W1 - ONLINE Fruit based Spirits (Brandy - Mampoer - Etc)

R 1,500.00

R 1,500.00
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This online course will enable you to utilise and Fruit as a Raw Material for either your final Product (in the case of a Brandy or Eau de Vie Style Product) or for your base spirit (in the case of a contemporary Gin).

PLEASE NOTE: The C1 - Introduction to Distilling Course, or any other Distillation Course done in the past, is a prerequisite for attendance to this course.

Learners from outside South Africa:

To ship your printed course manual 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:

During the Course you will cover in-depth the following Master Principles, both in theory and practice:

  • Fractional Distillation - Selecting Desired and Undesired Aroma's and Tastes during Distillation
  • Sensory Analysis - Training and Using your sense of Taste and Smell
  • Spirit Blending - Mixing Spirits in a Scientific and Controlled fashion in order to create repeatable Recipes and Processes
  • Dilution - Dilution of Spirits down to Legal Minimum Strength

Course Contents

Brandy and Mampoer (Eau de Vie) Overview

  • Difference between Brandy and Mampoer
  • Legislation regarding Brandy and Mampoer
  • Discussion on the future of Brandy and Mampoer in South Africa
  • History of Brandy and Mampoer
  • Regional Differences of Fruit Based Spirits
  • The Cultural Distillers Guild
  • Brandy and Mampoer Methodology


Unique Aspects of Fruit Based Fermentations

  • Fruit Selection and Preparation
  • Open vs Closed Fermentations
  • Fermentation Management
  • Clarification Techniques

PRACTICAL - Making a Fruit Based Fermentation

Fractional Distillation Overview

  • Fractional or Precision Distillation

PRACTICAL - Distilling a Fruit Based Fermentation

PRACTICAL - Sensory Analysis of Heads and Tails

Spirit Enhancement in Brandy and Mampoer

  • Techniques Relevant to Brandy and Mampoer

PRACTICAL - Blending of Selected Fractions and Dilution

PRACTICAL - Obscuration and Wooding of Spirits with Sensory Analysis


Course Fees include:

  • Course Material in printed format couriered to you.
  • Access to our video-based online training platform for 90 days
  • Access to the discussion forums (with each lesson where applicable) to share information with other course attendees
  • Access to download the presentation slides for each lesson (where applicable)

Once we received your payment, you will receive an email with an online training link to start your course.

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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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
John Elliot
W1 Course

Very very good course I'm learning so much of my passion distilling

Addey Janse van Rensburg
Thank You

Thank You for the content, loved it ALL, one suggestion, would love to see practical done with grapes, for those wanting to do pot stilled or normal brandy, specifically... i.e. best grapes to use, harvesting, juicing, treatment, aging, enhancement etc. etc. (Still rate the course a 5 irrespective)

Chris Faure
W1 Brandy & Mampoer - done!

I have now done C1 (introduction to distilling), W1 (brandy / mampoer) and W4 (gin). The practical sessions were very useful. I would suggest that the slides be included in the course manual, as that will give you one place to make notes. It definitely helped to have done this course after I already tried a number of runs on my own, and after I made some mistakes. The course highlighted my mistakes and put me on the right track.

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