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Our homemade "Obstler"

(alcoholic drink made out of fruits with about 40 vol.-% alcohol) 


Already in the ancient age alcohol was distilled to produce medicine. The art of distillation has been brought to Europe by the Moors, where monks established it. Its origins are legendary, even mystic.

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof

Distillation license of the Holiday Village Ponyhof

The so called Hinterjudendorfbauern (today’s Ponyhof) obtained the distillation license in 1948. It allows distilling 50 liters Obstler per year out of fruits cultivated on the grounds of the Ponyhof.

 

Distillation of Obstler

The most important ingredients of our Obstler are our fruits: apples, plums and cherries. Our wholefood fruits are chopped into pieces and stored for two months into airtight barrels. At the end of this fermentation process the mash consists mainly out of water and squeezed fruits. Now it has already about 3 to 8 vol.-% alcohol.

 

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
filling-up
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
the mash

During the distillation the different boiling points of water (100 °C) and alcohol (78 °C) play important roles. While heating the mash the aromatic alcohol is gathered and other components of minor value are left behind.

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
heating-up
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
the boiler

The evaporated alcohol and aromas are led to a cattle made out of copper, passing the so called "Geistrohr" which leads to the cooler. At this place the steam of alcohol is mixed with cool water and the mash becomes "Rauhbrand" (25-35 vol.-%).
 

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
the first distillation
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
gets
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
the
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
"Rauhbrand"

After this first distillation process a second one has to filter the early evaporating, unwanted substances out of the "Rauhbrand" to produce a "Feinbrand" of high quality:

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
well cleaning
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
filling-up "Rauhbrand"
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
sealing with care
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
checking the temperature
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
catching the "Vorschuss"

During this second distillation the "Mittelbrand" with about 70-80 vol.-% is produced. The level of alcohol drops during this process slowly. The "Mittelbrand" becomes "Feinbrand" at 45 vol.-%, which is indicated with the help of an instrument called "Aräometer".
 

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
the "Mittelbrand"
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
becomes
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
"Feinbrand"
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
an aräometer

To generate "Feinbrand" it is necessary to add our spring water. This step is a difficult procedure because the Obstler must have the right amount of aromas – too much water would ruin the taste.
 

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
"obstler"-tasting:
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
Is it
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
the real
Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
Ponyhof-Obstler?

Adding spring water leads to tiny oil drops which make the spirit look milky. It does not influence the quality but because "Obstler" is a transparent drink, it has to be filtered before it can be filled into the final bottles.
 

Ponyhof-Obstler vom Feriendorf Ponyhof
Ponyhof-Obstler

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