There are different grains that you can use to produce a different whisky flavour. There are many to be found on the internet so once you have made your choice follow our recipe below as this has been designed to be used with the Alembic Pot still.
- You will need 4kg of grain which must be crushed or finely cracked. Add the 4kg of grain into a suitable large pan and add cold water to a final volume of 15 litres, then bring to the boil. Add contents of the Still Spirits 4g amylase sachet (do not use standard brewers amylase because it won’t be temperature tolerant) and gently simmer for 30 minutes stirring frequently. This will break down the starch. Remove from heat then add 5.5kg of dextrose or refined sugar, stir to dissolve and allow to cool to between 50-60°C.
- Transfer the entire contents into a fermentation bucket (no need to strain) then top up to 25 Litres with cold water, stir to mix and allow to cool to below 25°C.
- Add Turbo Carbon – this is important to absorb impurities produced by the yeast during fermentation.
- Add the Whisky Yeast and leave to ferment for 7 days at ideally 22 – 28°C. Higher temperatures should be avoided. Using grain will create excessive foaming so place somewhere appropriate and don’t use an airlock (just rest fermenter lid loosely on bucket). During fermentation, the AG enzyme (already contained within the Whisky Yeast sachet) will finish the job of converting the starch into fermentable sugars to maximise your yield.
- After fermentation, add Turbo Clear to remove 99% of the solids (spent carbon/yeast cells and other fermentation solids). Don’t worry if the wash remains hazy after treatment with Turbo clear – it’s more important that the wash doesn’t sit on the spent yeast and solids for 24hrs rather than trying to remove the last 1% solids... so go ahead and distil the wash 1 day after adding Turbo clear even if still hazy.
- Transfer the clear wash into the Turbo 500 boiler. It's important to use the Still Spirits Alembic Pot Still to ensure the distillate is between 60% and 75% ABV (Alcohol By Volume).
- We strongly recommend you collect the distillate is small pots. This will allow you to taste the different quality flavour and strength from the Pot Still. Its good practise to do it this way with all distillation.
- Once you’ve collected your distillate, dilute to 50% ABV with good quality water then leave it for three days in your fermentation bucket (make sure it's been thoroughly cleaned) adding one further sachet of Turbo Carbon. Stir twice daily then allow the activated carbon to settle on day 3 before fine filtering through a coffee or wine filter. Do not pass through activated carbon column filter as this will remove too much of the flavour and character from your whisky.
- Dilute to 40% ABV with good quality water, bottle with oak chips, cubes or chunks to allow oak flavour development and leave to smooth for at least 12 months. The addition of any of the SS Classic Whiskey essence will also produce a much richer whiskey style.