Topics: DISTILLING SPIRITS SEMINARS How to Make Alcohol at Home

Topics: DISTILLING SPIRITS SEMINARS How to Make Alcohol at Home

1st Day: Theoretical Seminar – Distilling of Exquisite Spirits

Friday 9:00 – 13:00 Seminar lecture in English
Friday 14:00 – 18:45 Seminar lecture in German

  • Formation of alcohol
  • Several methods how to measure the alcohol content
  • Mash – how to make at home
    • Preparation of the fruit
    • Conventional mashes
    • High-grade mashes
    • Control of fermentation and possible problems
    • Fermenting starch-containing materials
  • Stills
    • Principles of still construction
    • Several types of stills
    • Handling the still
  • Distilling
    • Instructions for distillation
    • Heads – Hearts – Tails
    • Diluting to drinkable strength
    • Treatment with activated carbon
    • Several methods for storage
  • Spirits
  • Infusions
  • Legal situation

2nd Day: In Practice Seminar – Distill Your Own Spirits

Saturday 09:00 – 11:30 and ca. 13:00 – ca. 16:00, in between collective lunch (optional)

  • Each participant is distilling independently spirits with a provided still the whole seminar day.
  • Distilling spirits: raspberry spirit, gin, cointreau, absinthe, Swiss pine cones, cornelian cherry, anise, mint, coffee, oranges, lemons, ginger, garden herbs, spices…
  • Distilling mashes: prune plum, apple, pear, sloe, black bullaces, apricot, grapes, medlars…
  • Seasonal specialties are also provided
  • Reducing to drinkable strength (measuring the alcohol content, calculation of the needed amount of water, diluting)
  • Bottling and labeling
  • Receive your Certificate of Completion at the end

Included course services:

  • Course materials: lecture script
  • 3 small bottles filled with your own personally distilled spirits or brandies
  • Materials for distilling, labels, softened water, and everything else needed for the seminar
  • Coffee, refreshments
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