The Art + Science of Distilling

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Distilling Operations + Fermentation Workshop Combo


Spend a week in Louisville learning from the industry’s finest. Dive deep into the production side by starting off with three days of advanced training in distillery engineering and operations. Finally, round out your week with a two-day crash course on the wonders of fermentation, where you’ll discover how to optimize your yield. Don’t miss this chance to double your gains!

About Part I: Distilling Operations Course

Prepare to absorb two lifetimes of knowledge in a fraction of the time. Master your craft with this one-of-a-kind, three-day advanced course designed for distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations.

Tap into over 70 years of combined operations experience as the best mentors in the business lead you through the nuances of the entire production process, from boiler to bottling.

Attendees will get to test their knowledge at our on-campus distillery, covering everything from equipment selection, maintenance, and troubleshooting, to best practices in distillate production and product development. We’ll also walk you through energy, resource, and production calculations, proofing and gauging methods, and a live breakdown of distillery site plans. You can also count on exploring evaluation techniques and post-distillation processing, blending, barreling, and bottling procedures.

About Part II: Fermentation

Fermentation is the conversion of sugars into alcohol. In the spirits business, alcohol is synonymous with money, which means the success of your finished product will rely on the efficiency of your fermentation process. This course shows students how to perfect that process, covering a variety of key fermentation considerations and best practices.

In this course, we’ll explore everything from the microbiology and cultivation of yeast, to the stages of its life cycle, paying special attention to how different variables affect the quality and consistency of fermentation in spirits production. Students will leave this course with an extensive understanding of the fermentation process, including how to obtain the optimal yield from every set and how to appropriately address any fermentation challenges that arise.

Who this class is for

This class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; or distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations, and refine their knowledge of fermentation processes.

Your instructors

This class is taught by Pete Kamer, Principal of Distillery Engineering; Randy Allender, Owner and Manager at R. Allender Consulting; and Dr. Patrick Heist, Chief Scientific Officer at Ferm Solutions and Wilderness Trail Distillery.

What you’ll learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on best practices in distillate production, product development, fermentation and yeast performance, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Equipment Selection, Maintenance & Troubleshooting;
  • Energy, Resource & Production Calculations;
  • Proofing and Gauging Methods;
  • Distillery Site Plans;
  • Evaluation Techniques;
  • Post-distillation Processing;
  • Blending, Barreling & Bottling Procedures;
  • Microbiology & Cultivation of Yeast;
  • Yeast Counting & Propagation;
  • Yeast Life Cycle;
  • Bacterial Diagnosis;
  • Grain Processing, Receiving & Storage;
  • Mashing & Milling Operations;
  • Yield Optimization;
  • Fermentation Metrics;
  • Safety & Sanitation.

Get your class on

To ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning, space in this class is limited, so be sure to register soon and reserve your spot!

Tuition includes your 5-day stay at our contracted hotel; all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; an invite to First Round at The Brown networking event; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $6,000

About Moonshine University

Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery. Our facility was created from the ground up to teach new distillers how to get started in the industry, and to teach professional team members how to elevate key aspects of their craft and boost sales. Combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on learning and sensory training, Moonshine University attracts people from all over the world, ensuring every attendee leaves with a complete and comprehensive education and skill set applicable to a variety of spirits and industry related areas.

In 2013, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made Moonshine University their exclusive education provider. With the support of some of the industry’s leading institutions and distilleries, you can be sure that taking a class at Moonshine University will be worth the investment.

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