How to Make Whiskey Mash

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Whiskey mash is the soupy-like substance that comes as a result of water being added to ground up grains. For whiskey making, the most commonly used grain is barley. The whiskey mash process converts the starches into a sugar wort which is later introduced to yeast -- and ultimately converted to alcohol. In order to create a whiskey mash, you will need to grind up grains, add water, and allow the mixture be processed by a heated mash mixer.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. barley
  • 85 fl. oz. water
  • Mash mixer
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Place your grains into the pestle and distribute them evenly across the crushing surface. Apply pressure to the grains with the blunt mortar head. Twist the mortar head as you crush the grains. Continue crushing until a fine sand-like consistency is achieved.

  • Dump the crushed grains into the mash mixer. Add 85 fl. oz. water for every pound of grains used. Stir the mixture thoroughly.

  • Power on the mash mixer and allow it to heat and stir the mash to produce a wort.

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