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Fundamentals of Distilling  

Course Overview

This course is suitable for all non-technical personnel employed within the Distilling Industry who would benefit from background knowledge in distilling production, (sales, marketing, HR, finance) or anyone who has just started a technical career within the distilling industry.

The course content is as follows:
  • Raw Materials
  • Fermentation Theory, with an evening event focused on tasting and styles
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Distillation Technology Batch and Continuous
  • Specific Production Details for: Malt and Grain Whisk(e)y, Brandy, Rum, Gin and Vodka
  • Maturation and Blending
  • Packaging
  • Distillery Co-products
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Quality Process Control
  • Quality & Flavor
  • Quality Hygiene and Cleaning Systems
  • Plant Maintenance Philosophy
  • Health and Safety
  • Distilling and the Environment

Why should you attend?
  • You will receive a thorough grounding in the Technology and Art of distillation.
  • The course includes field visits to two local distilleries.
  • An introduction to the consumer aspects of distilling.
  • Sessions on styles and blending.
  • Complete with a closing night dinner extolling the virtues of the wide variety of spirits.
  • City & Guilds Accredited Examination and Certificate.

Ideal for professionals working in the following sectors:
  • The Production of Spirits.
  • The Technical Aspects of Distillation.
  • The Distilling Supply Chain as Suppliers.
  • Non-technical roles within the distilling industry (HR, Finance, Sales, and Logistics.)

Exam Information
The Fundamentals of Distilling exam takes the form of one two-hour multiple choice exam consisting of 50 questions. The pass mark is set at 66%. Candidates with a score of 66%-79% will receive a 'Pass'. Candidates scoring over 80% achieve a 'Credit' pass while those attaining 90% or more are awarded a 'Distinction' pass.

The Fundamentals of Distilling examination has City & Guilds accreditation at Level 2 of the National Qualification Framework in the UK (or equivalent internationally recognized standards).


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