I built my copper pot still from scratch. It is direct fired with biofuel which is used cooking oil, from a roadhouse next to my farm.
Hot water is also biofuel heated. My tractors, forklift and truck also run on Biodiesel made from the used cooking oil.
The only significant material I bring to the farm is waste cooking oil and the main product to leave is whisky.
The spent mash is fed to the Belgrove sheep. Cooling water comes from my dam and the waste water is either recycled or used for irrigation, including the next rye crop.
Brewing and diluting water is harvested from my roofs – I have a lot of farm sheds. Yeast is often reused.
Here are some catch words that could describe my operation, such as “sustainable” “closed loop” “small carbon footprint” “green” “farm based” “value adding” “craft” “low food miles”.