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WORKSHOP: Continuous Column Distillation with Jordan Via


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Breaking the myth that you have to be using a pot still to make good spirits.

Master Distiller Jordan Via has been making craft spirits since 2008. Returning to the SF Bay Area, place where he first learned how to distill, Jordan has set up another world class distillery in the SF bay area. Citing Dave Pickerell as a mentor, Jordan will explain his philosophy of distilling and blending world class whiskies.

Learn the principles of column distillation, how to run a column for a medium sized distillery, and the flavor difference between pot and column distilled whiskey.

3-4 hrs hands on experience per day complimented with lectures on planning, operation, and marketing of a distilled spirit brand. Overall 25 hours of practical instruction.

  • Raw Material Procurement
  • Grain Handling, Selection, Contracting and QC
  • Fermentation Planning
  • Fermentation Execution
  • Start Up Process
  • Dynamic Equalization (believe it or not in the first 30 minutes this is where you make your tails cut)
  • Temperature Controls (Fermentation, Distillation, Aging, Storage)
  • Process Checkpoints
  • Barrel Selection, Maturation and Considerations
  • Blending, Gauging, Obscuration
  • Barrel House, Single Barrel vs Big Batch Blending
  • Bottling Considerations and Operation
  • Tasting and Sensory Evaluation
  • Distribution
  • Marketing Your Brand
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