Aviation Gin Blog
Working on the bottling line at house spirits can be a lot of fun, but ensuring our products leave the distillery looking their best involves a lot of hands-on labor.
The bottling of Aviation American Gin usually includes a team of 4-6 people, all of us motivated to create a good looking product, all of us with an eye for details and a desire to catch any mistakes before they leave the distillery. It can take a surprising amount of discipline to keep standards high after hand-bottling more than a thousand bottles a day for months, and our bottling crew has continued to impress.
Our current process for bottling Aviation American Gin has evolved over the past year to include the following steps.
- Gin is pumped from the bottling storage tank to a small bottling reservoir (the gin cow) capable of filling 6 bottles at once
- Check the glass for physical imperfections and quickly ‘cleaning’ the interior space with compressed air
- Capping the bottles
- Applying the front badge (with our batch number id)
- Applying the cap strip
- Applying the shrinky-dink
- Running bottles through the heating element to shrink the dinks.
- Before boxing, the boxes are dated and labeled with product info. The bottles have one more visual inspection before being boxed.
- Add a necker tag
- Stack boxes on a pallet and shipped out and about. If you love it, let it go.
-Aaron, Head Bottler
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