Whether you are a connoisseur of craft distilled spirits seeking to further your knowledge or an entrepreneur wishing to start and operate your own Craft Distillery, the Canadian Craft Distilling Institute will provide you the opportunity to learn the art, science and business of Craft Distilling. Our workshops are comprised of a unique blend of classroom time and hands-on experience.
Urban Distilleries operates an award-winning Distillery in West Kelowna, B.C., Canada having one 600 litre Arnold Holstein still with rectification capabilities as well as a 300 litre pot still. Urban Distilleries uses primarily B.C. grain and fruit ingredients to produce vodka, flavoured vodkas, gins, eau de vies as well as whisky style products.
Spending 4 days inside a working distillery will answer all your alcohol-related questions.
Over the first 3 days:
- you will start off with a brief overview of the Microbiology principles behind alcohol creation
- you will learn about the critical importance of distillery cleaning and sanitation
- you will learn about water, its role in making beverage alcohol and how to adjust water chemistry
- you will learn about the raw materials that a distiller can use to create beverage alcohol
- you and your classmates will create small-scale grain mashes using both malted grain and un-malted grain using laboratory equipment
- you will learn about the yeast cell and the fermentation cycle as you add yeast to your mashes
- you will learn about the equipment that a craft distiller uses to make alcohol
- you and your classmates will watch as the Distiller prepares a full-size, 1200-liter grain mash
- you will learn in detail about the distillation process and Raoult’s Law
- you will use 20 L copper pot stills in the laboratory to distill fermented grain mash
- you and your classmates will watch the Distiller as he operates the 600-liter Arnold Holstein still
- you will engage in proofing 95% alcohol down to a drinkable strength such as 40% using a hydrometer, a thermometer, and the Canadian Excise Tables
The focus will be on Gin. Working in small groups, you will engage in creating your very own Gin recipe and then distilling that recipe into Gin. The botanical knowledge from this Gin experience will turn you from a mere Gin drinker into a Gin connoisseur. No question about it. These 4 intense days will leave you with loads of knowledge that will serve you well, no matter what your future goals are.
About the Course Instructor
In 2014 Malcolm Bucholtz decided to get deeper involved in the growing craft distilling sector. He wrote the Certificate in Distilling exam from the U.K.-based Institute for Brewing & Distilling. After completing his exam, he decided to create Prohibition University so he could teach others about brewing and distilling. In late 2014 he was invited to deliver a workshop at Urban Distilleries in Kelowna, BC. This event morphed into what would be 6 years of repeated workshops at Urban Distilleries. In 2017, Mr. Bucholtz decided to take a deeper dive into distillation science. While still offering courses at Urban Distillery, he began travelling back and forth to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue his M.Sc. degree studies. In October 2020 he was officially awarded his M.Sc. degree in Brewing & Distilling. He is the author of Field to Flask – Fundamentals of Small Batch Distilling, and The Recipe – Reviving the Lost Art of Home Distilling.