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49144Re: [Distillers] Re: Making Rye Whiskey

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  • bluwater2828
    Mar 29, 2013
      I add citric acid to my water. I've tried different ph and 5.8 to just a bit over 6 seems to work best. I hot mash my rye and barley. Grain only makes the best but a half grain half dextrose gives me a nicer easier time separating the wash as I just pour into cheese cloth and hand squeeze. I tried a bearing press and several other contraptions but never could get what I want... Did get some spectacular messes though lol. Some day I plan to try some sort of spin cycle setup. I usually look for about 15 to 20 gals of wash out of a 35 gal mash which is leaveing allot in but it's all I need. I use a whiskey yeast. My coloumb setup makes a mostly neutral distillate. Have tried many times to just pot still it but always ended up skunky .

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      From: henry sangret <henrysangret@...>;
      To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com <Distillers@yahoogroups.com>;
      Subject: Re: [Distillers] Re: Making Rye Whiskey
      Sent: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 7:38:03 PM

      I use a 70% 30% mix field rye and corn meal and prepare a 85 to 90 deg C water to soak in. I use a water that is modified with gypsum to add calcium to harden the water and add calcium for the starch conversion process. I use a cocktail of Alpha and Gluco Amalase Enzyme which breaks the starched down very nicely, but yes makes a very sticky glutinous wort. Prior to distillation I add a anti foaming agent that I get from one of the big suppliers and it does a great job of controlling the foaming problem. Of course you have a sticky end product after distillation but it cleans up OK with alot of water.  I use a 2 lb grain mix per gallon, which comes 1050 to 1060 sg. to much more grain makes a messy wort

      From: James Haller <gone2tx@...>
      To: "Distillers@yahoogroups.com" <Distillers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:20 AM
      Subject: [Distillers] Re: Making Rye Whiskey
      Thanks to Bob, Bluwater and Derek for your responses. The article on the issues with brewing with rye was an "eye opener" for me and will definitely affect my brewing technique. It looks like I will need to mash with much more water than normal because of the thicker mixture. This means starting with less grain. I'll probably add a lot of rice hulls to help prevent a stuck sparge and expect to spend more time in the sparging cycle. The ph also looks like it is something to watch. Bottom line - I think I'll start with a very small batch to see if it works. If anyone finds the reference mentioned about grain bills for rye distillers, please post directions to find it. Thanks again. Gone2tx

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