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  1. Odin

    What ever happened to iStill?

    Hi Jeff, We don't know yet. Still designing and upgrading some things. Will let you know when all is done. Thanks for asking. Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Congrats to NC's biggest grain to glass distillery, Graybeard Distillery, for winning gold with Bedlam Vodka at the SF international spirits competition! Proud that you are running iStills 2000 and 5000! https://www.facebook.com/bedlamvodka/videos/1800323986692528/UzpfSTYyMjE3MzA4MTE1NzAxNzoyMTE1NzE5MDg4NDY5MDY4/ Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Congrats James on winning Best Australian Distillery two years in a row. Very proud to have you as our customer! http://echonewspaper.com.au/old-youngs-distillery-the-best/ Regards, Odin
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    Odin on Gin

    Here's some more gin magic. Here's where we don't just change the color of the gin, but also make it fizzle: https://istillblog.com/2018/04/13/more-friday-gin-magic/ Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    Introduction Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to help dozens and dozens of craft distillers with developing and designing their gins. I want to use this thread to help lay out some of the basic guidelines I learned, that make the production of great gin quite easy and straight forward. Over the coming days (and depending on comments and my time in the factory) or weeks, I want to get most of the information (if not all) that we give on our gin making courses across. Now, gin making has a wide set of variables. And a lot of people adhere to certain approaches. If ever you feel my approaches or opinions to be contrary to yours, let's turn this thread into a discussion, not a battle ground. I for one will not. Just sharing info, not trying to convince anyone. Use the info or not. It's here (or it will be) and I will share it so you can use it. A few things on gin. Basically, let's dive into procedures, herbs bills, distillation techniques. But I want to start with a general outline on taste. Just to make or introduce a starting point. When I make whiskey, I find the late heads, smearing into hearts, to be fruity. Front of mouth oriented. You taste them first and you taste them on your lips and the front of your tongue. The body, the grain, comes over after that. Hearts. Middle mouth feeling. Early tails, that smear into the last portion of hearts, have a nutty, root-like taste (if you give them time to develop) and are tasted at the back of your mouth towards the throat. Now, in my experience, the same holds true for a gin: it's the fruity bits that come over first, then the body, then the root-like, nutty flavors. So if you want to make a floral gin ... don't add root-like, nutty things to your gin recipe. And cut a bit earlier. If you want a full-bodied gin that lingers in your mouth and can be consumed neat ... do add those nutty, root-like components. And cut a bit later, since these tastes come over during the last part of the run. Okay, that was the introductionary post. More on herbs bills and aging gin and procedures in future posts! Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Finishing another 4-day workshop of training craft distillers in the noble arts of creating whisky, rum, gin, and vodka! https://istillblog.com/2018/04/12/meanwhile-at-the-istill-university-2/ Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Here's a picture of Arjan picking up his new iStill 500 for the "Pronckheer Distillery" in Cothen, the Netherlands.
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    Odin on Gin

    Wanna see some iStill Gin Magic? Check out the movie in the link underneath: https://istillblog.com/2018/04/06/friday-gin-day-gin-magic/ We'll teach how to do this during the Jersey City Advanced Gin School! Regards, Odin.
  9. Odin

    What ever happened to iStill?

    I think we never finished it! Thanks for helping me remember. I'll pick up on it later this month and let you guys know when it is done! Regards, Odin.
  10. Odin

    What ever happened to iStill?

    New World Distillery upgraded to the iStill 2000 NextGen: https://www.facebook.com/newworlddistillery/photos/pcb.2043714995895945/2043710612563050/?type=3&theater Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    Congrats Jon, on winning another medal with your Canterbury Gin! Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Testing the new i5. Still in development. Goal is to make an iStill that can be used as a lab size product development kit. We have found that the normal lab ware does not get to the exact taste profile the bigger units give us, hence this new really small still. It can hold up to 1 1/2 gallon. First indications is it makes a very good drop indeed. Today we tested its 190 proof capabilities and they are fully there! Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    All right, lots of organizing is done. Here it is: the program, our approach, where & when, and costs: https://istillblog.com/2018/04/03/advanced-gin-school-in-the-usa/ Regards, Odin.
  14. Odin

    What ever happened to iStill?

