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Oak Ageing of Alcohol

Valuable Insights for a future craft distiller
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 8m
Language: English
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A craft distiller seeking to make whisky, rum or brandies will be faced with the daunting challenge of ageing the distillate in an oak barrel. What is wood made of? Why are barrels for the spirits industry made of oak? How are oak barrels made? What reactions occur to the alcohol in the oak barrel during ageing? Where does a craft distiller get oak barrels? Should barrels be new or used? This course aims to answer these questions and many more for the potential future craft distiller who wants to learn about oak barrel ageing.

You will learn

✓ For people interested in perhaps one day launching a craft distillery business, this Course provides valuable insight into the ageing of alcohol in oak barrels, including the structure of oak wood, how barrels are made and how the chemical processes that occur in a barrel help create taste and character.


• No specific requirements

This course is for

• Entrepreneurs interested in perhaps one day launching a craft distillery business.
Craft Distilling Consultant
Malcolm Bucholtz B.Sc., MBA has been making beer, wine and mead for over 30 years. In 2014, he completed the General Certificate in Distilling from the UK-based Institute for Brewing and Distilling (IBD) which propelled him headlong into the world of distilled spirits. Malcolm has gained a reputation in Canada for teaching in-person distillery courses to entrepreneurs interested in one day launching a craft distillery. He has also assisted numerous start-up craft distilleries with business plan development, recipe formulation, and contract distilling services. He is in the final stages of fulfilling the requirements for his M.Sc. in Brewing & Distilling from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, it is not currently possible to deliver in-person distillery courses. Malcolm has taken all the presentation content from his in-person training courses and re-formatted it for delivery on-line.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 8m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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