Dave Pickerell arrived Monday, and he immediately began directing us in the many housekeeping tasks required to be able to distill. These included such glamorous activities as cleaning out the boiler (used to heat water for mashing the grain) and the stills, and testing the mash tubs to make sure that they are water tight. And what do you know? Many of them weren't. Some shimming and pounding on the iron hoops soon solved that problem, and now we are ready to steam clean them to ensure that no foreign organisms will interfere with fermenting the grain. We hope to begin mashing on Thursday.