    New manhole to the 26 gallon iStill 100 ...
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Does #iStill help Portland to go Dutch? https://istillblog.com/2018/04/01/is-portland-going-dutch/
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Here's a time lapse movie of us assembling the i2000 at the ADI Convention in Portland: https://istillblog.com/2018/03/31/new-istill-movie-its-as-easy-as-that/ Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    We are having fun at the ADI convention! Meeting loads of new people and having a great time! Yesterday we took our newest customers to the traditional iStill Beer & Burger Event. Here are some pictures. Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    We are still working on the pricing, Proof. The reason I do not know yet, is that we are considering a few things. Like bringing over an additional world class gin maker from the UK. And we are even considering bringing a lab gin still for everyone. To do the gin recipe development on and to take back to your distillery later for possible future experiments. That kit is still in development, but it would be awesome to work with. Column, potstill, reflux still and extractor in one machine. Only a few liters big, but amazingly versatile as a kit to develop ANY future product in. Not just for gin! A hole laboratory set-up in just one piece of equipment. See picture underneath for a the prototype we are building right now. Also, we didn't decide yet on how many people we'll allow in. What are your guys ideas on this? Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    Okay, thank you very much for your feedback. We are going to make this happen. More info soon. We are aiming at the first week of June and looking at New Jersey: Corgi Distilling. Owner and distiller Bob Hageman makes amazing gins, has a great tasting room and loves to host us. Remember, this is going to be much more than a gin school! The goal is to do your personal gin recipe formulation, so that by the time the workshop is done, you'll know all there is to making amazing gin ... and you'll have your personal recipe ready to launch into production. We'll dive into: - Odins Theory of Distillation; - Recipe formulation; - How distillation can help you harvest the tastes you are looking for; - Methods of flavor extractions (pros and cons); - Taste evaluation: The Objective Taste Model; - Still design and gin: how your specific still needs to be set-up to maximize results; - And so much more. And we'll do gin runs, make extracts, essences and a whole lot more, while working in small groups of 2 to 3 to push not only your knowledge but also your experience in gin making forward. I am very excited about all this! Regards, Odin.
  20. Odin

    What ever happened to iStill?

    Guess what country iStill is in? Regards, Odin.
  21. Odin

    Odin on Gin

    How about ... how about we do a 4-day gin workshop in the USA? You come in with ideas, we train you, we make extracts, concentrates and then translate your ideas to an actual recipe? Next step is that we run that recipe, all the students taste it and give feedback ... and we run it again maybe with a few last tweaks to make it gin perfect? You basically walk in with the wish to make a great gin. Four days later you walk out with the actual recipe, herbs bill, and distilling procedure to make that gin in your own craft distillery? Let me know if that would be of interest to you! Sales@iStillmail.com. If this is helping you, we'll organize it! Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    Congrats Jon! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155168259510474&set=gm.351583615357837&type=3&theater
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    We still have a few places left at the 4-day craft distilling workshop at Napa Valley Distillery. March 19th till 22nd. We'll dive into distilling, mashing, fermenting and barrel aging. We'll make rye whiskey, brandy and vodka. We'll work with a traditional copper alembic and an iStill 2000. For more information, reach out to jason@iStillmail.com. Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    A picture of Odin meeting up with Gary from Wood Hat Spirits!
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Things are going great! Just closed deals of delivering 3 more iStills to the USA. And we have 12 more leads that I expect to convert into customers pretty soon. I am currently in Pittsburgh, PA, and flying to Boston this evening. The iStill 2000 (our 530 galon net masher/fermenter/distiller) is all packed for ADI's Convention in Portland, OR, where we have the biggest still (probably) and the biggest booth (definately) to welcome all of you that want to see the iStill or meet up with me or the team. Apart from taking the iStill 2000 with us, we'll come with a crew of 6 and maybe a few more. We'll have bottles of gin, whiskey, vodka and tequila with us for you to try. And some new make spirit and some new make that we speed aged in the iStill with wood chunks. We'll do a beer and burger event on one of the evenings. If you want to sign up for that, please let us know when you visit our stand. The goal of flying to Boston is to check out some real estate for our future North American HQ. With distillery, showroom and educational facility. Very exciting stuff After Boston, I'll take a week of. Vacation in Florida together with my daughter. Amelia Island, near Jacksonville. Anyone out there that I could meet up with? Napa Valley is next, where I will give a 4-day workshop. And then ADI Conventionin Portland! looking forward to seeing you all soon! Regards, Odin.
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