W21 - Multi Column Still Operations Training

R 2,480.00

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A fun day learning how to distil with a multi-column still to get the most from the multi-columns.

Master Principle:

Setting multi-column controls for various spirits and adjusting reflux and ABV for various aromatic levels.

Workshop contents:


  • Welcoming and Introduction of Participants
  • Workshop programme and structure
  • Scope of this workshop
  • Distilling safety

The anatomy of a multi-column still
Distilling methods

  • Selecting vapour paths
  • Impact of number of plates on distillation
  • Continuous releasing
    • Aromatic spirits
    • Neutral spirits

Temperature and abv interpretations

  • Boiler temperatures
  • Vapour temperatures
  • Coolant temperatures
  • Temperature differentials B-V
  • Temperatures and percentage abv relationships

Input variables and their impacts

  • Coolant water flow - main/reflux condenser (dephlegmator)
  • Coolant water flow - spirit condenser
  • Heat input

Practical distillation on multi-column still

  • Participation
  • Filling a still
  • Setting up a still column and coolant flow
  • Starting up and bringing to boil
  • Adjustment when boiling starts
  • Equalising/stabilizing your column
  • The heads
  • Stepped distilling
  • Continuous release distilling
  • Working with CIP (Clean-in-place) features of multi-column stills
  • Shutting down and precautions

Conclusions, Q&A and discussions

Receipt of your payment will confirm your seat reservation for the course. Please note our terms and conditions for training when cancelling a course.

Course Fee Includes:

• Nosing/Tasting of different products from same raw materials
• Use of multi-column still during distillation
• Refreshments during the course (tea, coffee, cool drink, bottled water)
• Light Lunch (Please inform us of any dietary requirements)


• Starts at 08:00 until approximately 17:00 with lunch at 12h00.

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• Distillique Offices in Centurion (View Map)

W21 - Multi Column Still Operations Training

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