Distillery Apprenticeship

Update posted by Sean Stark On Mar 07, 2013

Today was my first day working second shift in the distillery. Last week, for the majority of it I ran the still myself, spent some time in the brewhaus learning more about mashing, lautering/sparging, etc. I did a LOT of cleaning of the various bright tanks, fermentation tanks, whirlpools, etc. It was at times fun and other times not exciting at all. Caustic is now my friend—not really.

This week I've done a bunch of the barreling, stripping runs, cleaning, etc. and even spent some time learning the tax process. There's still a lot to learn there. It's the govt. after-all and things have to be complicated and convoluted.... It's like rule # 540.68-D that states: "If the govt. is going to do something, anything, it must be made difficult in order to create value for our work. If it's difficult it must be important therefore those who do and enforce said such policies must also be important." Or something like that.

You cannot believe how much YOU and I pay in taxes for spirits....It's no wonder they don't want people producing their own!!!

Anyway, this week was my first second shift. Not terribly exciting. Got a tank CIP'd (cleaned), Got 11 barrels down with the Bourbon we finished running yesterday, cleaned the whirlpool that we proofed in, got the barrels stacked and out of the way, cleaned up some totes, and things like that. Doing the final rinse on the still right now then I'll clean up the little odds and ends, lock up and head out. 

If you've helped during this process to support my family during this time I cannot thank you enough. There's been a lot of people who have given offline as well and that's why the amount has continued to change.

All I can say is thank you!

Sincerely,
Sean

Distillers Apprentice :) 

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Mar 02, 2013

Well this past week Brad, the lead distiller at the New Holland Campus, was on vacation. Soooo, that meant I ran the still 4 out of 5 days myself, doing stripping runs on Bourbon. I also did a ton of cleaning and gave a good shot at doing inventory. That was a bit of a process. It was a busy week to be sure.

Also spent a day in the Brewhaus learning the craft of mashing, and use of mash/lauter tuns, etc. Of course, the guys were gracious enough to me to teach about grist, mashing, lautering/sparging, cooking, the heat exchanger, pitching yeast, etc. It's pretty interesting. Lots and lots to learn there.

Good week, though I was ready for it to end with all the extra cleaning that I did and since it was soooo quiet in the stillhouse by myself.

Thanks to everyone who has helped support my family during this endeavor.

 

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Feb 25, 2013

If you're curious as to why the amount has gone down, it's because some people have chosen to give gifts "offline" rather than online through this account. As that has happened I've updated the total. I'm not looking to get rich, just get us back on track and help my family.

I sincerely appreciate all of the help that people have provided. It has been sustaining and impactful. Words cannot describe the value of your support. 

Thank you,

Sean

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Feb 20, 2013

I've been documenting all of this process and posting the images here: 

http://instagram.com/silatjunkie 

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Feb 19, 2013

Today marks the end of my second full week of work. It's been very busy and I've learned a lot. I know there is so much more to learn and want to get there.

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Feb 09, 2013

The first few days of work have come and gone. It's been a good few days. Lot's of learning. LOT'S of hard work—the kind at the end of the day that has your body done. Distilling is good work.

Check this site for photo updates: http://instagram.com/silatjunkie 

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Feb 05, 2013
In spite of the dread of cold and the snow and ice on the roads I made it up to Holland. Tmrw marks my first day in the apprenticeship.
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Update posted by Sean Stark On Feb 03, 2013

I'm freaking out! Lot's to do but going constantly the past few days. So many more things that I wanted to get done but it's not happening.

Still some time tmrw morning but... time's running out. 

I've been able to update the amount that I need because some people have provided for us "offline!" All of your help has been amazing. Appreciating it very much. Certainly helps in a time of uncertainty to know that my family will be provided for in my absence—Not just financially—but friends who've regularly said "if you need anything, don't hesitate to call."

Thank you.

Sean

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Jan 30, 2013

For those who are curious, my departure date will be Monday the.....4th. Arriving probably late on the 5th and my start date is the 6th.

Completely freaked out.

NOT looking forward to the cold.

NOT looking forward to leaving the family.... or friends.... or florida... at all.... (All F's)

TTYL

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Update posted by Sean Stark On Jan 28, 2013

I know that this distillery will be branded as a New Holland Brewing venture. I'm hoping to be involved in some of those decisions but either way, I have hopes that someday this will be my distillery:

A logo for Numbskull Distillery ©2012

In the meantime, support New Holland Brewing. They aren't in Florida yet but they will be soon. One state at a time and they are currently in GA.

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Bill and Leah Coersmeyer

Backed with $50.00 On Mar 14, 2013

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I hope it works out!

mcsigns3

Backed with $25.00 On Mar 06, 2013

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I WILL be expecting Whiskey out of this...LOL!!! Keep fighting the Good Fight, Brother!

Hugo

Backed with $100.00 On Mar 02, 2013

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love you bro!!!

keoni

Backed On Feb 25, 2013 Amount Hidden

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Best of luck on your new endeavor Guru!!

Windy

Backed On Feb 22, 2013 Amount Hidden

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Aaron

Backed with $55.00 On Feb 22, 2013

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Lisa Allen

Backed with $100.00 On Feb 21, 2013

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Thanks everyone! Your support is really a blessing.

Sean Stark

Posted On Feb 20, 2013

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Billc.

Backed with $25.00 On Feb 20, 2013

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Hope all is going well and this works out for you, even though we wish we could have you back in sunny Florida! Bear

Bear

Backed with $250.00 On Feb 17, 2013

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