Short course

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling launches a short course on gin production

This course gives distillers the knowledge and techniques essential for producing exceptional gin.

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), the most widely recognised provider of technical education in the distilling industry, has launched a brand new, self-assessed and on demand technical course on Gin Production.

The Gin Production course is the latest in a hugely popular series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses for distillers. It is aimed at distillers working in distilleries of all sizes, who want to produce exceptional gin, consistently and at minimum cost.

The course provides essential knowledge and best practice for gin production at a commercial scale. It introduces the all-important gin botanicals and the unsung hero, neutral spirit. It provides an in-depth review of the current knowledge of gin flavour and the methods and technologies that can be used to optimise it in the distillery. It also explains how to assess and analyse gin and its ingredients.

This course has been developed in collaboration with leading distillers and spirits experts. These include:

  • Kirsty Black – Master Distiller, Arbikie Distillery
  • Chris Hepple – Head of Operations, Hepple Spirits Company
  • Meeghan Murdock – Distiller and Spirits Consultant
  • Hugh Holds – Distiller, Sensory Scientist and PhD Student
  • Renaldo Fourie – Master Distiller, DGB(Pty) Ltd.
  • Abhishek Banik – Head Distiller, Copper Rivet Distillery

The Gin Production course provides the same technical excellence found in all IBD qualifications, without needing to take a formal exam. 

The course includes a downloadable PDF with technical information such as:

  • A summary of the key points of the course
  • Descriptors of all the important gin and botanical flavour compounds
  • Key calculations for gin production
  • An overview of stills and still operation
  • Guidance on a structured approach to gin recipe development

The course features text, videos, animations, quizzes, and online games to help enhance learning. At the end of the course, learners receive a Certificate of Completion.

On this announcement, Stuart Howe, Technical and Development Manager, explains:

“This is the world’s first course providing in-depth scientific and technical information specifically about gin production. It is written in collaboration with experts in the field and with the technical rigour and accuracy that you expect from the IBD. If you want to optimise your gin production process or add a brilliant gin to your product portfolio, then this is the course for you!”