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Choosing the Right Mill for Your Craft Distillery

November 13th, 2019

So, you want to start distilling with freshly milled grain. Maybe you’re tired of paying top dollar for the pre-milled stuff from the malt distributor, and you’re ready to invest in the quality, efficiency, and bulk pricing that comes with milling your own whole grain. But where do you start?

Well, it’s always a good idea to first familiarize yourself with what’s out there. While there are plenty of options, the two most common types of mills used in craft distilling operations are the hammer mill and roller mill.

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3 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Mead

November 6th, 2019

Mead is on the rise, thanks to the craft beer and distilling movements, as well as persistent references in popular culture. And while it’s true there are still 10 times more breweries in the US than meaderies, the category is experiencing steady growth all the same. Reports from the American Mead Makers Association (AMMA) indicate that on average, a meadery opens in the US every 3 days, signalling the beginnings of a potential new trend in craft mead production.

In hopes of answering some of your burning questions about this delightful drink, here’s 3 surprising things you didn’t know about mead.

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The Best Advice For New Distillers

October 30th, 2019

Sienna, distiller at Widow Jane.

The best advice I ever received was from the man who trained me to make wine. To this day, it’s something I always share when I speak to new distillers.

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How to Create Your Distillery Business Plan

October 23rd, 2019

Like many of you, I’m a Moonshine University alum and proud Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward – meaning my thirst for knowledge runs deep.

As you’re probably aware, it takes more than “a love of the art” to run a successful distillery. But more often than not, as our passion drives us to continue to learn and develop our skill sets, our primary focus tends to fall on perfecting the craft; by consequence, we tend to neglect the equally important responsibility of refining the business. Luckily, there’s a solution for that.

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Is Your Distillery Safe and Secure? Here’s Two Ways to Make Sure…

October 16th, 2019

As a distillery consultant, I always have safety and security on my mind. Whether it’s designing the distillery layout or a visitor path on the production floor, safety and security should be a priority for any distillery owner.

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Picking the Right Packaging For Your Spirits Brand in 6 Easy Steps

October 9th, 2019

Congratulations! You’ve created a masterpiece spirit. Now how do you plan to brand it? Have you thought about packaging? For some, this will be the most exciting part of your business, and it might even be the most important. Whether it’s on store shelves or on the bar top, before taking a sip, consumers will first experience your product by its packaging.

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My Craft Distillery: Gary Russell’s Cheers to 60 Years

October 2nd, 2019

What better way is there to celebrate a company milestone than by creating your own bourbon? Thanks to the My Craft Distillery program, RussTech Owner Gary Russell was able to do just that.

In September 2019, Gary joined us at our on-campus distillery to spend the week as a distiller. From choosing his mash bill to assembling the staves in his barrel, Gary asked for a hands-on experience and that’s what Moonshine University delivered. Here’s what he had to say about the program:

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Cask-Finished Whiskeys Find Their Niche in the Market

September 25th, 2019

When we opened Bin 110 in Cornelius, North Carolina (just north of Charlotte), we wanted to provide the highest quality beverage offerings across all segments. Admittedly, wine and whiskey hold a special place with us – we consider them kindred spirits, if you’ll pardon the pun!

It’s fascinating how much the nuances in production and maturation shape the complex profiles of wine, whiskey, and their range of expressions, which is something we try to highlight in our offerings at Bin 110. Lately we’ve been impressed by the cask-finished styles that seem to bring out the best of both categories.

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What I Learned This Summer… with Chris Cassaro, 2019 Distillery Intern

August 28th, 2019

Every summer, Moonshine University is proud to offer a competitive internship at our on-campus distillery and spirits education center. For 2019, this opportunity went to the talented Chris Cassaro, a 25-year-old spirits enthusiast and aspiring flavorist. Before his last day on August 30, we asked Chris for feedback on the experience, what he learned this summer, and what he plans to do next.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tequila

July 24th, 2019

With over 300 different characteristics, tequila possesses a depth of flavors and aromas that rival any good spirit. Depending on the unique conditions in which its agave was grown, as well as the techniques utilized in its production, this delightful spirit can range from light and fruity to deep and smokey – and everything in between. That’s why in honor of National Tequila Day, we’re introducing you to 5 things you didn’t know about tequila, brought to you by your Moonshine University educators.

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