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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:17 am

We were at Schouten's this morning and installed the still and did a cleaning and training run.

Yesterday we shipped another still to an existing customer who's gin is a great commercial success. If you are interested to see more (of the shipping), here it is:

https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/0 ... roduction/

Just later this afternoon my crew finished building up another two stills. One will go to the USA, the other one to Belgium. I'll do the testing myself tomorrow and they should leave the iStill Factory the day after.

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:23 am

Building a 5000 liter / 1300 gallon iStill ...

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby madspeed » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:45 pm

wow, coolness!
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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:09 am

Glad you like it, Mad!

I am currently in Scotland. Past few days I have build up a gin and rum distillery in Dundee. Today, traveling north, I visited Katie & Neil, who are starting up in the Speyside area. Just a few hours ago, I arrived at Dornoch Caslte, in the Scottish highlands, where they use two iStills 2000 NextGen to make both gin and single malt whisky. The gin is actually also single malt. Amazing stuff. And I get to work with Philip and Simon tomorrow on further developing both the gin and whisky making procedures.

Here's a short video:

https://www.facebook.com/odiniStill/vid ... 7383603662

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:39 am

Do you want to see more about us setting up the Dornoch Distillery? Please click on the following link: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/0 ... tillery-2/

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby dieselduo » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:01 am

Outstanding ! :ebiggrin:
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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:25 am

While I am driving back from Scotland, work in Woerden continuous. We have a new 3 day workshop planned for the end of March. Open for registration now, via the website. Andwe are building another series of iStills 5000 NextGen.

Here's a picture of Bob (7 feet tall) standing next to one of the boilers.

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:37 am

Heavy lifting!

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby bship » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:00 am

Odin wrote:Do you want to see more about us setting up the Dornoch Distillery? Please click on the following link: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/0 ... tillery-2/

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Love that fourth pic. The old and new all together.
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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:35 am

Can you guess on what machine they make the single malt and on which one they make the gin?

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby bship » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:52 pm

Ok, I will take a shot.... The new rig does the gin....
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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:05 pm

Thanks! Always nice to see someo others post in what's otherwise pretty much a monoloque.

Yeah, they make the gin in there. But also the single malt. In fact, they make everything with the iStill.

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:50 am

Some info on direct boiler cooling for mashing and fermenting:

https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/0 ... t-cooling/

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Fart Vader » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:25 am

Odin wrote:Thanks! Always nice to see someo others post in what's otherwise pretty much a monoloque.


It might seem like a monologue, but it's really because everyone watching is so mesmerized that words simply can't express our amazement at what you are accomplishing.

Looks to me like business is really picking up. Hat's off to you Odin.
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P.S keep the posts coming, I never miss one.
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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:11 am

Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. And thanks for the kudos as well!

Yeah, business is good. I originally designed my new factory to be able to push out almost anything. Up to 50.000 liters of boiler capacity per week. The assembly hall on the other hand has a more "realistic" proportion and was designed to do four stills per week. That's becoming a bottle neck. Right now we are building up not four, but 7 units at the same time, with five more coming in next week ...

But it's fun. Wouldn't have thought to make my hobby into a living, and living my life as if a dream. And it all started with my wife telling me: "If you think you know so much about it, and if you spend like 40 hours a week on those so-called forums ... maybe you should find a way to make it your profession." Before that ... it was hobby (distilling) at the one side of my life and on the other, separated by a big, tall wall, my work (change management). That remark of her tore down the wall and started this mess.

Second "distillers" life changer was my pneumonia from last year. As a (very) high energy kind of guy, working 100 hours a week at the speed of light ... that put me with my feet back on the ground. Today, I hire more staff, delegate more to my management team, and ask myself with every little thing that comes my way: is this fun? Because that's what wealth is about: to be able to do what you love to do.

Okay, enough philosophy for one night. I am going to light up another cigar and maybe take a glass of white dog. Skip the maybe. Speak to y'all soon.

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby The Baker » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:44 pm

Fart Vader wrote:
Odin wrote:Thanks! Always nice to see someo others post in what's otherwise pretty much a monoloque.


It might seem like a monologue, but it's really because everyone watching is so mesmerized that words simply can't express our amazement at what you are accomplishing.

Looks to me like business is really picking up. Hat's off to you Odin.
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P.S keep the posts coming, I never miss one.



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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:18 pm

Thanks Baker!

Tomorrow we'll have people arriving from all over the world for our new 3-day workshop on distilling (and mashing and fermenting). From Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, USA and Italy. I may forget a country. Together with my trainer Nick we'll dive into our theories on distilling, designing your distillery, and designing your own drinks. We'll start with theory and a strip/whiskey run on Friday. On Saturday we'll dive into and make vodka and two varieties of gin. On Sunday its all going to be about making taste rich product and we'll be making rum that day. Dinner Friday evening, Some pro distillers present Sunday afternoon to answer practical questions.

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:05 am

Big meets small. iStill 5000 NextGen next to an iStill 100 NextGen boiler ...

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby OtisT » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:01 pm

Sweet looking stills Odin. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby Odin » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:29 pm

Thanks Otis!

We are organizing a new 3-day workshop in Utah in early May.

https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/0 ... g-in-utah/

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Re: iStill NextGen

Postby BDF » Wed May 10, 2017 6:54 am

Love the optimism and positivity in this thread....and all the pics.

I'm kinda curious about how you described direct cooling though, what exactly is 'direct' about it, is it actually injecting cold water into the mash/wash?
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