After over a year of not being able to give on-site trainings at iStill HQ, we are proud and happy to announce we are opening up again! The iStill Distilling University organizes the Certified Master Distillers Training at iStill HQ. The first course takes place in the first week of October and is completely sold out. The second one will be in the first week of November and is now open to subscription. We are opening up for registration now!
The new iStill University Certified Master Distillers Training takes place from November 1st till November 4th, in Woerden, at iStill HQ, located near Amsterdam, at around 30 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
The Certified Master Distillers Training is a practical training, where we train you how to make brandy, gin, rum, vodka, and whisky, as well as liqueurs. The focus is on “learning by doing”. You’ll spend as much time as possible behind the iStill Mini to make a variety of spirits, and to learn how to manage your still as well as how to make perfect cuts. Mashing and fermenting, and runs on the bigger iStills will also be part of the curriculum.
The Certified Master Distillers Training picks up where the iStill Certified Craft Distilling courses stop. The Craft Distillers course teaches you the theories around distilling, where the Master Distillers course focusses on hands-on training. The Certified Craft Distillers course is theoretical, the Certified Master Distillers Training is practical.
In order to participate at the Certified Master Distillers Training, you need to be a Certified Craft Distiller already. We need everybody to be on the same page, on the same theoretical knowledge-base, before we can dive in deeper via the Certified Master Distillers Course.
· Theory of distillation recap
· Smelling all alcohols
· Filling the iStill Mini with wine
· Fractioning the wine
· Making cuts to turn wine into brandy
· Watching brandy program on iStill 500
· Theory of fermentation recap
· Mashing 10 liters
· Fermenting 10 liters
· Organoleptic training overview
· Visiting the windmill
· Feedback from day 1
· Theory of extraction recap
· Extraction on the Mini
· Extraction on the i500
· Creating hard seltzers
· Sensory training: fruits and grapes
· Creating a program on the iStill
· Programming the iStill
· Cleaning the iStill Mini
· Distilling vodka on the Mini
· Distilling vodka using ABV-C
· Feedback from day 2
· Turning extracts into liqueurs
· Turning extracts into essences
· Finishing run: vapour speeds
· Sensory training: botanicals
· DIstilling gin on the iStill Mini
· Sensory training: faults
· Visiting Rummiclub Distillery
· Feedback from day 3
· Sensory training: wood
· Cleaning the iStill Mini
· Distilling rum frow low wines
· Aging spirit with heat and oxygen
· Aging spirit with ultrasound
· Using wood chips for aging
· Distilling fermentation on the iStill Mini
· Sensory training: aged spirits
· Measuring and diluting your spirit
· Evaluation of the spirits
· Food pairing theory
· Graduation dinner (with cocktail training!)
Participating at the Certified Master Distillers Training costs EUR 2.495,-. Two dinners and four lunches are included, as well as your certification.
Do you want to participate? Please know we maximize the number of students to 12. You will be working with the iStills Mini in groups of 2.
For registration, please email Veronika@iStillmail.com
Pre-Covid picture of the iStill Distilling University …
Is the Certified Craft Distiller course still available and if so what is the cost and the prospectus
It is available. Curriculum in today’s eNewsletter Distillers Weekly and on the iStill Blog. For more info, pls. reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.cim.