Distilling Blog

Will 2020 Be the Gin Revival Decade?

December 23rd, 2019

The taste of 1920s hooch, rotgut, and bathtub gin forced speakeasy bartenders to get creative, essentially paving the way for gin to be the basis of many mixed drinks being revived today.

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Kale Vodka Explained

December 16th, 2019

What is kale vodka? Please tell me you’re kidding? Kale vodka sounds horrible, because, well, kale is horrible. All kidding aside, I really do like kale as much as I like kale jokes.

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Forklift Safety and Maintenance in a Distillery

December 4th, 2019

Forklifts are commonly used in distilleries large and small, and – according to OSHA statistics – forklifts are commonly responsible for serious injuries in the workplace.

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Why Is Redundancy Important for Distilleries?

November 29th, 2019

The Google dictionary defines redundancy in engineering as the inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components.

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What Are Heads, Hearts, and Tails?

November 21st, 2019

Heads, hearts, and tails in distilling are three common terms for the distillate being produced during a spirit distillation run. They are effectively the beginning (heads), the middle (hearts), and the end (tails) of batch distillation.

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The Still Is Coming!

November 12th, 2019

One of the most exciting parts of opening a distillery is actually receiving your custom commercial distillation equipment! All the well-spent money, and you finally get to see your dream in your distillery.

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3 Ways to Manage a Reflux Still Column

November 6th, 2019

Understanding and managing a reflux still column is just one of the basic skills needed to operate distillery equipment. Balancing the temperature and alcohol by volume (ABV) is important when managing the performance of the reflux column still.

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What’s in Your Glass?

October 25th, 2019

Many people who enjoy adult beveraging (our new, made-up word) really have no idea of the origin, composition, or even historical significance of their favorite distilled spirits.

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So You Want to Open a Craft Distillery

October 16th, 2019

While the craft brewing business has been on the up-and-up for the better part of two decades, craft distilleries are plowing their way into the market.

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How a Distillation Column Works

October 11th, 2019

The only real “moving” distillation column parts are the agitator, wash/beer, and the vapor, and boy does that vapor move! Column distillation is really just phase change over and over again.

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Batch Distillation and Alcohol Shifting

October 2nd, 2019

The thoughts and ideas contained here have been formed through fundamental batch distilling with the distillation apparatus more widely known as “The Humper Thumper”.

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Distillation Theory: Where to Pack Your Vodka Still Column

September 26th, 2019

Wondering whether or not to install packing material (random or otherwise) above or below the actual plate sections in your vodka still column?

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Copper vs. Stainless Steel Still: More Copper Doesn’t Mean Better Spirit

September 17th, 2019

Maybe you’ve heard the more copper, the better product, or maybe you’ve heard less is more when trying to make a great product. The truth is, it is all a matter of opinion!

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How to Choose the Right Distilling Equipment

September 10th, 2019

Buying durable alcohol distillation equipment is the foundation of running a successful craft distillery. To find the right craft distillery equipment, you must begin with a general understanding of what distillation is and where in the equipment the process occurs.

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How a Small Continuous Still Can Help You Get Your Life Back

September 3rd, 2019

Though there seems to be a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about continuous distillation, how it works, how expensive is it, etc., it is much less complex than one would think..

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Florida Craft Distillery Law Change

April 27th, 2015

Craft distilling is starting to go the way of craft brewing in popularity: up. In what was considered a positive law change in the craft distillery industry, the Senate passed a bill that would allow craft distillers to sell more to end users.

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