Bourbon Distillery Safety Training Needs Assessment

Dr. Tanya Dvorak, UK Principal Extension Specialist, is conducting a Bourbon Distillery Safety Training Needs Assessment research study in Kentucky to identify on-the-job continuing education needs.

The results of this survey will provide her and the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP) with the top three safety trainings identified so they might host safety trainings this summer for KY distillation professionals.

Please help with this important assessment that will take approximately 10 minutes to respond to the questions.

Take the survey

Thank you for your help with this important study!

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Academic Articles

Production of Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitizer in Breweries During the COVID-19 Crisis

Euan L. Thomson and Andrew R. Bullied

The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 has overwhelmed health systems, created economic turmoil, and disrupted supply chains around the world. One of the earliest and most severe supply chain disruptions occurred in alcohol-based hand sanitizer, a critical resource in combating the spread of coronaviruses. Many breweries and distilleries quickly arrived at the same conclusion: their facilities could produce hand sanitizer to help mitigate viral transmission in their communities while sustaining revenues through the crisis. With bureaucracies at all levels of government caught off guard, they were not able to give clear direction to businesses to make this pivot, leaving businesses to find their own way through various regulatory mazes. This manuscript describes the means taken by the brewing and distilling community in Alberta, Canada, that facilities can replicate to get high-quality hand sanitizers to market safely and efficiently.

View full article on the MBAA website.

Used by permission. © Master Brewers Association of the Americas

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Wood Diagnostics

The Wood Team provides Kentucky’s spirits industry with assessment and solutions for wood issues associated with cooperage and rick houses. The team, composed of University of Kentucky wood specialists and entomologists, addresses problems ranging from stave and barrel production to wood management, in new and existing rickhouses.

Water Resources

The Institute takes a holistic approach to water management by creating models that link all practices and examining ways in which they can be improved. Upstream agricultural practices that affect water quality are being identified, the reuse of distillery condensate and the capture of rickhouse water is under investigation, and state-level initiatives to address watershed issues are being established.

The White Oak Initiative

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, there are 1.5 bourbon barrels for every person living in the state – a total of 6,657,063 barrels. These remarkable figures indicate the extent of the demand for white oak timber. Institute researchers are leading efforts to improve our understanding of white oak genetics and best management practices.