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45036Re: [new_distillers] Mashing

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  • Jim Graves
    Apr 16, 2014
      You really don't want to "boil" the corn, rather bring the water to a boil, add the corn and then maintain a temp of 152-160F for several hours, for me, the longer the better, but don't boil the corn. When you do you kill the necessary enzymes and other good stuff that makes the mash a mash. I would crack the rye and do it with the corn and then the next day, with temp still at 150F add the malted barley. I leave it all together and let it cool before pitching the yeast and then let it work until it clears and it will. then carefully pump the liquids off, distill and then to the mash add sugar(1 to 1 1/2 pounds per gallon) and then pump the spent liquid back into it and let it ferment again. This is now sour mash and boy howdy is it good! You can do this 10-12 times, the mash is giving the flavor, the sugar giving the alcohol...

      If you can age the liquor in a oak keg, you will really get true whiskey. Only putting slabs in sealed containers is just giving it a oak taste.  Oxygen will pass thru the oak kegs and this is where the liquor is truly aged. Whiskey put in a glass jar and let set for four years is only as old as it was the day you put it in the jar! It will NOT age in glass...

      Just my .02$ worth Jim

      On Wed, 4/16/14, jkmccull@... <jkmccull@...> wrote:

      Subject: [new_distillers] Mashing
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:43 PM


      About 4
      years back I made bourbon using the recipe
      of 5 lbs cracked corn, 1 lbs of cracked rye and 3.4 lbs of
      6-row malted barley.
      I mashed the mixture, fermented, distilled and ended up with
      what I considered a
      good bourbon. I let the bourbon age for a few months and
      started sipping it. I
      gave some to my son-in-aw who stored it away with some
      charred white oak
      strips.  Once I started sipping the
      it disappeared pretty fast. A month or so ago my son-in-law
      and I tasted the
      now 4 year old bourbon and good had turned to great. Now I
      have a hankering to
      make some more of the bourbon.


      want to change my mashing procedure to see if I can increase
      the yield and make
      the process a little easier. I want to vigorously boil the
      cracked corn with
      the intent of extracting as much of the starch as possible.
      After the boiling I
      will strain out all the corn solids and save then. Then I
      will mash the corn
      starch, malted barley and cracked rye to convert to sugar.
      After the mashing, I
      will strain out all the solids and then ferment the
      resulting mixture with the
      corn, barley and rye solids in a mesh bag.


      this work?
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