Enhancing Your Brewery Experience through Distilling

Enhancing Your Brewery Experience through Distilling

What exactly is distilling… and how do brewers do it? The co-founder, master distiller, and all-around good guy breaks it down into six simple areas of overlap.

First, you need to know the facts. Distilling is the process of fermenting a liquid solution of sugar with yeast to create alcohol. By slowly boiling this, you evaporate the alcohol and condense it back into liquid form.

What makes distillation closely related to brewing is the fermentation/heating/cooling process. This allows us to examine the similarities step by step…

The brewery is already equipped to handle many of the elements required for a distilling operation.

Open spaces for production

Drainage systems

Barrel/finished product warehousing

Shipping & receiving

Industrial finishes

Regulatory considerations

The mechanical heart of a distillery is very similar to that of a brewery.



Domestic and processed water piping & storage

Recycling & conservation opportunities

Brewers have advantages over startup distilleries

Your existing brewing equipment is often not only functional in a distillery but can be superior.



Pumps & hoses

Clean in place

Sanitary considerations

As brewers, you already know more about fermentation than many distillers.

Fermentation times, curves, yeast & temperatures

Mashing & lautering (Scotch Whiskey technique)

Ingredient sources


Sanity considerations

Some things breweries will need to address…


Mash cooler/pumps (certain fermentables)

Fermentation capacity

Explosion-proof pumps

Bottle filling equipment


Water usage/cooling

Small community (home distilling is illegal in the U.S.)

ACE distillery equipment

While both generally regulated by the same entities, distilleries have different rules than breweries.

Bonded areas

Tax reporting

Control states

Retail limitations

Labeling & marketing

Alcohol measurement

Fire suppression

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