Hands-on Workshop Spring 2022



Reserved spot for 3 days at the Ultimate 3-Day Hands-on Distilling Workshop. Learn from award-winning distiller Todd Buckley and master distiller Darin Kyle, owner of Quartz Mountain Distillers.

  • Workshop dates: May 20-22, 2022
  • Reserved spot for all 3 days
  • Includes a free Lifetime Access membership to DistilleryUniversity.com online courses (including all footage from this Workshop – $499 value!)
  • Includes supplemental materials
  • Includes invitations to any After-Hours Events throughout the weekend
  • Your future distillery will be featured prominently on the Alumnus Directory

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Industry expert Todd Buckley covers:

Welcome to the Beverage Alcohol Industry
History of Distilling in America
Regulation Highlights to Distill in the US
The Competitive Landscape of Spirits in the US

Introduction to Biology: Fermentation
Grains, Fruits and Yeast
Yeast Strains

Introduction to Chemistry: Alcohol
Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropanol
Organic Acids
Ethylene and Ethyl Ether

Vodka/Whiskey/Gin Distillation
Properly Using a Hydrometer
Substrate Choices
Achieving 190 proof

Brandy Distillation
Fruit Choices
Achieving 160 proof

Botanicals Blending for Gin
Botanical Choices
Maceration, Decoction and Infusion

Brewing Skill for Whiskey Distillation and Aging
Substrate Choices
Distillation Techniques

Introduction to Physics: Distillation
Heating, Reflux and Condensation
Still Design
Weight, Volume and Temperature

The hands-on instruction will take place at the very well-equipped Quartz Mountain Distillers. Owner and distilling expert Darin Kyle will walk us through how to operate his equipment, preparing a mash for fermentation and what considerations need to be made in creating a perfect batch of spirits. Darin and Todd will be on hand to answer any and all questions you might have about any aspect of running a distillery.

No other Workshop allows you to actually take control of a professional-grade reflux still and produce your own batch of spirits under the supervision of award-winning distillers.

If you’re looking to get ACTUAL hands-on experience, this is the Workshop for you. We’ll have a mash already made up for you, so all you have to focus on is getting your spirits to come out just right.

After your spirits run is complete, you’ll then be shown how to blend with distilled water in order to get the strength and flavor profile you’re looking for. From there, you’ll bottle your finished spirit and take it home with you!

Topics to be covered in the hands-on portion of the class are:

  • Mashing
    • Grain choice
    • Temperatures
  • Fermentation
    • Choosing the base product
    • Yeast choice
    • Vessel choice
  • Distillation
    • Making the cuts
    • Temperature choice
    • Equipment design/performance
    • Still performance