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Syllabus

Some elements of Spirit Institute Puget Sound’s curriculum for Craft Distillation: Art & Science, Commerce & Compliance have been emulated by other shortcourses, for which we are very flattered.

Authored by master distiller Rusty Figgins, the workshop’s running order and lectured content are in fact the basis of a time-tested, copyrighted syllabus.  Mr Figgins attracts students from all over the nation and internationally because of his authoritative style, his use of world-class equipment and methodologies, his standing amongst his peers and his access to industry leaders. 

Accept no imitations;  insist on the best, most complete and comprehensive craft distilling curriculum, now being prepared for its 24th session in its eighth year of being offered!  

Over 400 participants have received the Craft Distilling Certificate offered by SIPS, a brilliant and resourceful first step toward establishing their commercial craft distillery.  


Craft Distillation: 
Art & Science, Commerce & Compliance

MONDAY 
9:00 am - 10:30 am: INTRODUCTION to DISTILLING 
presented by Rusty Figgins
Tour of XO Alambic (the Walla Walla area’s newest distillery!)
Classmate Introductions 
Welcome to a New Industry 
History of Distilling 
Distillation as an Art
Distillation as a Science 
Distillation as a Highly Regulated Privilege
10:45 pm - 12:00 pm: DISTILLATION ENGINEERING 
presented by Rusty Figgins 
Methods of Heating 
Reflux and Condensation
The Pot Still 
The Column Still 
The Pot-Column Hybrid Still 
The Continuous, Patent or Coffey Still 
Copper and Stainless Steel, Compared and Contrasted 
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: BREWING CONSIDERATIONS for DISTILLERS
presentation by Teri Fahrendorf of Country Malt / Great Western Malting
Malt Selection
Grain Selection
Adjunct Selection
Yeast Selection 
Brewing for Vodka Production
Brewing for Whisky Production
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  FERMENTATION FUNDAMENTALS 
presented by Rusty Figgins
Grain and Malt Fermentation 
Tuber Fermentation 
Fruit Fermentation 
Molasses and Cane Juice Fermentation
Honey, Sorghum and Agave Syrup Fermentation 
Yeast, Yeast Nutrition, Enzymes and Oxygen Supply
3:15 pm to 5:00 pm:  PUMPS, HOSES and FITTINGS (NEW!)
presented by Rusty Figgins
Choosing a Spirits Pump (one that does it all!)
Choosing Hoses
The Ultimate in Beverage Transfer Fittings

TUESDAY 
9:00 am - 10:45 am:  GAUGING of SPIRITS 
presentation by Jay Skovbjerg of Anton Paar
Weight, Volume and Temperature Method 
Hydrometry Method
Densitometry Method
Gas-Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Method
10:45 am - 11:15 am:  PACKAGING for DISTILLED SPIRITS
presented by Rusty Figgins with Advanced Labels NorthWest material
11:15 am - 12:00 pm: FUNDAMENTALS of FILTER SELECTION for CRAFT DISTILLERS
presented by Rusty Figgins with additional material from Millipore
Activated Carbon Filtration
Membrane Filtration
Plate & Frame Filtration
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: DISTILLATION FUNDAMENTALS 
presented by Rusty Figgins 
Vodka and Flavoured Vodka
Gin and Genever
Rum and Cachaça
Tequila and Mescal
Whisky and Whiskey
Brandy and Eau-de-Vie
Liqueurs and Cordials
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm MATURATION FUNDAMENTALS
presented by Rusty Figgins
Barrel Construction
Barrel Selection
Barrel Care
Maturing Spirits in Barrels
Innovations in Accelerated Spirits Maturation (NEW!)  
7:00 pm: NO-HOST SOCIAL
Woody's Bar & Grill, 214 E Main St, Dayton
"Stump the Chump" ~ $12 for five samples of barrel-aged spirits, tasted 'blind' and debated for class/type;  extra credit for country and producer

WEDNESDAY
9:00 am - 11:00 am: BUSINESS of DISTILLING I
presented by Rusty Figgins
Creative Approaches to Fundraising for Craft Distillers
The Craft Distillery Business Plan
Spirits Sales, Marketing and Distribution
11:00 am:  BUSINESS of DISTILLING II
presented by SIPS Staff
Getting Bartenders to Sell for You
Creating Cocktails with Flair ~ Please Imbibe!
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: BUSINESS of DISTILLING III
presented by Todd Buckley
Social Media Marketing for Craft Distilleries

THURSDAY
9:00 am - 12:00 pm: LICENSING and COMPLIANCE I
presented by Dave Dunbar 
Federal Regulation of the Distilled Spirits Plant (DSP)
Federal DSP Requirements
Physical Plant Requirements for DSPs
Product Integrity Inspections
Record-keeping
Ask a Federal Inspector, off the record
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  LICENSING and COMPLIANCE II
presented by Dave Dunbar
Applying for a WA Craft Distiller License or Distiller/Rectifier License
Applying for a Distillery License in Other States
7:00 pm:  NO-HOST SPIRITS TASTING
Woody's Bar & Grill, 214 E Main St, Dayton
"Is it Whiskey or Whisky?" ~ a world whiskey tutorial ~ $12 for four guided samples

FRIDAY
9:00 am - 11:00 pm: DISTILLATION in PRACTICE I 
presented by Rusty Figgins 
Explanation of Distillation Equipment 
Heating and Cooling Essentials 
Health and Safety Considerations 
Still Construction ~ Kettle, Columns, Condenser et cetera
Charging the Still
Applying Steam Heat
11:00 - 12:00 pm:  STEAM HEAT for CRAFT DISTILLERS
presented by Howard Levens of Northwest Industrial
12:00 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm:  DISTILLATION in PRACTICE II
presented by Rusty Figgins
Actual Distillation Demonstration 
Heads, or Foreshots 
Hearts, or Body Spirits
Tails, or Feints
Final Gauging and Record-Keeping 
Sanitizing the Still
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm:  CLOSING REMARKS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Go Forth with Great Spirit!
Conferration of Awards
Workshop Adjourns
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