made of plastic when you prepare and store your flavoured schnapps and liqueurs.

Plastic-lined lids and caps - and jars and bottles with rubber rings - are no good either.

That's because the flavours from plastic and rubber could be transferred to your schnapps or liqueur and spoil it.

However - glass, steel, ceramics, and glazed earthenware are fine materials for schnapps and liqueur making.

You don't need much equipment to make your own flavoured schnapps or liqueur - and most of it are everyday things you may already have in your cupboards and drawers.

Here is a list of what you need - though you might not need it all to begin with...

  • Glass jars with tight-fitting lids
    Used jam jars are fine as long as they are absolutely clean and free of any residual flavours.

  • Bottles with tight-fitting caps
    Used wine and liquor bottles with screw-on caps are fine, as long as they are absolutely clean and without any residual flavours.If you choose to use coloured glass bottles, make sure they are made from dyed glass. Painted glass bottles are no good, because the paint will adversely affect your infusion - some times it will even peel off.

  • Zester for peeling citrus fruits
    If you don't have a zester, use a potato peeler instead. Just make sure you only peel the coloured outer rind (the zest) of the fruit. The white inner rind has an unpleasant bitter taste.You can buy good zesters at any store that sells specialty kitchen equipment.

  • Steel strainer, steel funnel + gauze or cotton wool
    For straining and filtration.

  • Alcoholmeter
    For adjusting the alcohol content. Necessary when diluting pure grain alcohol. Can be purchased at brewers supply stores and wine-making stores.

  • Bottle corks
    If you prefer to close your bottles with corks, choose wine corks of good quality. Can be purchased at any wine-making store or brewers supply store.Note: Old or used corks might not fit properly into the bottle neck, they can impart an off taste - or they can crumble from age.

  • Cork-inserter
    Can be purchased at any brewers supply store or wine-making store.

  • Remember...

    Liqueur making based on the schnapps recipes here on my site is easy. Just add a simple sugar syrup to your schnapps and store it for a while.
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    You can create your very own and unique schnapps and liqueur blends by blending different alcohol infusions.
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    If for some reason you are not satisfied with your schnapps, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours. 
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