mitchabate

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About mitchabate

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    Centennial, Colorado
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    Distiller of Gin, Rums, Vodkas and Whiskies
  1. Downslope Distilling and Mile Hi as partnered up to bring you the best classes available for small startup micro distilleries or just learn the fascinating art of distilling. One Day Intensive Wash Production and Distillation Technique Workshop Two-day introductory course covers the beginnings of commercial distilling logistics from building codes to regulations through sales and distribution, which is followed by a hands-on workshop that covers commercial production from top to bottom. For More Information: http://www.milehidistilling.com/distilling-classes-and-workshops/ or http://www.downslopedistilling.com/distillery-school/ Call 303-478-0228
  2. Distillery School 2014 January 11-12 February 8-9 March 8-9 At the distillery in Centennial, Colorado The two day classes will start at 9:00 AM MST and will cover: Distilling Vodka, Rum and Whiskey, Mashing, Gauging, Blending, Spirit Aging and other topics you wish to discuss. To register: please emailMitchabate@aim.com Once registered we will ask you to send a check for $400 or call to arrange payment by Visa, Mastercard or American Express Checks can be made out to 
Downslope Distilling, Inc., 6770 South Dawson Circle, Suite 400, Centennial, CO 80112 Or call 303-693-4300 to charge by phone The course covers two days of in-depth hands on workshop covering materials thru finished product. Distillation on pot and column stills, sensory training and facilities and business issues for those interested in commercial operations. 

