Craft Distilling Academy

Hey everybody. We have a new Academy now for learning more about this hobby / micro distiller .
Wheather your opening a micro Distillery or your just wanting to learn the craft check out this link.

Craft Distilling Academy’s Workshop’s are designed to offer practical and relevant information to develop your understanding into a passion. The purpose of our class is to inform you of distilling process for personal information. Our instructors are all veterans of the Artisan Distilling Industry and ready to pass on and share their knowledge. 

What should you expect to learn at one of CDA’s workshops? Take a look below for a detailed list of topics to be covered. 

Each Student will Receive:
– Personalized Binder with all the covered information for future reference
– CD with printable forms for mash and recipe development
– Light Breakfast
– Full catered Lunch
– Diploma certifying you are a “Distilling Craftsman”
– Free 1 year VIP Membership to
– Discounts for future classes
– Discounts for friends and family

Step by Step Home distiller set up

Step by Step Home distiller set up

To start distilling at home, you’ll need some technical knowledge about the equipment, process and how to handle the delicious results. Start small and cheap. You can produce flavorful eau de vie using a tea kettle and a condenser made with plastic tubing to distill wine made from a few pounds of fruit. If you know you are interested in home distilling and don’t need a test still, then the first still to purchase is a 1 1/2- to 2-liter copper alembic pot still. These often ship from Europe and represent a comparatively small investment for what could become a lifelong hobby. The small still is good for small batches of anything, and for redistilling alcohol you have produced in a larger still. The largest still appropriate for home use is 5 gallons (25 liters), a size that matches the scale of home-scale fermenting buckets. But even one run in a 5-gallon still makes a substantial quantity of alcohol. While it is always nice to dream big, stills holding less than 1 gallon (4 liters) encourage you to be creative and keep the enterprise well within the bounds and spirit of home-scale craft distilling. Operating a Pot Still Heat source: Stills under a few liters are best operated over natural gas or propane, and ideally in a water bath. This is because when distilling for maximum flavor, one needs to keep the distillation as slow as possible. It is easier to control the heat in a small still if it is indirect. Getting ready to distill: Clear a work area around the heat source you will use for the distillation. You will need the following: 
 • the still 
the wine

• a ladle
 • a dozen small glasses to collect the distillate 
• a pitcher for mixing the alcohol you are saving to drink 
• a jar with lid for the saved drinkable distillation 
• a jar for “heads and tails” if you plan to redistill them at some point 
• a permanent marker that writes on glass  
• and a damp sponge and towel for use polishing the still and cleaning up spills. 

 If your still will need polishing either inside or out, then also have on hand vinegar and salt. Preparing the still: Make sure your still is clean. If copper sits unused for a long time it naturally oxidizes. The traditional way to polish the interior of a copper is to warm it slightly and then pour some vinegar (1/8 to 1/4 cup for small still) into the still, chased by a tablespoon of salt. Then spread with a sponge. You can polish the exterior of your still with vinegar and salt as well. Step by Step Setup: Follow these steps to set up your still for a distillation run. Place the pot still over the heat source. If using a water bath, set the still in a pot that is large enough to be 3/4 immersed in water. For example, a 2-liter still comfortably sits in a dutch oven. Next, fill the still approximately 3/4 full with the wine to be distilled and then assemble the still. The wine can foam up when first heated so don’t overfill. Assemble the still. This usually means placing the lid on the distillation pot, running the tube from the lid to the condenser coil, adding cold water to the condenser, and finally putting a glass under the spout through which the alcohol will flow. As most home distillers improvise, their setup it may take a little adjusting to get it working. Once the still is assembled, make sure fittings are tight. For example, on a homemade still, ensure that any corks or rubber stoppers are tightly in place. All loosely fitting joints need to be sealed. In a traditional copper alembic still, this means sealing where the lid fits into the pot and where the copper tube leading from the swan’s neck lid fits into the condenser coil. A thick paste made of flour and water is the traditional sealant. If using a water bath, use aluminum foil to make an improvised lid around the still if practical. This reduces energy use and reduces evaporation from the water bath. If the condenser coil is not already surrounded by cold water, add the cold water now.