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Fruit & Fire

Leave it to two forward-thinking women to turn tragedy into a potentially new approach to brandy in the region that pioneered and defined the American style: Northern California. As home to trailblazers like Germain-Robin, Charbay, St. George Spirits and...

Cool Distilling

The drummer taps frantically on the rim. The trumpet pips and pops, raising and falling, bubbling like liquid. Miles Davis’s compilation album ‘Birth of the Cool’ was first released in 1957 and has become a soundtrack to writing this...

The Principal Features of Stripping Stills

Stripping is the process used to separate the alcohol from the water in grain fermentation’s “beer,” or in the case of molasses, “dead wash.” Different terms may be used for other substrates. In the case of beer, it contains spent...

Oakland Spirits Company Bottles the Spirit of the Ocean

In early 2016, a pioneering distillery in the heart of Uptown Oakland, CA quickly became a cult favorite. This is Oakland Spirits Co., OsCo for short. Its most well-known spirits are Sea Gin made with foraged Nori, coastal bay...

A Real-Time Technique for Analyzing Congeners

Note: The authors are proud to present the findings of a study we conducted with funds from the first grant awarded from ADI’s Research Endowment, created to further the advancement of knowledge in the craft distilling industry. Our study...

Mash: Chemistry 101

Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics. A refresher on a seemingly familiar topic can be… well, refreshing. Mash chemistry is one of those topics that a lot of folks feel like they have a solid handle on....

Heirloom Grains

Like a piece of weathered old hardwood furniture that’s been restored to its former glory, distillers are rediscovering heirloom grains and finding that they have character and story that commodity grain just can’t match. Some distillers and farmers are focusing...

It’s Time to Take Ethyl Carbamate Seriously Again

Ethyl carbamate (EC), also known as urethane, is a compound found in fermented foods and beverages. It’s an ester of carbamic acid. It’s also a known carcinogen (cue ominous-sounding music), making it an important compound to know and understand...

Be Safe. Save Money. Build Your Own Lab.

For craft distillers, the key to success in product development and production is to document what you do and continuously improve your methods to help you achieve your goals more easily, cheaply and with the best possible results. Building...

Craft Malting Comes of Age

Why are craft brewers and distillers willing to pay two, three or four times as much per pound for malted grains from small, independent, craft malthouses than from the multinational malthouses? Among the nearly 6,000 craft brewers and 2,000 craft...