Distilling School

3 Day Workshop | Introduction to Craft Distilling | August 2017 Dates, Times, & Syllabus


Our hands-on workshop teaches students how to ferment both grain and sugar based mashes, reviews many types of craft spirits being produced today, and goes in-depth with many of the hobby’s nuances we’ve discovered over these past 15 years of distilling.

Class sizes are limited to 10 students and costs $199. To reserve your spot, contact Lee via email (lee@floridacane.com) or visit us in our Ybor tasting room Thursday – Sunday.

These classes are held Tuesday evening from 6 to 9:30 over a 3 week period (August 15th, 22nd, and 29th) to allow for the complete production of your very own whiskey. During the first sessions, students will create the mash and begin the fermentation process. The second session is when students will distill their product the first time and also learn in-depth details about flavoring techniques used to produce Gin, Rum, and Flavored Vodkas. In the third and final session the students will redistill their product and prepare their barrels to begin the aging. Students will make between 1 and 2 liters of finished product and the small charred, new-oak, barrel is included in the cost of the class.

Day 1: August 15th 6-9:30.
· Mashing
· Cooking
· Fermenting
· Types of Stills
· Distilling
· Second Distillations
· Heads, hearts & Tails
· Basic Terms

Group Work: Make 2, 30 Gallon Corn/Wheat/Malted Barley Mash
Sampling Discussion: American Whiskeys

Day 2: August 22nd 6-9:30.
· Distilling Tools; Calculators
· Overview of Laws and Regulations
· Types of Spirits
· Tips and Tricks for Running the Still

Group Work: Distill an 8 gallon Sample of what we fermented
Sampling Discussion: Flavored Vodkas and Gin

Day 3: August 29th 6-9:30.
· Wooden Barrel Discussion
· Aging, Charring, Toasting and Barrel Size
· Coloring of Whiskeys
· COLAS/FONL and Labeling Requirements
· Proofing and Blending

Group Work: Final Distillation Run & Barrel Preparation
Sampling Discussion: Rums

Cost: $199

What Students Get:
Over 10 hours of Instruction from the Owners and Distillers of The Florida Cane Distillery.
Hands on experience in making whiskey that includes mashing, running stills, and prepping and filling barrels.
A 1 liter charred new oak barrel filled with whiskey students make throughout the program and that they can age at their own house.
5 Samples of each Sampling Discussion Spirit (either Whiskey, Flavored Vodkas, Gin, or Rum)

Class size is limited to 10 students.