Rene Kamphuis, owner & distiller at Delrey Distillery, came by to pick up his iStill 500 …
Rene Kamphuis, owner & distiller at Delrey Distillery, came by to pick up his iStill 500 …
Could you tell us a bit more about your plans, please?
We are currently starting our own rum distillery in Amsterdam. We are going to do everything ourselves. We start with fermentation, distillation and aging. When the aging is complete, we bottle and label the rum ourselves. Having a rum distillery in the Netherlands is quite a challenge. There are multiple distilleries in Amsterdam, most of those make liqueurs with GNS as a base. That is not an option for us because rum is made of sugar cane or a sugarcane product. We need to import sugarcane molasses as a raw material.
We also want to educate people on rum. How it is made, where it comes from and what styles you have will be explained in our master classes. We hope to contribute to the popularity of rum, which is already an upcoming liquor.
We are still preparing for our grand opening this summer. Both on a technical as a commercial level. We are ordering all the equipment we need and we started a crowdfunding to get additional funding. Until the 31st of March we are doing a presale of our rum and masterclasses at crowdaboutnow: www.crowdaboutnow.nl/rummieclub.
How did you come up with the idea to start up a distillery?
We have been thinking about starting our own company for a while. The independence and being able to do what you want sounded great for us. We had several ideas like making “bitterballen”, a typical dutch snack. Many of our ideas originated from our hobbies. Cooking and having a good time with our friends. Since we visited some whisky distilleries in Scotland we always joked about starting our own distillery. Rum is something we really love and also has so many possibilities for its use and great vibes around it. So after a while of just hobby-ing we thought this is the moment. If we are not going to do it now it will never happen. And that’s when we sold our house and just started talking to lots of professionals to see if our ideas were feasible. Now a year further down the road we are almost opening the distillery and still happy with the choice we made.
Where is your distillery going to be located?
Last October we found an amazing new project of very light and colorful commercial buildings for small entrepreneurs. It is located on the border of Diemen and Amsterdam’s Southeast, where we now live. So it’s still doable by bike from Amsterdam center, but also close to public transport. Amsterdam Southeast is a very interesting area which is expected to develop a lot the next few years. We would love to be part of the great atmosphere in this area; a vibe that really fits with rum!
We expect to get the key the 15th of April. And after some additional work and an artist making a mural on the wall the equipment will come in and we will start production at the end of May. So you are very welcome for a distillery tour from may onwards 😉
What is your business model looking like? Tasting room, distribution?
At first we will start with bringing an un-aged rum to the market and later on we will sell aged rums too. Rummieclub rum will start at café’s and liquor stores mostly in Amsterdam and expand further when possible. Next to that, we will also organize masterclasses and distillery tours every two weeks and make cocktails at festivals and events. For now we both keep our other jobs for a few days a week until we can make enough with our own rum or find a place for a bar.
Where do you envision yourself 5 years down the road, Judith?
In five years we hope to have shared the energizing Rummieclub vibes at great events. I expect people to understand more about rum and therefore demanding more quality and honesty in their rums. As for Rummieclub I would like to have a stable business making good quality rums and having fun with it. We especially would like to own our own bar where we can share the Rummieclub vibe. Maybe with some greenhouses for aging our rum and growing some sugarcane and ginger for our ginger beer.
How does it feel to start your own company? To be self-employed now?
We always wanted to start our own company and make a community out of it. We love making our own choices, but that also makes us feel more responsible for the outcome which is stressful sometimes. Whenever we are at an event as Rummieclub we feel the energy flowing and know we made the right decision.
What made you decide to go with iStill equipment?
In June 2018 we followed the distilling course at iStill University because we wanted to learn more about fermentation and distilling. We really like the open and scientific way with which iStill looked at the whole production process. iStill gives us creative technological innovations by thinking a step further in the process and looking at the many factors influencing taste. Next to that,the iStill is easy to use and we especially like the fact we have control to make our own choices for the perfect rum. We don’t have that much space in our Amsterdam distillery so we like the fact we can ferment and distill in one boiler. If you compare the use of iStills making rum to iStills making other distillates, the rum world doesn’t use them so often, but I think they really work well together: A still with many possibilities for a liquor with many possibilities.
Existing customers and new customers now get access to new software! The new software will be added to new orders. Existing customers can upgrade over the air.
