Biodynamic®/Organic Ethyl Alcohol
Marian Farmhouse Spirits were created for discriminating artisans, craftsmen, chemists and purveyors who demand all-natural, clean, pure and chemical-free Biodynamic® and Organic grape ethyl alcohol for their products. Crafting fine spirits is at the core of our mission and our motto: ‘From our soil to your glass’. Our farmhouse distillates embody the true meaning of artisanship: hand-crafted with care – never filtered, never manipulated.
All our grape high-proof alcohol is produced on farm. The grapes are harvested and crushed within twenty-four hours. The crushed grapes are pressed and the juice is immediately pumped into fermenters. Once in the fermenter, we wait for the natural process of fermentation to spontaneously start on its own. We never use added yeasts or protein packs in the fermentation process. All fermentation takes place with natural on-farm, indigenous yeast, staying true to Biodynamic principles. Once the juice has been converted to alcohol, the resultant wine is then pumped to holding tanks and await their first stripping run through a cooper pot still. We run the wine through the still as it becomes available and store the ‘low wines’, or stripping runs, until all the wines have been distilled.
Once the wine making season of the year is complete and all wines have been distilled into ‘low wines’, then the stripping run alcohol is put through the still a second time. The second time through the still, more impurities and off-flavors are removed, with the final spirit presenting itself at an average of 85-90% alcohol, or 170-180 proof. Each year the alcohol results are slightly different depending on the nature of the year. Once the distillation is complete in late winter/early spring, all ethyl (high proof) alcohol is blended together, a sample is taken, sent to a third-party lab, and an analysis is provided.
Unlike many other ethyl alcohol producers, our still is designed for craft spirits: brandy, liqueur, rum, etc., thus we are not able to, nor do we want to, remove all residual flavors from the finished alcohol. We believe that when all residuals are removed to reach the 190-200 proof level, the real character or ‘spirit’ of the spirit is lost. Since our ethyl alcohol achieves 90% purity, our product is not stripped of its essence. That ‘essence’ is what gives Marian Farmhouse Spirits its superior quality, distinguishing it from competitors.