Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Science Café Field Trip to Journeyman Distillery

Saturday 14 May 2016

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Journeyman Distillery
$10 plus transportation

By Brian Eklov

Our Science Café Field Trip to Journeyman Distilling in Three Oaks, MI took place on May 14, and was attended by fourteen members and guests of the KACS and nine members of the St. Joseph Valley Local Section. We started with a discussion of the history of the facility, which started out as a featherbone corset and buggy whip factory, and then stood empty for decades before a major restoration effort turned it into a distillery. We then toured their production space, which currently includes a 1000 gallon still which they run for two twelve hour runs each day to collect about 25 gallons of spirit a day! We had a great discussion about the heads, hearts, and tails of the distillation run, and many of us were both amazed and disappointed to find out that all of their analytical chemistry in analyzing their cuts is done by taste! We ended our visit by tasting many of their fourteen bottled spirits, learning a little about proper tasting along the way.

Photos courtesy of Andre Venter and Tom Runge