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    Selling Alcohol (Licences and all)


    Hi all

    I make my own limoncello (among some other variants).

    However, I would like to start selling it.

    To do this I gather I need some sort of licence to buy distillate (93-96% wine) in bulk (10-20litres at a time)
    I also need to get a license to sell it.

    Has anyone gone through this exact process and can provide guidance? What forms, costs etc etc
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    I'm subscribing here, because I hope to be going through the same motion sometime soon (although for a different product).

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    Hi there,

    You could make your own spirit ? Where do you buy 10/20l ? Is it graded for consumption? I've heard some scary stories about what goes into cheap spirit and people reselling this to Joe public unawares of the content.

    Heaps of paperwork and costs involved to sell alcohol, jakeslouw on here has gone through the process.

    How long do you age for, do you do a syryp zest or backsweeten after fresh citrus,

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    I used to buy from a place in Woodstock who now makes their own gin but they wonít sell to me anymore without a license.

    I donít really have the equipment to do my own distilling.

    Recipe is essentially a combination of both

    I make lime and naartjie variants.


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    There's a bloke that does contract distilling in Kommetjie, you could give him a ring ? https://www.deepsouthdistillery.co.z...ct-distilling/ He also recently-ish started up and went through the licensing aspect - pleasant fellow, I'm sure he'll give you some pointers

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    Quote Originally Posted by groenspookasem View Post
    There's a bloke that does contract distilling in Kommetjie, you could give him a ring ? https://www.deepsouthdistillery.co.z...ct-distilling/ He also recently-ish started up and went through the licensing aspect - pleasant fellow, I'm sure he'll give you some pointers
    Thatís some good info!! Thanks.


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    You need at least a distribution license to resell alcohol. You don't need a license to buy it. The license always reverts to the seller or distributor or producer.

    I'd find a supplier of base ethanol. There are enough distilleries in the Western Cape that this shouldn't be an issue.

    By the time they have 90%+ base ethanol, there is virtually no methanol or even trace minerals left.

    Use an alcohol hydrometer to reduce your base to around 50% using your choice of either distilled water (I personally don't see the point) or I'd just use spring water from the outlet at the Newlands brewery or the good spring water supplier of choice.

    Then you can add your lemon peels and other aromatics.

    We make an orangecello that way: orange peels (no pith!) into 50% triple distilled brewshine. Leave it for a month then drain into bottles.

    Approach one of the local distillers, they all have legal contacts for their licenses. Use a professional, pay the money.



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    Quote Originally Posted by groenspookasem View Post
    There's a bloke that does contract distilling in Kommetjie, you could give him a ring ? https://www.deepsouthdistillery.co.z...ct-distilling/ He also recently-ish started up and went through the licensing aspect - pleasant fellow, I'm sure he'll give you some pointers
    yep, good advice
    most guys are willing to share info and will also distill under contract or supply

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