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  • Stevensgang@webtv.net
    Hey! Tony I think you re right I think I ll invest in a thermometer. To take out so much of the guess work. I have malted corn before but it was hybrid I
    Message 1 of 20 , Apr 3, 2000
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      Hey! Tony I think you're right I think I'll invest in a thermometer. To
      take out so much of the guess work. I have malted corn before but it was
      hybrid I bought at the local feedmill. It sprouted alright but I just
      wondered if hybrid works as well as something else? My hillbilly friend
      from Va. we'll call him cousin " Bill" says not to dry my malt just
      sprout it about 2" in. grind it in a blender and use it. Also do you
      think one of these black rubber stoppers from the local hardware is safe
      to use for my thermometer to slide through? Any suggestions on anything
      else I can use for this purpose? I appreciate having someone
      knowledgeable finally to learn some of this from Thanks again!!
    • Des
      We have been trialing the use of ear putty for holding thermometers in still heads. They will stand the temperatures required and are very pliable to
      Message 2 of 20 , Apr 4, 2000
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        We have been trialing the use of "ear putty" for holding thermometers in
        still heads. They will stand the temperatures required and are very
        pliable to produce a good seal. They are available from our local pharmacy
        outlets in packs of 5 or 6 I think.

        Anyway, just another thought on the subject.

        Young Des




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      • bbbob194713
        I have malted my first batch of corn and have some fur over the grains after drying ,Can i still use this in a malting process,or can i wash this of Thanks To
        Message 3 of 20 , Jul 2, 2011
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          I have malted my first batch of corn and have some fur over the grains after drying ,Can i still use this in a malting process,or can i wash this of Thanks To All
        • last2blast
          Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash? Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all? My
          Message 4 of 20 , Feb 11, 2013
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            Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

            Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

            My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

            Robert
          • Fredrick Lee
            Malting creates the enzyme. The cooking (and pH) activates the enzyme. You have to do both steps.
            Message 5 of 20 , Feb 12, 2013
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              Malting creates the enzyme. The cooking (and pH) activates the enzyme.  You have to do both steps. 



              On Feb 11, 2013, at 10:18 PM, "last2blast" <last2blast@...> wrote:

               

              Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

              Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

              My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

              Robert

            • Henk Stuurman
              If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.
              Message 6 of 20 , Feb 12, 2013
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                If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                 
                Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                Robert



              • Henk Stuurman
                Don t cook, mash! cooking kills the enzymes. ________________________________ From: Fredrick Lee To:
                Message 7 of 20 , Feb 12, 2013
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                  Don't cook, mash! cooking kills the enzymes.


                  From: Fredrick Lee <fredrick@...>
                  To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                  Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:53 PM
                  Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Malting

                   
                  Malting creates the enzyme. The cooking (and pH) activates the enzyme.  You have to do both steps. 



                  On Feb 11, 2013, at 10:18 PM, "last2blast" <last2blast@...> wrote:

                   
                  Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                  Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                  My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                  Robert



                • Fredrick Lee
                  This is correct. Everything in this game is time and temperature. If you don t know both, you ve lost control. When I say cooking I mean mashing Look up
                  Message 8 of 20 , Feb 13, 2013
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                    This is correct. Everything in this game is time and temperature. 

                    If you don't know both, you've lost control. 


                    When I say "cooking" I mean "mashing"   

                    Look up your mashing charts and determine the sweetness profile you want for your mash. 

                    Time and temperature. EVERY STEP. 

                    On Feb 13, 2013, at 12:28 AM, Henk Stuurman <hstuurman@...> wrote:

                     

                    If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                    From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                    To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                    Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                     
                    Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                    Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                    My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                    Robert



                  • RLB
                    Thanks!  I was hoping that malting all my grains would eliminate the cooking process because it will be very difficult for me to maintain grain temp at 150 F
                    Message 9 of 20 , Feb 13, 2013
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                      Thanks!  I was hoping that malting all my grains would eliminate the cooking process because it will be very difficult for me to maintain grain temp at 150 F for an hour and then rapidly cool it to add yeast.

                      Robert



                      From: Henk Stuurman <hstuurman@...>
                      To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                      Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:28 AM
                      Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Malting

                       
                      If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                      From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                      Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                       
                      Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                      Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                      My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                      Robert





                    • Jeff Kimble
                      You still need to mash/lauter them at 150F or close to it. But never boil them. Malting brings out enzymes that operate best at 148-152F. They work at
                      Message 10 of 20 , Feb 14, 2013
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                        You still need to  mash/lauter them at 150F or close to it.    But never boil them.

                        Malting brings out enzymes that operate best at 148-152F.  They work at lower temperatures as well, but 150F is the fastest range.  The easiest way to keep your mash  at 150F is insulation.   I wrap my brew kettle with blankets, others use coolers.  

                        Then you need to rinse the grains to extract all the sugars/wort.  You can ferment on the grain as well, but I don't.

                        Search the home brew sites for all grain brewing methods, whiskey is no different.

