iStill Representation in India!

Yesterday, in the presence of her excellence vice prime minister Carola Schouten, while officially attending the Dutch governmental trade mission to India, iStill signed a contract to help introduce us on the Indian market place. iStill aims to become a leading player in India, helping the country forward on the fields of both improved farmer income and higher yield crop recovery.

As a first step we, together with our Indian partners, open a distilling university in Goa. The first courses are planned to start in November 2018. The new Indian iStill University aims to work together with Women on Wings. This charitable organization aims to create 1 million jobs for women in rural India. We aim to help them out (and if you want to chip in, please do – see link underneath) by helping some of them become female distillers.

Signing the contract …

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http://www.womenonwings.com/about-us/

iStill in India!

This week I visit India. As a member of the Dutch trade mission, I am afraid it is mostly work and no play. Seminars, networking, setting up out Indian iStill representation. That’s basically it. But from what I have seen, yes, this is a place to come back to! Definitely. With more free time to dive into India proper. Not the glamorous hotels and embassies I currently visit, but the raw, explicit, vibrant, unique, colorful, delightful, intriguing and overcrowded parts that make up for “normal life” for 99% of the Indian population …

The Dutch trade mission to India …

Peeking out of the window …

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Odin 2.0!

Last 3 months I have gone on a road trip in search of better health. Concise and short? I succeeded in losing 15 kilo’s of fat, while gaining 5 kilo’s of muscle.

In better shape than ever, and with enormous amounts of energy, I can inform you that we are releasing a few amazing new innovations for the craft distilling industry very soon:

  • iStill Mini: a full laboratory set-up on a small scale;
  • iStill Ragnarok: a continuous still with benefits;
  • iStill Frigg: a vacuum still;
  • Panoramix: a concoction that will help you recover GNS from feints.

Odin 2.0 …

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Beers & Burgers at Utah iStill Workshop!

We currently have 9 students at our workshop in Utah. After day 1, we had beers & burgers at the oldest saloon west of the Mississippi, the Shooting Star Saloon.

Our next North American courses? Well, there’s the end of June Gin Masterclass in Jersey City. Still a few places available. And we will organize a new 4-day workshop on whiskey making (mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging) in September in Utah again. Let us know if you are interested via veronika@istillmail.com!

Pictures of the Utah May 2018 iStill Workshop students enjoying beers and burgers at the sunny Shooting Star Saloon …

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And here’s the whole gang in front of the iStill 2000 …

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New Workshops in North America!

Napa Valley Distillery

If you are not from Europe, but from America, please know that we organize another 4-day Certified Distilling Workshop from March 19th till 22nd. At Napa Valley Distillery. For more information please reach out to jason@iStillmail.com. Jason is our North American representative. For registration, please reach out to veronika@istillmail.com. Veronika manages the iStill University and its workshops globally.

Student feedback

We just finished another 4-day Certified Distilling Workshop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Here are some pictures and feedback:

Cracking malted barley for single malt whisky …

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Hello Veronika,

Just a note to thank you very much for the course last week.  It was immensely enjoyable and very instructive;  a great deal to absorb, and I’m finding the course notes invaluable when going over it in my mind.  Odin and Sebastian did a brilliant job.  I appreciate the enormous effort that went into the course.

I shall be continuing my experiments with my iStill, but with much greater confidence now.  I hope you will not mind if I contact you from time to time with questions or if I get stuck.

Very best wishes to you and the team.

Robin

A concentrated group of 16 students diving into advanced distilling …

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Hi Veronika,

I’d just like to say a very big thank you to all the iStill team for a great week, the course itself, your hospitality and transport arrangements were faultless and the week far exceeded my expectations.

To the rest of the group, thank you, it was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for making the week interactive and equally important – fun !!

I’ve returned with even bigger enthusiasm to get moving on my venture with an iStill, conundrum now is which size !!

Good luck everyone in your venture too, let’s stay in touch.

Kind regards – Godwin

Learning all about Gouda cheese as a side project …

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Beer and dinner at the 17th Century former arsenal now Stadshotel …

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iStill University Workshop!

This week we had 14 visitors from all over the world. In 4 days we trained them in the noble art of craft distilling.

Topics that we dealt with were:

  • Mashing;
  • Fermenting;
  • Distilling;
  • Aging;
  • Vodka;
  • Gin;
  • Whisky.

We made the following products and did the following runs:

  • We mashed 2000 liters of peated single malt grains and water;
  • We fermented 2000 liters of single malt beer;
  • We stripped and finished the beer and low wines and created new make spirit;
  • We barreled the new make;
  • We made vodka (1) and gins (5!) and a number of extracts.

All in all, it was another great course with lovely students! Here are a few pictures we took:

No visit to the Netherlands can be complete without tasting Gouda …

And afterwards … dinner in the Stadshotel …

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The students at the iStill University …

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Making whisky in the iStill University …

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Filling up barrels with new make spirit …

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