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Get your start in the distilling industry!

  1. Distillation Processes

  2. Distillation Equipment + Processes

  3. Proofing

  4. Spirit Maturation/Aging

  5. Packaging

4+ hours instruction

In Module 3, we will cover a number key items that all fall under the heading of Distillation. Some basic thermodynamics will be covered and defined like:

  • liquid

  • volatility

  • boiling point

  • evaporation

  • miscible

  • immiscible


The Distillation Theory and the Ethanol Water Equilibrium Curve are vital to understanding how quality spirits are derived from the process and the equipment. Determining heads, hearts, and tails of distillation is the foundation of producing great-tasting spirits: the importance and details are explained in outline, narration and video explanations by master distillers. A more-detailed look at distilling equipment and what happens in each piece is presented. And finally, proofing and maturation and aging is covered in detail: the chemistry that happens in the barrel as whiskey is aging is complex and fascinating and you will learn that in this module. 


Module 3 | Distillation

  1. Mashing

  2. Fermentation

  3. Distilling Chemistry

3+ hours instruction

In Module 2, a number of key items are covered that all fall under the heading of Spirit Processes. There are six steps in the overall production of alcohol namely:

  • Preparing

  • Mashing

  • Fermenting

  • Distilling

  • Aging

  • Blending


In this module, we’ll cover Preparing, Mashing, and Fermenting in-depth and the chemistry involved in those processes. Preparing to mash covers the types of grain milled and the different types of mills available. The processes and chemistry of mashing and fermentation are very scientific and the more you understand the science and chemistry, the better a distiller you will be. To understand the basic chemistry of mashing and fermentation, you need a foundational understanding of chemistry which will be presented to you in an easy-to-follow manner that makes sense.


Module 2 | Alcohol Production

  1. Federal Regulations

  2. Distilling Equipment

  3. Standards of Identity

  4. Water Profile

2+ hours instruction

In this first module, we’ll cover the logistics basics in order to provide you with a solid foundation on which to build your understanding of the ins and outs of distilling spirits. Important requirements of distilling which fall under the purview of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau—or TTB—a part of the United States Department of the Treasury will be covered namely:

  • licensing

  • reporting

  • formulas

  • definitions 

  • label approval


An overview of distilling equipment is covered at length: from hoses, to still types to hydrometers. Standards of Identity is outlined as the governmental definition of spirit types detailing spirits such as (vodka, whiskey, rum, etc. And finally, water profile importance is presented: great spirits begin with quality water. You will learn how water is used throughout the spirit-making process and what minerals are important and how to use them.