                        Finally, you don't need to rapidly chill it..  Search for No-Chill home brewing.  As long as you keep the wort clean/sealed, it can chill on it's own, letting you pitch the yeast once it's fully chilled.  



                        On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM, RLB <last2blast@...> wrote:
                         

                        Thanks!  I was hoping that malting all my grains would eliminate the cooking process because it will be very difficult for me to maintain grain temp at 150 F for an hour and then rapidly cool it to add yeast.

                        Robert



                        From: Henk Stuurman <hstuurman@...>
                        To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:28 AM
                        Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Malting

                         
                        If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                        From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                        To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                        Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                         
                        Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                        Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                        My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                        Robert






                      • TODP
                        What about using ground corn? Does it have to be cooked before making a mash to release the starches to convert to sugars or can it be added direct with sugars
                        Message 11 of 20 , Feb 14, 2013
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                          What about using ground corn? Does it have to be cooked before making a mash to release the starches to convert to sugars or can it be added direct with sugars and  yeast as is? Any benefits to cooking prior?


                          On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM, RLB wrote:

                             Thanks!  I was hoping that malting all my grains would eliminate the cooking process because it will be very difficult for me to maintain grain temp at 150 F for an hour and then rapidly cool it to add yeast.

                          Robert




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                          From: Henk Stuurman <hstuurman@...>
                          To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:28 AM
                          Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Malting

                            If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                          ___________________________________

                          From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                          To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                          Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                            Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                          Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                          My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process.  Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                          Robert






                        • Bill Rogers
                          to cool it, look at what the beer guys do for wort chillers and such.
                          Message 12 of 20 , Feb 14, 2013
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                            to cool it, look at what the beer guys do for wort chillers and such.  


                            On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM, RLB <last2blast@...> wrote:
                             

                            Thanks!  I was hoping that malting all my grains would eliminate the cooking process because it will be very difficult for me to maintain grain temp at 150 F for an hour and then rapidly cool it to add yeast.

                            Robert



                            From: Henk Stuurman <hstuurman@...>
                            To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                            Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:28 AM
                            Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Malting

                             
                            If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                            From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                            To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                            Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                             
                            Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                            Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                            My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                            Robert






                          • John Rucker
                            I basically treat grains, corn, etc. like I do any all grain beer recipe and do the mash/lauter process, but then again I ve been brewing for 30 years and have
                            Message 13 of 20 , Feb 14, 2013
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                              I basically treat grains, corn, etc. like I do any all grain beer recipe and do the mash/lauter process, but then again I've been brewing for 30 years and have equipment to do it. For a 5 gallon batch, I use 1.25 quarts of water per pound of grain and let the grains steep for an hour at 155 F in a mash/lauter tun (aka a converted cooler), slowly drain off the liquid produced and re-run it through the mash tun and then sparge it by running 5 gallons of 180F water through the grain. Then I boil the mixture for an hour. 

                              Pretty much your basic all grain brewing, although many folks don't do the optional double mash and of course there are no hops involved.

                              For cooling, the conventional methods are either an ice/water bath or a wort chiller (or plate chillers - even fancier and more expensive).

                              What you might consider - and I've been brewing beer like this the past year with no issues - is to do it Australian "no chill" style and basically leave your hot wort in the fermenter, with the air lock in place to keep the bad stuff from getting in, and then adding the yeast the following day after it has cooled sufficiently.  Beer yeast is a tad more sensitive than the dried champagne yeast I've used for fermentation experiments so depending on when you create your mash, you may be able to add yeast later the same day. Me, I'm old and lazy and just add yeast the following morning.

                              Here's a link or you can google "no chill beer"  Like I say, I've had no issues with a variety of beer types and I figure wash is considerably less picky than mash is.



                              On Feb 14, 2013, at 1:07 PM, Bill Rogers <bill.rogers@...> wrote:

                               

                              to cool it, look at what the beer guys do for wort chillers and such.  


                              On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM, RLB <last2blast@...> wrote:
                               

                              Thanks!  I was hoping that malting all my grains would eliminate the cooking process because it will be very difficult for me to maintain grain temp at 150 F for an hour and then rapidly cool it to add yeast.

                              Robert



                              From: Henk Stuurman <hstuurman@...>
                              To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                              Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:28 AM
                              Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Malting

                               
                              If you use malted grains you never boil them. The malted grains got the enzymes to break down the strarches, Never boil them, only boil the unmalted grains.


                              From: last2blast <last2blast@...>
                              To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:18 AM
                              Subject: [new_distillers] Malting

                               
                              Just wondered if anyone has ever individually malted corn, barley, and rye for use in a wash?

                              Do you still need to cook those grains if you malt them all?

                              My thinking about malting grains in an attempt to try avoiding the cooking process. Once you malt them you crush them and grind some barley for the enzymes.

                              Robert









                            • ballard_bootlegger
                              Hello my favorite forum. I have malted barley in the past so I am familiar with the process. Now I am considering sprouting some grain and tossing that right
                              Message 14 of 20 , Mar 3, 2013
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                                Hello my favorite forum. I have malted barley in the past so I am familiar with the process. Now I am considering sprouting some grain and tossing that right in the kettle to convert my non-malted grain.

