COOK UP YOUR OWN WHISKEY BUYS FOR YOUR BLOCK

Easy to han­dle mini Here­fords

NZ Lifestyle Block - - DIY FOOD -

THIS IS THE Alem­bics NZ tra­di­tional crofter’s whiskey still, suit­able for mak­ing all dis­tilled spir­its, but es­pe­cially whiskey made from corn, grain and sour mashes.

It’s based on the same de­sign prin­ci­ples em­ployed for cen­turies by many of the fa­mous Scot­tish dis­til­leries, and sim­i­lar to those used in homes af­ter pro­hi­bi­tion laws were passed in the late 1700s.

The small ball-like onion dome, the tall, pointed cone and the straight, but slightly slop­ing arm are de­signed to pro­duce a stronger, more re­fined spirit due to the re­flux ac­tion that re­sults.

Cop­per stills are used ex­clu­sively in mak­ing pre­mium whiskies as the in­her­ent qual­i­ties of the metal re­moves un­wanted sul­phites from the wash and pro­duces a sweet, fresh, clean tast­ing dis­til­la­tion, un­like stain­less steel which can pro­duce an un­pleas­ant taste and aroma.

SMALLER CAT­TLE FOR SMALL FARMS

WHEN YOU’RE LOOK­ING for suit­able stock for your prop­erty, con­sider Minia­ture Here­fords.

These are pure­bred Here­fords, nat­u­rally bred to be a smaller, chunkier pack­age, at just over half the size of a stan­dard Here­ford. For life­style farm­ers, they are easy to han­dle, very docile and great feed con­vert­ers.

Minia­ture Here­fords have a breed­ers’ group which was set up in 2004 af­ter they were in­tro­duced into New Zealand. The NZ Minia­ture Here­ford Breed­ers Group is part of the NZ Here­ford As­so­ci­a­tion, and a reg­is­tered Minia­ture Here­ford breeder can help you with all the in­for­ma­tion you re­quire, in­clud­ing shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences and rea­sons for choos­ing and lov­ing ‘minis’.

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