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5-Day Distiller Course Graduate Charlene Rooke Shares Her Experience

Charlene Rooke, October 5-Day Graduate
Charlene Rooke, October 2013 5-Day Graduate

“I reckon it is creeping up on 10 a.m. – the hot autumn sun is just chasing the chill from this converted garage – when I first dip a finger into the almost 90-proof (45-per-cent alcohol) booze trickling off the copper still. The liquid has some wicked, not-ready-for-bottling flavours: Do I detect notes of model-airplane glue, exploded Bic pen and overripe fruit?

This is the art of spirits distillation: taking what are called the “heads” and “tails” cuts off the distilling run and saving only the “hearts,” the clean-tasting portion that is free of most undesirable chemical compounds. It’s something I turn out to be pretty good at, and just one of the complex set of skills taught at Louisville’s Moonshine University, an intensive immersion in the business, science and art of distilling…” { Read More }

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