The newest iStill software adds two functions to your iStill:
Fast aging is for customers, new and existing, that have iStills with agitator and boiler radiator. The new program allows you to fast age your spirits. No costs are charged. For more reading, please see: https://istillblog.com/2019/01/21/innovation-istill-fast-aging/
The new fast aging software comes with standard recipes …
New customers and existing customers that use Robot v3.0 can now upgrade to ABV Control for free. ABV Control gives you total control over your output alcohol percentage. Especially in combination with the all new iStill Reflux Capacitor. For more reading on ABV Control, please see: https://istillblog.com/2019/02/22/innovation-abv-control/. For more info on the Reflux Capacitor, see: https://istillblog.com/2019/02/28/istill-innovation-reflux-capacitor/.
ABV Control for single distillation brandy, rum, and whiskey …
How to order and install
New customers get ABV Control for free. Fast Aging software will automatically be added if you also order the Jet Propulsion Agitator System and the Boiler Radiator.
Existing customers that want to upgrade their existing software, via an over the air update, can reach out to William@iStillmail.com.
If you want to deliver top shelf product, you need top shelf equipment. And since we want to deliver the world’s best distillation units, we need the best staff the world has to offer.
We are proud to have some of the world’s best welders work for us. They help us deliver the best quality products the industry can wish for. If you know anything about welding, see the picture underneath, where we are hand-welding an 12 inch shotgun column cooler.
Eat your heart out …
Thanks, Bushy, for sharing!
Haf Leyshon, from Wales, visited the Netherlands based iStill University for a 4-day workshop. Here is her feedback:
“I highly comment you on this course. I have learned a lot about the various processes of both the iStill and common distillation procedure. You allowed us to derive our own conclusions and decisions based on facts. An incredible course and an incredible team. Thank your for making me feel very welcome and confident to continue my distilling dream.”
Haf Leyshon …
Next Netherlands based iStill Course? March 18th through 21st in Woerden, near Amsterdam … For more info, please reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.com!
Today, we introduce another iStill Innovation: the Reflux Capacitor! The Reflux Capacitor increases the performance of your iStill. Wanna find out more? This post dives in deeper … say … back to the future kinda deep?
What it does
The iStill Reflux Capacitor boosts the ABV that enters your column. Higher proof gases lead to a more stable and faster run. The output rates increase with around 25%, translating to around 2 hour faster run times and/or a higher ABV, depending on what your goal is.
In column mode, the iStill produces at a fixed ABV or proof. During the run the yield per hour drops to compensate for an ever lower alcohol strength boiler charge. With the iStill Reflux Capacitor, the column is fed with higher proof alcohol, resulting in up to 25% more output and a related decrease in run time of up to two hours. Here is a graphical representation of the extra performance the Reflux Capacitor gives:
In potstills, the output in liters per hour is pretty stable. Contrary to column distilling, the ABV or proof gradually decreases during the run. In potstill mode, in combination with the Reflux Capacitor, the strength of the output of your iStill increases by around 25%, decreasing run times with 25%, while mitigating the need for an additional, second or double, distillation. Please see the graphical explanation underneath:
Especially combined with ABV Control (for more reading, see: https://istillblog.com/2019/02/22/innovation-abv-control/), the all new iStill Reflux Capacitor has huge benefits. Its applications? Here we go:
Roll-out and pricing
The new Reflux Capacitor can be ordered right now. We’ll add it to the iStill Online Design Center in the coming days. The Reflux Capacitor is available on all new orders for iStills 100, 500, 2000, and 5000. The Reflux Capacitor can be retrofitted to all NextGen iStills 500, 2000, and 5000.
The costs are as follows:
The Reflux Capacitor on the iStill 500 …
Do you want to visit 52Eighty Distilling? Maybe combine it with the industry’s best craft distilling and product development training? Please know that we organize an iStill University class at 52Eighty Distilling from March 25th till March 28th. For more information, reach out to Jason@iStillmail.com. For registration, please contact Veronika@iStillmail.com.
We are currently doing a test run on the iStill 100 with potstill column for one of our UK customers. At full power, after only 49 minutes of heat-up time, it started producing an amazing 15 liters of spirits per hour! The need for cooling water during the distillation process? Only 2.9 liters per minute.
Heating up …
iStill 100 performing a test run …
Water consumption …
When you buy iStill equipment, you already had the option to lease. At least in North America and in the UK. We now extend leasing to the EU. So if you are a craft distiller from a EU country, looking to lease your iStill Distillery, just send us an email and we’ll help you out.
Here are two examples of lease tariffs: