Dark Woods Rum

Dark Woods Rum

Slightly smokey rum with spicy and citrus flavors. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 g candied ginger
  • 1 pc black cardamom
  • 0.5 g almond powder
  • 0.4 g paradise seed
  • 0.2 g cinnamon
  • 0.8 g coriander
  • 0.1 g liquorice
  • 1 pc black cardamom
  • 1 g orange peel
  • 0.3 g Oak bark
  • 0.6 g cubeb pepper

RECIPE

1. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

2. Slightly crush the coriander, ginger, black cardemom, almond powder, paradise seed, cinnamon, coriander seeds, licorice, orange peel, oak bark and cubeb pepper in a mortar.

3. Remove the cardamom shells and throw them on the bottom of the filter.

4. Add all the ingredients from the mortar in the filter.

5. Cover the ingredients with a top filter

6. Add the basic white rum.

7. Adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

Cold brew, the next hot thing!

Cold brew

The idea behind cold brew, is that the coffee is not only served cold, it also is prepared cold. Because no heat is used, the end product is sweeter and contains less bitterness and acidity which makes this extraction an invigorating and delicious refreshment. In addition, cold brew is, because of its low level in acidity, more tolerant for stomach and teeth.

A cold brew introduction

Cold brew is everyday in America and is now conquering Europe.
Everyone knows ice coffee (= hot espresso chilled on ice). Cold brew replaces the heat with time. More specifically, it may take 6 to 24 hours until cold brew is ready. The result makes waiting worthwhile.
The idea behind cold brew, is that the coffee is not only served cold, it also is prepared cold. Because no heat is used, the end product is sweeter and contains less bitterness and acidity which makes this extraction an invigorating and delicious refreshment. In addition, cold brew is, because of its low level in acidity, more tolerant for stomach and teeth.

The different flavors that are present in coffee beans make cold brew a fascinating drink for coffee geeks and baristas. No other coffee brewing method emphasizes the deepest flavors of chocolate, caramel, citrus, berries, and spicy notes. You can experiment with origins, grammage, extraction time and grind thickness until you find your perfect cold brew. The possibilities are truly called endless. In addition, cold brew can be stored for
days refrigerated and in a closed environment. I drink cold brew mainly out of a tumbler. Ideal during a long drive to work. I enjoy a nice cold brew, full of caffeine without falling asleep.

How to prepare cold brew?

Cold brew can be prepared in various ways. The best aromatic and flavored cold brew is achieved, drip by drip, by means of a cold drip. The simplest way is by means of a French Press or Toddy system.

Grind 50 g of (coarse) coffee . Put the ground coffee in the french press and add half a liter of water. Do you have a 1 L french press then double the normal amount. (no rocket science :). Stir well with a spoon so that all the ground coffee is mixed with the water. Allow the extraction to take place for 12 to 24 hours in a refrigerator. In order to allow a proper extraction, you can stir the coffee with a spoon after a few hours.
Once the ground coffee beans have done their job, just push the membrane of the press down and your Cold brew can be served.

How to drink cold brew?

Of course it all depends on personal taste. I like to drink cold brew with cane sugar sirup (monin), soy milk over ice. Others like it straight on the rocks or in a cocktail.
Experimenting is the message. Both with origins, level of grinding and extraction time.

Let me know your experience!
Kind regards, Dries

Craft your own gin, stylish and in the comfort of your home.

Craft your own gin

With The Lab Brewer you can transform a simple bottle of gin or vodka into an outstanding bottle of delicious homemade gin. Forget the costly distilling equipment or the purchase of expensive bolder tasting gins infused with interesting botanical combinations.

WELCOME TO THE BREWING COMMUNITY


Micro-breweries and craft distilleries are popping up like mushrooms. Artisan gin is big business. The DIY movement is a commercialized business with plenty home-brew wine and beer kits. Personalisation is key.
But still it is rare to find brewing kits to make your own spirits. The Lab Brewer does it all. Originally it was created to make cold brew coffee. But after the experiment with spirits and botanicals, this simple and pure piece of equipment created a second destination. A unique and delicious home-blend of your very own gin! I truly was beaten by surprise. The result was astonishing good. The beauty of making your own is that you can tailor the ingredients to match your favourite craft gin, one that is customised to your flavour profile and this for a fraction of the price.

All you need to do is pick your favourite botanicals; crush if distinct flavour is necessary; choose a basic quality gin and allow time and gravity to do the work. Drip by drip. In 4 hours you have your own infused gin without any illegal distilling equipment.
You can also try it with vodka. At the heart of it,  infused vodka is a valid type of gin if it also included Juniper Berries. The rest is entirely up to you, that’s the fun part. Do the experiment, and tweak it time after time, till you find your taste profile.


Gin & Botanicals

There aren’t many spirits that inspire such passionate opinions as gin does. The possibilities are endless. There are hundreds of botanicals and thousands of combinations.  This is an open recipe. Personaly I always use cardamom and love the spicy taste of pepper. Try also spices like  cinnamon to create a winter gin or coriander, lemon grass, chili pepper, orange peel and even liquorice to tackle the orange peel bitterness. Try it even with tea. Use jasmine, lavender and dried lemon peel. You’ll get nice surprises with nutmeg, cloves, anise, angelica seeds or Thai basil. Have fun, and if you found your favorite recipe, leave a comment below and let us know how what it turned out to be!

Who’s interested?

I believe this will be the perfect gift for a gin drinker or any cocktail enthusiast. If they like making cocktails, they’ll love making their own gin. Next to that, The Lab Brewer will be an eye catcher in your personal kitchen. Restaurants and bars will have the possibility to produce their home gin, a signature product appealing to each customer and increasing margins and thus profitability. And if you are looking for a fancy glass bottle to serve your gin or apothecary jars to store your botanicals, spices and aromatics, you don’t have to look further. You’ll find everything at MyLabStory.com

Remember, making something yourself has always been the best gift. Bring out the master brewer in you!

Gin With Fresh Melon – Heartland Gin

Heartland Gin

Summer gin made with cavaillon melon, cucumber, lavender and rose leafs.

Imagine yourself in the French provence. This slightly fruity gin is a treat for everyone. Refreshing and fruity, but not to sweet, floral notes of lavender and roses and spicy notes of cardemon.

INGREDIENTS

  • 25 grams melon (cavaillon)
  • 8 grams cucumber
  • 1 gram hibiscus
  • 0,1 gram orange sweet petals
  • 3 cloves cardamom
  • 1 gram coriander
  • 0,3 gram rose leaves
  • 0,1 gram lavender
  • 500 milliliters basic quality gin

RECIPE

1. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

2. Cut the melon in small cubes.

3. Cut 3 slices of cucumber in cubes and add together with the melon.

4. Measure the cardemom, rose leafs, lavender, orange blossom and coriander. Add to the mortar.

5. Crush the botanicals with a mortar and remove the cardamom shells.

6. Mix the crushed botanicals with the melon and cucumber.

7. Add all the ingredients to the V60 filter.

8. Cover the ingredients with a top filter

9. Add the basic gin.

10. Adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second.

11. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

12. Play Buena Vista Social Club on Sotify

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Strawberries forever!

Strawberries forever

“Sweet and fruity? Do you like strawberries? Then this recipe is made for you. The Lab Brewer does it all! Fruity and sweet. One for the girls and strawberry enthusiasts.”

Made with Vodka to allow you to define juniper flavour.

INGREDIENTS

  • 50 grams strawberries (30 gr if you prefer it less sweeter)
  • 3 gr juniper berries
  • 1,1 gr coriander
  • 2 pc cardamom
  • 0,1 gr rose leaves
  • 1,1 gr hibiscus
  • 0,1 gr orange sweet petals
  • 20 gr apple (small cubes)
  • 500 milliliters vodka (use basic gin if you like stronger gin flavour)

Autumn Gin with pear – Du Comice Gin

Du Comice Gin

After this pear gin with cinnamon cookie-like flavor, you will love Autumn even more. It will bring you back to your child hood. Slightly sweet with spiced flavors of cinnamon and vanilla. A gin that not only can be served as aperitif, but also as a drink after diner.

You will surprise your friends with this creation.

INGREDIENTS

  • 60 grams pear (Doyenne pear, soft and sweet)
  • 0,1 gram licorice
  • 1 sniff Vanilla powder 
  • 0,1 gr cinnamon
  • 1 clove
  • 1 gram orange peel
  • 500 ml basic quality Gin

RECIPE

1. Cut the pear in small cubes.

2. Remove the inside from the vanilla pod and mix with the pear cubes or add vanilla powder.

3. Add a pinch of cinnamon and licorice

4. Mix with the cubes.

5. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

6. Add 1 clove on the bottom.

7. Add the flavored pear cubes.

8. Tear the orange peel in small pieces and put them on top.

9. Cover the ingredients with a top filter.

10. Add Bankes London Dry Gin in the dripper. Or choose another basic quality gin.

11. Adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second.

12. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

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Sweet Flower Gin

Sweet Flower Gin

The world turns sweet with this rose gin! Enjoy the gift. 

This one is a special gin with subtle flavors of roses, cucumber and fresh agrum. It is a gin for women AND for men. Love it or hate it. It will be the talk of the evening.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 rose buds
  • 10 gr cucumber
  • 2 gr lemon zest or use dried lemon zest
  • 1,1 grams orange peel
  • 0,4 gram juniper berries (7 berries)
  • 0,2 gram camomile
  • 0,1 gram coriander
  • 0,1 gram lipton blue fruit
  • 500 milliliters basic quality Gin

RECIPE

1. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

2. Slightly crush the two rose buts and put them on the bottom of the filter.

3. Cut 3 fine slices of cucumber. Cut into thin strips. Put them on top of the roses.

4. Cut a lemon zest. Cut into thin strips. Put them top of on the cucumber.

5. Tear the dried orange peel in small pieces with your fingers and sprinkle on top of the lemon zests.

6. Slightly crush the camomile with your fingers and add them on top of the ingredients.

7. Add a pinch of Lipton blue fruit.

8. Slightly crush the coriander in a mortar. Put on top of the ingredients.

9. Slightly crush the juniper berries with your fingers and add them on top of the ingredients.

10 Cover the ingredients with a top filter

11. Add Bankes London Dry Gin in the dripper. Or choose another basic quality gin.

12. Adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second.

13. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

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Pink Bitterness Gin

Pink Bitterness Gin

There is sweetness in this bitter love.

If you like the soft bitter taste of pink grapefruit and fresh agrum. This is your gin! Soft and sweet hints of grapefruit and vanilla in the nose. A very fruity and soft gin with a fresh aftertouch.

INGREDIENTS

  • 14 g grapefruit (or less)
  • 0,2 g juniper berries (4 berries)
  • 0,1 g vanilla powder (or use vanilla pod)
  • 0,7 g dried orange peel
  • 0,1 g Liquorice
  • 0,2 g pink pepper
  • 2 pc cardamom
  • 0,2 g coriander
  • 500 ml basic quality Gin

RECIPE

1. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

2. Split the pulp of the grapefruit from the peel. Cut in cubes. Add to the filter

4. Slightly crush the coriander, cardamom and pink pepper in a mortar.

3. Add a pinch of vanilla powder and liquorice.

5. Add the botanicals on top of the grapefruit.

6. Slightly crush the juniper berries with your fingers and add them on top of the ingredients.

7. Tear the dried orange peel in small pieces with your fingers and sprinkle on top of the lemon zests.

8. Cover the ingredients with a top filter

9. Add the basic Gin and adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second.

110. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

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Spanish Fall Gin

Spanish Fall Gin

Mango, citrus and star anis in a starring role

Softly sweet, with notes of anise and spices. An unexpected and fine combination of mango, citrus and spices. This recipe is a keeper.

If preferred, you can also add some sliced cumquat to your recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 20 g mango
  • 0,1 g lemon zest or use dried lemon zest
  • 0,3 g orange peel (cumquat, 2 pc also possible)
  • 0,1 g thyme
  • 0,1 g cinnamon
  • 2 pc cardamom
  • 0,2 g coriander
  • 0,1 g almond
  • 0,1 g peppermint
  • 0,3 g camomile
  • 500 ml basic quality Gin

RECIPE

1. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

2. Put one seed of the star anise on the bottom.

3. Cut a ripe and soft mango in small cubes and put them on top.

4. Blend the cinnamon and almonds in small pieces. Sprinkle over the ingredients.

5. Crush the coriander, cardamom, camomile, dried peppermint and orange blossom in a mortar and add on top of the ingredients.

6. Cut the lemon zest in small strips and put them on top.

7. Tear the dried orange peel in small pieces with your fingers and sprinkle on top.

8. Cover the ingredients with a top filter

9. Add the basic gin.

10. Adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

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Pomegranate and star anise Gin – Fruit of Punica Gin

Is it bitter or is it sweet? You’ll never know until you’ve taken a sip… and then you’ll want more of it.

Soft flavours of anise, pomegranate and citrus and a sweet aftertaste. Even if you don’t like the taste of star anise. You will like this gin.

The aniseed flavor can be softened by adding the seed in the middle of the ingredients rather than on the bottom.

INGREDIENTS

  • 43 grams pomegranate
  • 1 star anise (use only one particle of the star)
  • 0,4 g lemon zest or use dried lemon zest
  • 0,1 g Liquorice
  • 1 g orange peel
  • 0,1 g coriander
  • 500 ml basic quality Gin

 

RECIPE

1. Cut the V60 filter up to the estimated height of the ingredients.

2. Break one seed of the star anise and put on the bottom of the filter.

3. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate and put the desired quantity in the filter.

4. Crush the coriander with a mortar and add a pinch of licorice and cover the pomegranate.

5. Cut the lemon zest in small strips and put them on top.

6. Tear the orange peel in small pieces and put them on top.

7. Cover the ingredients with a top filter.

8. Add Bankes London Dry Gin in the dripper. Or choose another basic quality gin.

9. Adjust dripping speed to 1 drip per second.

10. Allow time and gravity to do the work.

11. Read a good book!

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