Erik Owens Posted December 30, 2020 Share Posted December 30, 2020 In 2018 the Distilling Research Grant (https://distillingresearch.org/) was formed as a 501 c3 to advance craft distilling by providing funding for academic research. The grant is funded by an annual auction and donations. The basic of science is to ask a question, create an experiment to test the question, run the experiment to create data, analyze the data and then determine if you have successfully proven or disproven your original question. There are many ares of craft distilling which have unknowns, but are gigantic topics such as "does the terroir of corn affect the final flavor of barrel aged spirit?" which would take multiple years of experiments to lay the groundwork. As a start-up volunteer run organization there is not currently the resources to fund. We are looking for bite sized questions such as "How oxygen enters and interacts with distillate in whiskey barrels aged in various locations in aging warehouses (https://distillingresearch.org/research/)". What areas of research can help you operate your distillery and/or help grow the craft distilling industry? The request for proposal re-opens February 15-April 16 2021. If you do not have a background in science, please reach out here: https://distilling.site-ym.com/general/?type=CONTACT and we will connect you with a member of the Advisory Committee to assist in the writing of the proposal. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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