Stephen Shellenberger, the Bostonapothecary, is announcing 2018 as the year of the distillery analysis lab and is committed to bringing 10 years of paper research to life.
This has always been a rickety blog, but hopefully I can polish it up and make it increasingly useful to distillers and other beverage professionals that pass through. Somehow the Bostonapothecary has become a leading source of advanced educational material for distillers.
Currently my big project is bringing Rafael Arroyo’s beloved bi-rectifier glass laboratory still to life. I found a very old engineers drawing of it and contracted a glass company to build a prototype. Sadly, the design is complicated and already needed some reworking to be made more contemporary (optimize thermometers, reduce hold up before condenser). I found a great local glass man and we are also working on reviving some glassware used by Seagrams for gin analysis as well. All of these apparatuses will eventually be available as kits in the Bostonapothecary store as well as backed by supporting material including video.