C1 - ONLINE - Introduction to Distilling (Distilling Theory)

R 880.00

NOW AS AN ONLINE VIDEO BASED COURSE - Previously a 1-day classroom based course.

Obtain a complete Theoretical Overview of Fermentation, Distillation and Spirit Enhancement during a (typical) one day Theoretical Class.

PLEASE NOTE: C1 is a prerequisite for all our other Spirit Related and Still Operations courses, except C10 - Comprehensive Distilling and W4 - Gin and Botanicals.

It is not required for courses relating to Fermentation, Essential Oils or, Fruit Wine Making but it is recommended for Vacuum Distillation Training, as well as our Craft Distilling Business Course.

NOTE: You have 3 months access to complete the course - after that extensions are available on a month to month basis.


R 880.00
Terms & conditions

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This course is now online and available form our Internet learning platform.

Learners from outside South Africa:

To ship your printed course manual (i.e. more than 700 pages on C10) to your physical address, it costs us quite a bit more.

Please use this link for ordering the course on the international platform and to pay through PayPal.

Learners inside South Africa and Namibia:

Once we receive your payment, a printed course manual will be couriered to you with a voucher number (local in South Africa) and a link where you can start your online training.

This course will allow you to understand and be familiar with the basics of distilling, know the terminology that it used, learn about different types of stills and much more.

Course Contents

Spirit Production Overview

  • Alcoholic Beverages, Feedstocks and Method Examples
  • The Role of Geographical Naming Differences
  • Legislation for Home Distilling
  • Legislation for Commercial Distilling
  • Safety during Distilling
  • Responsible Drinking

Fermentation Overview

  • Fermentable and Non-Fermentable Sugars
  • Starch Conversion
  • Types and Roles of Enzymes in Distillation Fermentations
  • Congener Formation and Control
  • Fermentation Components
  • Sugar Measurements and Sugar Calculations
  • Yeast and Yeast Requirements
  • Successful and Failed Fermentations - Trouble Shooting and Fixing

Distillation Overview

  • What is Distillation?
  • Distillation Physics
  • Use of the Phase Diagram during Distillation
  • Development of Still Types
  • The Role of Copper in Stills
  • Heads, Hearts, Tails and other Fractions
  • Effect of Boiling Rate on Fractions
  • Fractional Distillation or Precision Distillation
  • Spirit Enhancement
  • Simple Enhancement Techniques
  • Enhancement by Removal

Enhancement Overview

  • Enhancement by Addition
  • Enhancement by Removal
  • Enhancement by Transformation

Course Fees include:

  • Printed course manual couriered to you
  • Downloadable presentation slides)
  • Access to the learning platform with access to the full set of training videos

You would require:

  • Good Internet connection
  • Preferably a laptop or desktop PC with sound to view the videos (Smartphone screen just too small)
  • Pen and paper to take your own notes
  • You can pause, rewind and replay a video to make sure you do not miss an important part.

Please Note:

Unfortunately none of the online courses can be canceled after a voucher number or link has been emailed to you.

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