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Rig Hand Distilling 201

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Rig Hand Distillery

2401 - 8 St.

Nisku, AB T9E 7Y9

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This course is designed for someone with a basic knowledge of fermenting and distilling that would like to expand their knowledge base to the point that they could start a craft distillery business themselves. Our focus will be on providing a very hands-on seminar by splitting our time: 20% classroom instruction and 80% on the distillery floor.

This course is a hands-on workshop where attendees will learn the principles of grain-spirit production in the classroom, and move to the distillery floor and participate in each of the processes: mashing, fermentation, and distillation of grain spirits.

The course will be held onsite at Big Rig Craft Distillery, where the class will participate in crafting Big Rig's 10W-40 White Dog whiskey distillate. The class will perform the actual distillation of Big Rig 10W-40 White Dog, including frequent tasting and monitoring of the incoming spirits to determine the cuts from heads to hearts, from hearts to tails, from tails to shut-off, and to basking in the glory of a successful distillation run.

We begin each phase of spirits production in the classroom learning the principles of each process, and then move to the floor to practice the processes in a real-life application of the principles.

After taking this course, the attendee will have a detailed understanding of all the processes of grain spirit production, and will have participated in each of the processes, and will be prepared to make grain spirits on their own distillery floor.

The cost of the course is includes Mr. Smiley's instructor fee, course reference material and raw materials, ground transportation, daily lunches and a "graduation" dinner. The course fee does not include accommodation but we have arranged a group booking rate at a nearby hotel with complimentary breakfast.

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Required Readings & Topics Covered:

The Complete Distiller 2nd Edition, by Nixon & McCaw, Amphora Society
Making Pure Corn Whiskey 2nd Edition, by Ian Smiley, Amphora Society

Day 1

Types of stills and their purposes Preparation of mash substrates Mashing of grain and the conversion of starch to sugar Fermentation

Day 2

Review of details of grain-mashing process
• Grain bill
• Enzymes
• Water chemistry
• Temperature regimen
• Confirmation of starch conversion
Move to the floor for hands-on grain mash process of Big Rig 10W-40 White Dog Whiskey
Chill mash and set to ferment

Day 3

Principles of distillation
Specifics of whiskey distillation
Stillhouse safety practices
Outline of the distillation of Rig Hand 10W-40 White Dog Whiskey

Day 4

Review of details of distilling Rig Hand 10W-40 White Dog Whiskey
Move to the floor for hands-on distillation of the grain mash to produce
Rig Hand 10W-40 White Dog Whiskey

Day 5

Aging, proofing, and bottling of spirits
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Our Instructor

Ian Smiley

Ian Smiley is the author of the book, Making Pure Corn Whiskey, an Amphora Society publication, and he’s the owner of Smiley’s Home Distilling www.home-distilling.com, a web store dedicated to home and laboratory distillers. He has been exploring small-scale beverage-alcohol distillation all his adult life, and is a card-carrying member of the American Distilling Institute. He’s written articles for their magazine, The American Distiller, as well as other writings on distilling, and is one of the key authors of an ADI-published book called The Distiller’s Guide to Rum. Ian has been involved in distilling, both professionally and as a hobby, for over 40 years.

The Cost of the Course is $2,995.00 CAD + Tax Per Person

We will require a$1000.00 deposit to hold your spot and the balance paid by the course date.


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