Distilling - distillery fermentations, product development

Research projects this year will cover distillery fermentations including a series of projects for Muckle Brig/Port of Leith Distillery (mainly influence of yeast strains), Lindores Abbey and Matugga Rum. Other distilling projects include production of a fruit spirit and bitters in collaboration with Gordon Castle, production of sugar beet "rum" and product development for several other distilleries (gin, aqua vitae...). The influence of a growth promotor on distilling fermentations is also an area for investigation in collaboration with a company called Lytegro.

A series of projects surrounding distillation behaviour of botanicals is also planned working with Jan Hodel (The Three Stills Distillery).

2018 projects included:
Development of a flavoured and fruity Gin recipe for ‘Lanark Gin Ltd.’
"Characterisation of botanical compounds in gin produced with whey spirit and wheat spirit"
Producing a potable spirit from Sugar Beet
Tobermory Gin – Recipe Development and Investigations into the use of a native botanical, Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Heroes Flavoured Vodka
A comparison of the effects of ABV during vapour-infusion and maceration on the extraction of key flavour components of Juniperus communis.
The influence of speciality malts on new make spirit
The effect of distillation method on optimal extraction from bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and sheep’s sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Ethanol production using pomegranate (Punica granatum) molasses and blackstrap molasses from sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum) as a substrate.
Tobermory Gin and the Examination of Volatile Aromatic Compounds in Pepper Dulse (Osmundea Pinnatifida)
Creating Botanical Tinctures for Pixel Spirits
Best Laid Plans: The Threats to Opening a Whisky Distillery in the Remote Scottish Highlands.
Identifying consumers’ preferences for cowberry flavoured and bilberry flavoured distillates and supercritical CO2 extracts utilizing paired-comparison and paired-preference sensory tests.
Understanding the Impact of Rare Gin Botanicals; Cloves, Pepper Dulse and Gorse Flower
Impact of distillation method on Yuzu (Citrus junos) single distillate and Yuzu Gin
Juniper and the solubility of the chemical compounds in ethanol water mixture and in different conditions
Edinburgh Preserves: A Journey through Gin

Supervisor name: 
Dr Annie Hill
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Project location: 
JM G18.
Business hours: weekdays 8am-5.30pm.
Deputy name: 
Matthew Pauley