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Filtration – One Size Does Not Fit All

Most major distilleries use chill filtration on their flagship whiskeys. Even their “non-chill filtered” whiskeys usually have been filtered with a carbon filtration system. The most economical way of doing this is to decide what works best for your end... Continue Reading →

Malt And American Whiskey

Malt is simply a grain that has been allowed to sprout, and then through adding heat, toasted to stop the process. The grain, when it begins to sprout, creates enzymes that convert the grain’s starch to sugars in order to... Continue Reading →

The Evolution Of The Still

The one piece of equipment that defines the distilling industry is the still. The still has been around for a long time. There are two very interesting papers written on the subject of distillation that discuss the origin of distillation.... Continue Reading →

The Next Big Spirit

I recently saw an article stating that Rum is going to be the “Next Big Spirit”. Writers are always looking for the next big trend in spirits, expecting a phenomenal growth spurt like Bourbon’s growth over the past decade. I... Continue Reading →

Chill Filtration

Chill filtration for spirits is a relatively new process for filtering spirits. It is effective at eliminating the chill haze that happens when unfiltered spirits get cold, such as when served over ice or when a bottle sits in cold... Continue Reading →

Bill And Mike’s Excellent Adventure: Part 3

In December 2017 Bill Thomas and I started a Bourbon Distilling project at Kentucky Artisan Distillery. The barrels were filled on January 4th of 2018. Steve Thompson, the owner, and Jade Peterson, the Distiller, have been wonderful to work with... Continue Reading →

Spirits Of French Lick Distillery: Striving To Make An “Indiana Style” Bourbon

Rosemary and I had an interesting visit to The Spirits of French Licks Distillery. Alan Bishop, The Distiller, has a great pride in his Indiana distilling heritage. His personal goal is to create a Bourbon different from Kentucky Bourbon: an... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Ted Huber And Farm Distilling

Farm Distilleries were common before Prohibition. The excise tax on distilled spirits made them less common after the American Civil War, but they continued to exist up to the beginning of Prohibition. With Repeal came stricter regulations and it became... Continue Reading →

Rabbit Hole Distillery: Louisville’s Newest Distillery

Rabbit Hole Distillery is Louisville’s newest distillery. The ribbon cutting ceremony on the first day of May, Derby Week for us Louisvillians, seems very appropriate. It is the time of the year when people take pleasure in Bourbon, horses and... Continue Reading →

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