Fermentation Workshop

Course Overview

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

Whether you’re a seasoned distiller or newbie to the business, this class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; production team members or lab technicians seeking to refine their skills and expand their knowledge; or anyone else interested in learning more about the distilling process and industry as a whole.


Your Instructors

This course is taught by Melanie Heist, Lab Manager at Ferm Solutions.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on the fermentation process and the distilling profession as a whole, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • 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

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $1,495

**Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from Day 1 to the last day of class. The Early Bird deadline is 3 weeks before the first day of class.


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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