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  1. Odin

    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Thanks for the kudo's, DonMateo. If anyone needs some help, please reach out to me either personally or via my "Odin on Gin" thread here on this ADI forum. Not sure I can provide all the answers, but for sure I will try. Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    iStill 2000 arrives at 52eighty Distilling: https://www.facebook.com/52eightydistilling/photos/a.240830673342350.1073741829.183941069031311/307106513381432/?type=3&theater Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Not sure. Please ask Jason via Jason@iStillmail.com, Still_Holler! Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    4-day iStill certified whiskey distilling workshop in Utah. From September 2 till 5. Interested? We still have a few places left. Reach out to Veronika@iStillMail.com!
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    New innovation: Dynamic Cuts Management! What is it? Advanced per second monitoring and management of vapor speeds, air resistance, and air pressure with the goal of helping the craft distiller to make perfect cuts time and again. How does it make distilling easier? DCM basically equips the iStill with the world’s best and most sophisticated digital master distiller. It helps make perfect cuts and makes the need to stabilize obsolete, shaving of one hour of the craft distiller’s working day. DCM applies to both potstill and pure distillation runs. Who can/should buy this? Any craft distiller ordering iStills should order DCM as well. Customers running 2018 MY iStills 100, 500, 2000, and 5000 should also all upgrade. Especially pot distillers! Pricing and availability? Dynamic Cuts Management is available on the iStill 100, 500, 2000, and 5000. On new units and retrofitable on existing 2018 MY iStills. This option costs EUR 2.000,- per unit. Impact? On a scale of 1 to 10? A 10, definitely. DCM marries the best spirit quality to the easiest and most efficient production operation. Per second digital monitored and optimized runs is something even Big Alcohol can only dream of …. Movie? Here we go: https://istillblog.com/2018/07/26/innovation-dynamic-cuts-managment/ Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    First of all congrats to all the iStill customers that participated at IWSC. 18 medals and counting! Feeling very proud! Then we also have a new innovation at hand: a potstill column! What is it? An iStill with a potstill column. A stainless steel U-tube acts as the lyne arm. The column cooler acts as its overall cooler. The product or after cooler is not needed in potstill set-up. How does it make distilling easier? The potstill column helps craft distillers that make taste rich products like whisk(e)y, rum, brandy and gin. It also helps craft distillers that are height restricted, since this set-up saves up to a meter in total system height. Who can/should buy this? Any craft distiller that wants to make taste rich product and/or is height restricted. Pricing and availability? Available on the iStill 100, 500, 2000, and 5000. This option is an addition to the existing fractionating column and robot. This means that when a customer orders the potstill column, he will also always get the fractionating column and the robot. It also means that retrofitting any nextgen iStill with the potstill column is entirely possible. This option costs EUR 1.500,- for the iStill 100, EUR 2.500,- for the iStill 500, and EUR 3.500,- for the iStills 2000 and 5000. Movie? Here we go:
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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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    Odin on Gin

    Joe McGirr, congrats on your Boatyard Distillery winning two silver and one gold medal at IWSC as well! Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    And congrats to Meanie Distilling, Schouten Distilling, Oakvilla Distillery as well, for winning medals at IWSC! Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    Craig Innes in the iStill University Network: Absolutely delighted to have received an IWSC Silver medal for Devil’s Staircase and an IWSC Bronze Medal for Gin & Tonic! Congratulations also to all you other i-stillers who made the cut this year! https://iwsc.net/result/search. To receive such an accolade within a few months of our launch is incredible!
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    New glass column segments for all of our stills: Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    An interview with Hvorje and Tomislav, pilots and distillers, that spearhead the gin revolution in Croatia! https://istillblog.com/2018/07/18/duh-u-boci-distillery-zagreb-croatia/ Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    iStill Keynote 2018/1: https://istill.eu/keynote2k18 Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Building another iStill 5000. And next month we'll be building two more! More news? Yes! In just six hours from now, we'll release the iStill Keynote 2018/1. We'll be introducing no less than 8 innovations to make distilling easier. If you want to be kept in the loop, please see: https://istill.eu/istillkeynote Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    First iStill Mini on its way to the USA!
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    Odin on Gin

    Bart Joosten, owner and master distiller at Eaglesburn Distillery, congrats on winning two more gold medals for your great gin! Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Another iStill for Scotland!
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Wilco at Vossenberg Distillery makes whisky on the iStill 100!
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    Odin on Gin

    Verdant Spirits, proud winner of the Best Scottish Spirits Award and iStill customer, is building a visitors experience center! Congrats, Andrew MacKenzie, owner and distiller! For the article and a nice movie, see: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/682719/verdant-spirits-wins-approval-to-open-visitor-centre-at-dundee-gin-distillery/
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    Odin on Gin

    Two more medals for one of our gin customers. Congrats Boatyard! Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Here are a few pictures of the new iStill 5000 we are currently building for Minhas Distilling, Canada! Production is ready. Assembly is next. After that? Testing and then transport. The unit will be on its way in about a week and a half from now! Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    We are shipping an iStill 2000 eX to Japan! https://istillblog.com/2018/07/03/big-in-japan/ Regards, Odin.
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    Odin on Gin

    The Wrecking Coast Distillery launches a new gin! https://ginadingding.com/2018/07/01/the-wrecking-coast-scurvy-gin/ Regards, Odin.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Online and personal. Podcast and online stuff combined.
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    Odin on Gin

    Another success for an iStill customer. Congrats Craig! Regards, Odin.
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