The Duty Of The Owner Of A Distillery

The main and first object of the proprietor of a distillery, is gain or

profit--and the second, it is natural, should be the acquiring a

character or reputation for his liquor, and a desire to excel

neighboring distilleries--in both of which, neglect and sloth will

insure disappointment.

The active, cleanly, industrious and attentive proprietor uses the

following means.

First. H
provides his distillery with good sound grain, hogsheads,

barrels, kegs, funnels, brooms, malt, hops, wood, &c. of all of which he

has in plenty, nicely handled, and in good order. He also provides an

hydrometer, thermometer, and particularly a barometer, duly observing

the instructions accompanying each, their utility and particular uses.

Secondly. He is careful that his distiller does his duty, of which he

can be assured only, by rising at four o'clock, winter and summer, to

see if the distiller is up and at his business, and that every thing is

going well--and to prepare every thing and article necessary--to attend

and see the hogs fed, and that the potale or slop be cold when given,

and that the cattle be slopped--that the stills are not burning, nor the

casks leaking, &c. &c. He observes the barometer, points out any changes

in the weather, and pays an unremitted attention, seeing that all things

are in perfect order, and enforcing any changes he may deem necessary.

On the other hand, indolence begets indolence--The proprietor who sleeps

till after sun rise, sets an example to his distiller and people, which

is too often followed--the distillery becomes cold from the want of a

regular fire being kept up in her--the hogsheads cease to work or

ferment, of consequence, they will not turn out so much whiskey--and

there is a general injury sustained. And it may often occur, that during

one, two or three days in the week, the distiller may want grain, wood,

malt, hops or some necessary--and perhaps all those things may be

wanting during the same day ... and of course, the distiller stands

idle. The cattle, hogs, &c. suffer; and from this irregular mode of

managing, I have known the proprietor to sink money, sink in reputation,

and rarely ever to attribute the effect to the right cause.

System and Method.

A well timed observance of system and method are necessary in all the

various branches of business pursued, and without which none succeeds so


And whilst the industrious, attentive and cleanly proprietor, may with

certainty, calculate on a handsome profit and certain advantages to

result from this business. He who conducts carelessly, may as certainly

reckon on sustaining a general loss.