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rockyrutter posted a topic in BeginnersHi everyone! Rockwell Rutter here from Distillery University; I wanted to let everyone know about our new 3-day Workshop at 3 Howls Distillery in Seattle, WA (October 26-28) This Workshop allows you to actually take control of a professional-grade reflux still and produce your own batch of spirits under the supervision of award-winning distillers. We'll also have lots of classroom time to learn from various experts and get all your questions answered. All students also receive a FREE Lifetime Membership to our online classes (currently at over 47 hours of content and a $499 value). If you're looking to get ACTUAL hands-on experience, this is the Workshop for you. We'll have a mash already made up for you, so all you have to focus on is getting your spirits to come out just right. After your spirits run is complete, you'll then be shown how to blend with distilled water in order to get the strength and flavor profile you're looking for. From there, you'll bottle your finished spirit and take it home with you! Topics to be covered in the hands-on portion of the class are: Mashing Grain choice Temperatures Fermentation Choosing the base product Yeast choice Vessel choice Distillation Making the cuts Temperature choice Equipment design/performance Still performance For the classroom portion of the Workshop, industry expert Todd Buckley covers: Welcome to the Beverage Alcohol Industry History of Distilling in America Regulation Highlights to Distill in the US The Competitive Landscape of Spirits in the US Introduction to Biology: Fermentation Grains, Fruits and Yeast Yeast Strains Introduction to Chemistry: Alcohol Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropanol Organic Acids Ethylene and Ethyl Ether Esters Filtration Vodka distillation Properly Using a Hydrometer Substrate Choices Achieving 190 proof Bottling Brandy Distillation Fruit Choices Achieving 160 proof Filtration Proofing Botanicals Blending for Gin Botanical Choices Maceration, Decoction and Infusion Brewing Skill for Whiskey Distillation and Aging Substrate Choices Fermentation Distillation Techniques Aging Introduction to Physics: Distillation Heating, Reflux and Condensation Still Design Weight, Volume and Temperature If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me any time by phone or email. Also, here is a link to the informational page on our website, where you can view pricing and registration info (https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/). Have a great day! Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 email@example.com
rockyrutter posted a topic in BeginnersFor the first time ever, Distillery University is going on the road! This April we hope you'll join us at the award-winning 3 Howls Distillery in Seattle, WA for three days of distilling education and fun. https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/ Director of Education Todd Buckley is well-known for the award-winning gin he made at the Belletown Distillery. In 2014, his hand-crafted spirit scored a 94 from the Beverage Tasting Institute, beating out such notable gins as Beefeater, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. He'll be sharing his experiential secrets as well as his technical knowledge in this 3-day Workshop that is not to be missed. The entire Workshop will be held at the 3 Howls Distillery in Downtown Seattle, WA. Students will get a chance to learn directly from Will Maschmeier, the distillery's founder and an award-winning distilling expert. For a detailed look at the topics we'll be covering, please visit our website. Students will have several out of class experiences to take advantage of, including: Sensory evaluations of 7 spirits at a nearby restaurant After hours drinks and networking at local watering holes Our camera crew will also be on-site to capture the entire Workshop on film. Later on, this footage will be edited together and posted online at DistilleryUniversity.com. All Workshop attendees will be given a Lifetime Access pass (a $499 value!) to the site, so you'll be able to refer back to every part of the 3-day Workshop whenever you need to, as well as the 47 hours of current footage from other Workshops. All attendees will also be given a Certificate of Membership to Distillery University, suitable for framing. Space is limited, so sign up today. You'll find hotel information on our website (including discounts). Early registration discounts expire soon; don't miss out! https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/ If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to contact me personally by phone or email. Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 firstname.lastname@example.org
rockyrutter posted a topic in BeginnersHi everyone! Rockwell Rutter from Distillery University here. I wanted to give everyone an update on our Hands-on Workshop coming June 20-24 in Spokane, WA. The March Workshop was an absolute success; we had folks come in from all 4 corners of the country to participate in the 5-day event and everyone left with a smile and new energy for their distillery project. In addition to the classwork and the actual hands-on learning at Tinbender Craft Distillery, we also organized a few after-hours events for people to enjoy. We toured Spokane Industries (tank manufacturer) and held several group dinners and tasting events at local bars and restaurants. There were also a few surprise gifts for everyone (that I won't reveal here), except for one. In addition to the recorded footage of the entire Workshop now available through their account on DistilleryUniversity.com, and the accompanying Powerpoint presentations, attendees were also gifted an EXTENSIVE Business Plan Formulation tool. This software tool will help them with forecasting, expense planning, batch costing, and a host of other business plan requirements as they move closer to starting their distilleries. Now that the Workshop is over, we're gearing up for the next one this June. The Early Registration discount ends on 5/22, so don't miss your chance to save $500. Every registration comes with a free Lifetime Access membership to the online content, so you'll have the benefit viewing the Workshop you attended, as well as the 37 hours of other content that's currently available. We'd love to have you join us next month. Here's a link to learn more: https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/. And here's a link to a short (one-minute) video showcasing some of the actual hands-on learning: https://vimeo.com/163875286 Here's what a few attendees had to say: “I congratulate the team at Distilling University for the training workshop they have organized. The workshop included a good mix of seminar and on-site education, highlighted by our visit of an equipment manufacturer and local distillery. Furthermore, I made great friends and professional contacts in the group with which i am still keeping in touch. Thank you to Rockwell, Dan and Todd. Cheers!" - E. Garcia. "Thank you very much for an excellent week of learning. It was well worth the effort. The Workshop paid for itself before the first break on day one." - J. Calderon. "So much practical experience and knowledge. Learning facts is fun, but learning why they're important and how to use them is awesome." - A. Lyon Cheers! Rockwell Rutter email@example.com (509) 999-1244
Hi all, great forum, so much good advice on everything! One thing I've been looking for but have only found bits and pieces scattered throughout the forums is complete system (grain receptacles -> hot water tanks -> mash tun -> fermenter -> still -> spirit receiving -> barrel) sizing advice. I know there are an infinite number of ways to do the same thing so let me try to make this question as specific as possible. Starting with a 1000L (aprox 250gal) pot still and working our way backward what size fermenters, mash tun, hot water tank, grain storage would you all recommend? I've heard various things such as a bigger mash tun and fermenters i.e. 2000Lish then doing 2 runs from one fermenter... thoughts? Or should things be sized 1:1 i.e. all 1000Lish... thoughts? are more smaller sized fermenters advantageous to fewer larger feremters, i know cost between 2000L and 1000L is usually much better than 2x 1000L... Then, starting at the same 1000L pot still and working our way forward, what size and qty. spirits receivers for stripping run? cuts? do you barrel straight from these receivers? Assuming barreling to 30gal barrels. Looking for advice from all your infinite years of wisdom, if you had to do it all over again, what is your IDEAL process flow?!