Missouri State University - Mountain Grove

Distillation Basics Workshop

Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 - 19, 2016  

Missouri State University Winery and Distillery
Darr School of Agriculture
Mountain Grove Campus

Fruit Processing Lab

You must be at least 21 years old to attend this workshop.

New Still

Registration fee of $400 includes lunches and support materials.

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Program Details

The 2016 Distillation Basics Workshop, May 18 - 19, is designed for those considering or already involved in craft distillation. This workshop will be led by Dr. Karl Wilker, Research Professor and MSU Winery and Distillery Manager, and is limited to 8 participants to provide a personalized learning experience. Lecture and demonstration will be conducted in the distillery at Mountain Grove during the two day training session. Those attending will receive a booklet that covers the lecture information where notes can be taken for future referencing. Lunch and refreshments during breaks are provided each day.

Topics covered include:

  • Basics of the distillation process and equipment
  • Demonstrations will be carried out with a Bavarian Holstein column still with reflux
  • Basics of materials used to make distilled products with emphasis on distilled grape spirits, grappa, eau de vies, and fruit brandies and infusions
  • Using sensory evaluation to determine when to make cuts between the heads, hearts and tails during the distillation process
  • Proofing
  • Tasting of distilled fruit brandies and other products

The Missouri State University Winery is a commercially licensed winemaking and distillation facility located at the State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove. The workshop is offered by the MSU Darr School of Agriculture directed by Dr. Anson Elliott.

The distillation program has produced brandies and liqueurs from grape (Grapeshine, Grappa and neutral spirits), apple, peach, blueberry blackberry and raspberry.

Dr. Karl Wilker
Research Professor of Enology and MSU Winery/Distillery Manager

C. J. Odneal Jr.
Cellar Technician, Mountain Grove, Mo.


Marilyn Odneal
Horticulture and Enology Outreach

Leslie Akers
Workshop Facilitator


Missouri State University
Winery and Distillery
Darr School of Agriculture
Mountain Grove Campus
9740 Red Spring Road
Mountain Grove, MO 65711-2999