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March 31, 2017 AT 5:32 am

@WeAreMakeshop and whiskey making at @TeelingWhiskey in Dublin

We just spent a few days in Dublin and ran across a couple cool makery things.

First, we ran across MakeShop, a part of Trinity College. We stopped in and the staff person was helping two girls build catapults! It felt like an awesome community space. I recommend anyone passing through Dublin check it out.

Later, we visited Teeling Whiskey company to take a factory tour. There we saw first hand the first steps to making whiskey.

Filtering out sugar from barley

An early step in the process is filtering the sugars out of a combination of ground malted and unmalted barley.

The sugary water that results from the filtering process is then combined with yeast. The yeast then ferments the sugar changing it into alcohol and carbon dioxide. These barrels are made from wood from Oregon to impart more flavor to the mixture. Other barrels are stainless for easy maintenance.

factory layout

Here you can see more of the layout, the wood barrels for fermenting in front, stainless steel ones in back and then the copper pots used to distill the water and alcohol mixture. At the end its not Irish whiskey because it still needs to age in smaller aging barrels for at least three years and a day on Irish soil. The gray area on the right is the walkway where the tour goes.

copper pot

A closer look at one of the copper pots used to distill the liquid. Distillation increases the alcohol content and removes impurities.

three copper pots

They have three copper pots they can used to distill the whiskey up to three times. Even if its only done twice it can still be called whiskey.

After the factory there is an aging process. The process is done off-site to prevent another Dublin Whiskey fire.


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