                                My question, "Is the kilning/drying actually necessary for conversion?"

                                A beer brewer reminded me about the wet milling issue and I figured there's no need to count on the minimal malt for starch so no need to crack. Without cracking, though, are the enzymes still dispersed? Has anyone ever mashed non-heated or dried malt? If so, did the wet malt have less of the flavor you'd normally expect from your malt, pre and post distillation? Is it even called malt if it hasn't been roasted or dried?

                                Thanks!
                                Whitney.
                              • waljaco
                                Green malt is used by homedistillers for converting. You need to wet dried malt anyway to activate the enzymes. wal
                                Message 15 of 20 , Mar 3, 2013
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                                  Green malt is used by homedistillers for converting. You need to wet dried malt anyway to activate the enzymes.
                                  wal

                                  --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "ballard_bootlegger" <meriwetherdistilleries@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > Hello my favorite forum. I have malted barley in the past so I am familiar with the process. Now I am considering sprouting some grain and tossing that right in the kettle to convert my non-malted grain.
                                  >
                                  > My question, "Is the kilning/drying actually necessary for conversion?"
                                  >
                                  > A beer brewer reminded me about the wet milling issue and I figured there's no need to count on the minimal malt for starch so no need to crack. Without cracking, though, are the enzymes still dispersed? Has anyone ever mashed non-heated or dried malt? If so, did the wet malt have less of the flavor you'd normally expect from your malt, pre and post distillation? Is it even called malt if it hasn't been roasted or dried?
                                  >
                                  > Thanks!
                                  > Whitney.
                                  >
                                • ballard_bootlegger
                                  Thanks Wal. I m going to give this a shot with a little rye. I ll report any difference in taste or performance.
                                  Message 16 of 20 , Mar 4, 2013
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                                    Thanks Wal. I'm going to give this a shot with a little rye. I'll report any difference in taste or performance.

                                    --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@...> wrote:
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                                    > Green malt is used by homedistillers for converting. You need to wet dried malt anyway to activate the enzymes.
                                    > wal
                                    >
                                  • waljaco
                                    The green sprouting part is not particularly wanted as it contains substances to prevent bugs eating it - in dried malt it is removed. wal
                                    Message 17 of 20 , Mar 4, 2013
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                                      The green sprouting part is not particularly wanted as it contains substances to prevent bugs eating it - in dried malt it is removed.
                                      wal

                                      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "ballard_bootlegger" <meriwetherdistilleries@...> wrote:
                                      >
                                      > Thanks Wal. I'm going to give this a shot with a little rye. I'll report any difference in taste or performance.
                                      >
                                      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@> wrote:
                                      > >
                                      > > Green malt is used by homedistillers for converting. You need to wet dried malt anyway to activate the enzymes.
                                      > > wal
                                      > >
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                                    • RLB
                                      Thank you, I did not think about that part. Robert ________________________________ From: waljaco To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                                      Message 18 of 20 , Mar 4, 2013
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                                        Thank you, I did not think about that part.

                                        Robert



                                        From: waljaco <waljaco@...>
                                        To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                                        Sent: Monday, March 4, 2013 7:35 PM
                                        Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Malting

                                         
                                        The green sprouting part is not particularly wanted as it contains substances to prevent bugs eating it - in dried malt it is removed.
                                        wal

                                        --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "ballard_bootlegger" wrote:
                                        >
                                        > Thanks Wal. I'm going to give this a shot with a little rye. I'll report any difference in taste or performance.
                                        >
                                        > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" wrote:
                                        > >
                                        > > Green malt is used by homedistillers for converting. You need to wet dried malt anyway to activate the enzymes.
                                        > > wal
                                        > >
                                        >



                                      • ballard_bootlegger
                                        Thanks Wal. I m going to give this a shot with a little rye. I ll report any difference in taste or performance.
                                        Message 19 of 20 , Mar 12, 2013
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                                          Thanks Wal. I'm going to give this a shot with a little rye. I'll report any difference in taste or performance.

                                          --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@...> wrote:
                                          >
                                          > Green malt is used by homedistillers for converting. You need to wet dried malt anyway to activate the enzymes.
                                          > wal
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                                        • last2blast
                                          If group members are serious about hobby, moonshine, or legal distilling, I highly suggest that you take the time to really learn how to malt grains and how
                                          Message 20 of 20 , Jan 26, 2014
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                                            If group members are serious about hobby, moonshine, or legal distilling, I highly suggest that you take the time to really learn how to malt grains and how that malting process will change the flavor of your distillate.  We see TV shows like "Moonshiners" where they toss the grain into a stream and pull it out to sprout, and then dry it in the sun.  What I am learning about malting makes me shake my head in amazement because it truly is a science and art combined into one.

                                            If you want to make a wonderfully flavored spirit, you need to learn the ins and outs of malting.  For example: You can malt grain to increase sugar content, and you can malt in such a way the will enhance enzymes or kill enzymes in grains.

                                            Robert L. Bliven 

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