iStill Whiskey Workshop in Utah!

Our team is currently training another group of 12 new (well, mostly) distillers in the noble art of making top shelf whiskey! Here are some pictures.

Whiskey tasting: looking for heads, hearts, and tails …

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The class helps start up a new batch of Bourbon whiskey …

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Whiskey blending: what flavor profiles to emphasize …

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iStill London Craft Distilling Expo 2018!

Introduction

We are proud to announce that we will again be the PLATINUM sponsor to the London Craft Distilling Expo 2018! It is a great show, and if you are interested in distilling, it is a must go to. In this iStill Blog post we want to dive in deeper: the program, what we’ll take with us, and the special offer we have for you.

Program

There are a few distillery visits programmed for September 25th. The actual Expo, in the Boiler House, Brick Lane Road, East London, is on September 26th and 27th.

All right, how about the program in the Boiler House on September 26 and 27? Here we go for September 26th:

  • Gin Blending Masterclass (Pre-Expo Event)
  • Vodka Masterclass
  • Gin: Tidbits and Time travel with David T. Smith
  • The Art of Artemisia – Distilling with Wormwood
  • Beer & Burger Night for iStill Aficionados (18h30 – 22h00)

Beer & Burgers will be just across the street. It will start at 19h00 and take … well … as long as it takes. The goal is to meet & mingle. To eat, drink, and have loads of fun together! We assemble at 18h30 at the iStill Booth.

September 27th looks like this:

  • Nosing Spirit Faults
  • Gin FAQ Part 3
  • Rum: A new perspective – Cachaca and other cane spirits
  • Rum: Beyond oak – a tasting of rums matured in non-typical casks
  • Future of Distribution of Craft Distilled Spirits by Odin

Odin gives his speech on the future of distribution. With technology now fully available to Craft Distillers to compete with Big Alcohol when it comes to taste, it is now time to direct our attention to the next hurdle. In a 20 minute speech Odin of iStill will inform the Craft Distilling Industry about Portfolio Distilling. Portfolio Distilling is a  new platform for and by Craft Distillers. Produce locally, distribute globally!

iStill Staff

William (Assembly), Veronika (Finance), and Odin (the muppet that made this mess) will be manning the stand. They will be supported by the multiple award winning distilling team of The Wrecking Coast Distillery. And – as is the tradition – for sure more iStill Customers will show up and share their drinks. I expect Tom to show up with his rum … and others will join us with Tequila, whisky, and gin and vodka for sure!

Jason Cawthron 

Award winning bar tender, mixologist, and distiller Jason Cawthron is part of the iStill Team. He helps represent us on the North American market. Jason will join us in London and shake-up some cocktails! But, knowing Jason, he’ll do more. If you bring your own drink, he’ll probably advice you how you can make a signature cocktail out of it. And we all know that cocktails sell …

iStill Stand

We will bring a lot of fun equipment with us! Some barrels and stills. For sure, there will be an iStill 500 NextGen in combination with the all new glass column sections, indirect heaters, and potstill lay-out.

iStill Offer

Here’s why you should visit us at the London Craft Distilling Expo 2018:

  • It’s an awesome event with great speeches and classes
  • Odin will speak about future distribution opportunities for Craft Distillers
  • iStill’s stand is manned by customers that bring (and pour!) their own drinks
  • Jason will be there, making cocktails
  • On the evening of September26th, iStill hosts the yearly Beer & Burgers event;
  • The iStill 500 NextGen is on display
  • If you visit our stand, take a picture, and post it on Facebook, with a reference to iStill, you will get a EUR 250,- discount on iStill equipment or spirits design (like your special signature cocktail by Jason Cawthron)!

iStill Customers that want to join us at the show can get tickets for free. There is a limited amount of them. First come, first served. Please reach out to Veronika@iStillMail.com if you want tickets …

iStill London Craft Distilling Expo …

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Certified iStill Whiskey Workshop in Utah!

Yes! Sunday September 2nd we start another 4-day Workshop. Where? Eden, Utah. An hour north of SLA. What? All you need to know to make the best whiskey possible. Corn, bourbon, rye, single malt. The ins & outs. Knowledge so ancient most of it has been forgotten. Until we dug it up. And science so bright new, it will give you the chance to take your whiskey to the next level. How? By learning about cuts. Taste. Management. And most importantly: control.  If you want to learn more about the noble art of whiskey production, hands-on, state-of-the-art, in a small group at the great New World Distillery, please reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.com. We still have  few places available!

Whiskey cuts by taste …

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Whiskey cuts by theory …

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Whiskey cuts by science …

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Corn whiskey wash …

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Odin Removes Sulfur!

Problem

Wine gets sulfur (SO2) added to it to prolong its longevity. Basically, the sulfur kills of any yeast or bacteria that could otherwise create spontaneous fermentation or basic spoiling of the wine.

But, even though sulfur has its merits in wine making, it does create a problem for brandy makers. Especially for brandy makers that want to use wine that has added sulfur to it.

Why? Because, during the brandy distillation process, not only the alcohol of the wine gets concentrated, but the sulfur as well. And when the sulfur, by concentration, breaches the taste thrash hold, the brandy all of a sudden becomes undrinkable. Undrinkable to the extend that the brandy now basically tastes like rocket fuel.

Solution

Hydrogen peroxide reacts with sulfur and neutralizes it. It is therefore perfect to get rid of the sulfurs in the wine you bought or made to make brandy from. Here is how it works:

  • Measure the quantity of wine;
  • Measure the amount of sulfur (the supplier should be able to inform you correctly!);
  • Calculate total amount of sulfur;
  • Add enough hydrogen peroxide and mix it in;
  • Let the wine – with added hydrogen peroxide – sit with an open lid over night;
  • Distill the wine;
  • Because the sulfur has been neutralized, you can now make amazing brandy!

Sulfur Dioxide Remover

How much total sulfer is in the batch of wine you acquired? How much hydrogen peroxide do you need? I tried to make life easier for you by designing a Sulfur Dioxide Remover. You just fill in batch size, sulfur content, and how strong your counter-acting hydrogen peroxide is, and the Calculator will tell you exactly how much of the hydrogen peroxide solution available to you is needed. Click on the link below to upload the Sulfur Dioxide Remover Calculator: SO2 vs H2O2.

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iStill Mini Production in Progress!

In about two weeks from now, we expect to finish producing the first batch of 50 iStills Mini. The guys are sweating it! Please see pictures underneath. What’s next? What comes after production? Well, first assembly, and then testing, and finally … we’ll start dispatching your iMini to you. We’ll start shipping in three weeks from now!

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