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American Distilling Institute Distilling Research Grant Funded

 

“A Novel Real Time Quantitative Analytical Spectroscopy Technique for Analyzing All the Congeners Emerging from a Distillation Process” by Robin Felder, PhD in collaboration with Vitae Spirits Distillery, Ragged Branch Distillery, Silverback Distillery, and the University of Virginia Chemistry Department

 

Robin Felder, Ph.D. founder and proprietor of Monte Piccolo Farm and Distillery and collaborators will receive a $6,400 grant on their proposal to analyze samples of distilled spirits using Fast Fourier Molecular Rotation Spectroscopy (FFMRS), a new method of chemical analysis that is less expensive and labor intensive than Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (GCMS). The new technology uses microwaves to accurately and quickly determine chemical structures. Dr. Felder said, “It is relatively little known since it takes time for novel instrumentation to penetrate existing markets. Our preliminary work in my distillery has demonstrated unequivocally that it brings hard data to the art of distilling.”

 

Normally, what makes it into beverage alcohol versus what is disposed of (the “cut”) is made at sensory discretion of the distiller. The cut can vary greatly based on the olfactory acuity of the distiller and the content of the fermentation from batch to batch. Distillers would appreciate an objective measure of their distilling skills, or to improve their distilling skills such as when and how much offensive compounds like acetaldehyde, methanol, butanol are emerging from their process and when and how much pleasant compounds are emerging. We have been researching methods to measure molecules in the distillation vapor before and immediately after it emerges from the still. Traditional analytical methods are either not sufficiently definitive (gas chromatography), too expensive and laborious (mass spectrometry), or haven’t been invented yet. When FFMRS is adapted to distillation craft distillers will have a relatively inexpensive new tool to aid in quality control and development of new products.

 

 

 

American Distilling Institute Distilling Research Grant Funded

 

“A Novel Real Time Quantitative Analytical Spectroscopy Technique for Analyzing All the Congeners Emerging from a Distillation Process” by Robin Felder, PhD in collaboration with Vitae Spirits Distillery, Ragged Branch Distillery, Silverback Distillery, and the…

Award: Best Rum-Best Gin- Best Specialty Spirit

By Ian Glomski on November 04 2018

Wow! Big news! Drink Magazine recently polled its readers to find out who they thought were the top beverage makers in Virginia.

Vitae Spirits Distillery won three awards!
Best Rum
Best Gin
Best Specialty Spirit

(for our Golden Rum)

THANK…

Another medal for Vitae Spirits! Our Modern Gin won a bronze at the American Craft Spirits Association Judging 2017. Some comments from the judges:

“Unique and welcoming”

“Harmonious & Well-balanced”

“Team effort- nice harmony and flavor”

“Very interesting aromatics; good use of cane…

We are proud to announce that Platinum Rum brought Vitae Spirits it’s first medal in a national competition. A bronze!

Award Post: Virginia’s Finest

By Ian Glomski on January 07 2016

The New Year is starting off looking bright!

Not only did we receive a Virginia’s Finest certification for our Platinum Rum (white rum), but we also got word from the the state liquor board (the ABC) that they will start selling Platinum Rum in 20 of their stores April 1st….