Below is an outline of topics that will be covered:
  3. Looking for a referral for an engineer, architect or other design professional with expertise in code issues in California. If anyone has experience with such a person please contact me at andy@downslopedistilling.com
  4. 2012 Distillery School at Downslope Distilling in Centennial, Colorado Distilling classes will be held on July 21-22 and August 11-12, 2012 We will continue to offer classes every month during 2012 We have had over 300 people attend our workshop from 30 US States and Canada http://www.downslopedistilling.com The two day classes will start at 9:00 AM MST and will cover: Distilling Vodka, Rum and Whiskey, Mashing, Gauging, Blending, Water Quality, Spirit Ageing and other topics you wish to discus. Once registered we will ask you to send a check for $350 to: Downslope Distilling, Inc. , 6770 South Dawson Cr., Ste. 400, Centennial, CO 80112 or call 303-693-4300 to charge by phone with Visa, Mastercard or American Express We are in the process of offering our ADVANCED CLASSES. These classes will be open to 4-5 people. The classes will cover MASHING/ENZYMES and all aspects of Distilling. The classes will be held on Fri to Sun and will be 9-10 hours/day. We will be mashing and distilling; .Please contact mitch@downslopedistilling.com Finally we are in the process of setting up a consulting firm which will help startups in every aspect of the business. Please contact mitch@downslopedistilling.com or call me direct at 303-693-4300
  5. DISTILLERY SCHOOL BY DOWNSLOPE DISTILLING IN CENTENNIAL , COLORADO THE NEXT AVAILABLE CLASSES WIL BE ON October 8-9, 2011 THE TWO DAY CLASSES WILL COVER DISTILLING VODKA, RUM AND WHISKEY, MASHING, GAUGING, BLENDING, WATER QUALITY AND OTHER TOPICS YOU WISH TO COVER. TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL: MITCH@DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM ONCE REGISTERED WE WILL ASK YOU TO SEND A CHECK FOR $300 TO: DOWNSLOPE DISTILLING INC. 6770 S. DAWSON CR., Ste. 400, CENTENNIAL, CO 80112 OR CALL 303-693-4300 TO CHARGE BY PHONE PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFO: WWW.DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM WE PLAN ON HAVING CLASSES EVERY MONTH DURING 2011.
  6. We at Downslope Distilling offer a two day class in Denver, Colorado - We have had 3 classes to date and everyone has been happy with our hands on approach. Please go to www.downslopedistiliing.com for more info. The workshop is two days at a cost of $250 (includes materials).
  7. Distillery School at Downslope Distilling in Centennial, Colorado Distilling classes will be held on May 21-22, 2011 and June 18-19, 2011 The two day classes will start at 9:00 AM MST and will cover: Distilling Vodka, Rum and Whiskey, Mashing, Gauging, Blending, Water Quality, Spirit Ageing and other topics you wish to discuss. To register: please email: MITCH@DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM Once registered we will ask you to send a check for $250 to: Downslope Distilling, Inc. , 6770 South Dawson Cr., Ste. 400, Centennial, CO 80112 Or call 303-693-4300 to charge by phone Please visit our website at www.downslopedistilling.com for course outline We plan on having classes every month during 2011
  8. Distillery School at Downslope Distilling in Centennial, Colorado Distilling classes will be held on May 21-22, 2011 and June 18-19, 2011 The two day classes will start at 9:00 AM MST and will cover: Distilling Vodka, Rum and Whiskey, Mashing, Gauging, Blending, Water Quality, Spirit Ageing and other topics you wish to discuss. To register: please email: MITCH@DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM Once registered we will ask you to send a check for $250 to: Downslope Distilling, Inc. , 6770 South Dawson Cr., Ste. 400, Centennial, CO 80112 Or call 303-693-4300 to charge by phone Please visit our website at www.downslopedistilling.com for course outline We plan on having classes every month during 2011
  9. DISTILLERY SCHOOL BY DOWNSLOPE DISTILLING IN CENTENNIAL , COLORADO THE NEXT AVAILABLE CLASSES WIL BE ON MARCH 19-20 AND APRIL 16-17, 2011 THE TWO DAY CLASSES WILL COVER DISTILLING VODKA, RUM AND WHISKEY, MASHING, GAUGING, BLENDING, WATER QUALITY AND OTHER TOPICS YOU WISH TO COVER. TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL: MITCH@DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM ONCE REGISTERED WE WILL ASK YOU TO SEND A CHECK FOR $250 TO: DOWNSLOPE DISTILLING INC. 6770 S. DAWSON CR., Ste. 400, CENTENNIAL, CO 80112 OR CALL 303-693-4300 TO CHARGE BY PHONE PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFO: WWW.DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM WE PLAN ON HAVING CLASSES EVERY MONTH DURING 2011.
  10. DISTILLERY SCHOOL BY DOWNSLOPE DISTILLING IN CENTENNIAL , COLORADO THE NEXT AVAILABLE CLASSES WIL BE ON October 8-9, 2011 THE TWO DAY CLASSES WILL COVER DISTILLING VODKA, RUM AND WHISKEY, MASHING, GAUGING, BLENDING, WATER QUALITY AND OTHER TOPICS YOU WISH TO COVER. TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL: MITCH@DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM ONCE REGISTERED WE WILL ASK YOU TO SEND A CHECK FOR $300 TO: DOWNSLOPE DISTILLING INC. 6770 S. DAWSON CR., Ste. 400, CENTENNIAL, CO 80112 OR CALL 303-693-4300 TO CHARGE BY PHONE PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFO: WWW.DOWNSLOPEDISTILLING.COM WE PLAN ON HAVING CLASSES EVERY MONTH DURING 2011.
  11. Ralph is a very important figure in the micro-distilling movement. I wish and pray for a speedy recovery. His words and wisdom have helped in our distillery's development. Downslope Distilling, Inc.
  12. Just because he has mentioned a few micro-whiskies does not take away from my main point. He has NOT supported the small guys. Read his blog - 90% plus about the big guys - get your facts straight -
  13. Due to the overwhelming demand for our Distilling Classes were are offering two day classes on March 19-20, 2011 and April 16-17, 2011. The cost for the two day weekend class will be $250 which will include a reference CD. This is a hands on class which will include working with pot and packed column stills. The address of the distillery is: Downslope Distilling,Inc., 6770 South Dawson Circle., Ste. 400, Centennial, CO 80112 Please send a check to the distillery to reserve your spot or call 303-693-4300 and use your charge card. If you have any questions please contact: mitch@downslopedistilling.com General Outline for the Class A. Water Quality 1. Type of water to make spirits (whiskey, etc.) 2. Total Dissolved Solids 3. Iron content 4. Types of Tests 5. Types of Filters 6. pH adjustment for malts/enzymes B. Mashes/Washes 1. Grain mashes - step infusions using enzymes 2. Sugar washes enzymes 3. Record keeping Beer Smith Excel Spread Sheets C. Fermentation 1. Grain washes nutrient yeasts 2. Sugar washes more nutrients needed yeasts 3. Temperature and Time Frameworks D. Distillation 1. Types of stills Pot Column/Bubble Plates Packed Column 2. Types of Runs Beer Stripping Whiskey/Rum Vs Vodka Runs 3. Whiskey Runs Heads Mids Tails 4. Gin/Botanical Runs E. Filtration Polishing Spirits 1. Vodka filtration 100-110 proof 2. Rum filtration 100-110 proof flow rates aged vs unaged F. Infusion of Vodkas 1. Vanilla Rum infusions 2. Pepper Vodka Infusions 3. Misc. Infusions G. Aging 1. Types of barrels wine vs whiskey 2. Characteristics of barrels types of oak thickness size surface area 3. Aging time related to size of barrel 4. Enhanced aging techniques aeration and oak spirals H. Bottling and Packaging 1. Bottling/Label Supplies, etc 2. Types of Bottle Fillers 3. Filter sizes and effect on flavors I. Tasting/Flavor Profiles 1. Vodka Tastings/Profiles 2. Rum Tastings/Profile unaged and various aged 3. Whiskey Tastings/Profiles
  14. Please ignore most of Cowery's comments. He has never been a fan of micro-distilleries or their products. Anyone who thinks that any of Jim Beam's products are good is lacking in good sense. They age their whiskey in barrels standing up. Has anyone noticed that Maker's Mark has declined in flavor since they have changed distillers a number of times. Two of Makers Mark's former distillers are making whiskey - at a micro-ditillery - Whisle Pig (Rye Whiskey) - which is a GREAT whiskey and Wyoming Whiskey - which will be ready in a year or so. Both of these whiskies will be much better than most of the standard products. Our firm, Downslope Distlling is currently making whiskies which are not designed to taste like the big boys..They are designed for a specific purpose such as mixing in a cocktail. We have other whiskies which are aging and will be released when ready - we do not believe that all whiskies have to be 4 years of age to be considered viable. I have had single malt whiskies from India that were aged for only 2 years that were amazing. I suggest that all of us should taste more of the micro-distillery whiskies and ignore Mr. Cowery's comments (who always supports the big boys).