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 $349. To reserve your spot, contact Lee via email (lee AT florida cane.com) or visit us in our Ybor tasting room Thursday – Sunday.
Our Fourth Class (Class No. 4) will be held on Tuesdays and Our Fifth Class (Class No. 5) will be held on Wednesdays. Classes are from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM over a 3 week period and allow for the complete production of your very own whiskey.
The dates for Class No. 4 are January 9th, 16th, and 23rd. [TUESDAY CLASSES]
The dates for Class No. 5 are January 24th, January 31st, and February 7th. [WEDNESDAY CLASSES]
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: Class No. 4 – January 9th; Class No. 5 – January 24th
· Types of Stills
· Second Distillations
· Heads, hearts & Tails
· Basic Terms
Group Work: Make a 30 Gallon Corn/Wheat/Malted Barley Mash
Sampling Discussion: American Whiskeys
Day 2: Class No. 4 – January 16th; Class No. 5 – January 31st
· 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: Class No. 4 – January 23rd; Class No. 5 – February 7th
· 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
What Students Get:
Almost 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.