Distilling in Australia

Information to help you plan, start and grow your distillery.

Can you run a distillery by yourself?

This is a brilliant question to ask and working through all the likely jobs you will need to do once you’re up and going will help. So what will I be doing once I open my distillery doors? There are about 10 jobs straight up that you will need to think about doing. Let’s run through them...


How long does it take to establish a distillery?

The magic number This is one of those ‘how long is a piece of string?’ questions. The time it takes to set up a commercial distillery may be as short as one year or as long as five depending on how dedicated you are to set it up. Most people who have built their own distilleries have been...


What is distilling?

The science Distilling is the process of separating the components of a liquid mixture by boiling it to produce vapour and then condensing the vapour and collecting it. It both a science and an art. When we’re talking about whisky, distilling usually occurs in pot stills, and when the vapour...


Is distilling as romantic as it seems?

The romance Imagine yourself. In your distillery, standing at the still and checking the flow of liquid, the gentle trickle the only sound in your peaceful distillery. You look around and admire your year’s work, a beautiful sea of filled casks. You take a sip of your spirit, take a deep...


When to get technical distilling training

If you have been thinking about starting your own distilling business, and you don’t already have an experience doing so, you have probably also wondered about the technical skills of actually producing spirit. So when is the right time to ‘get technical’ and how do you go about skilling...


Getting your head around buying a still

If you have ever thought of distilling you have probably also thought quite a bit about what sort of still to buy. Or potentially you want to get into distilling, but you have no idea what still to buy. Either way, starting to think about your shiny piece of spirit producing gear is a critical...