Malt for Craft Distilling

How local master distillers are utilizing craft malt in the distillery.

Our malted grains are ideal for building a beautiful, complex distillate.  Whether you are creating a grain based vodka, a new school bourbon, or an American whiskey, we’ve got you covered.

Before getting started, we want to encourage you to think outside the box.  There is more to malted barley than ‘distillers malt’.

With the use of enzymes, you can introduce more complex flavors with products like our Vienna Malt, Light Munich, and Southern Select, and still get the efficiencies you are looking for.

There is plenty of room in tradition for innovation!

We are happy to assist with recipe development and share examples of commercial releases that feature our products.  The world of distilling offers so many opportunities for flavor development: ingredients, process, wood, time, and proofing.  Let us help you make something truly unique.

Here are a few grain-bills to illustrate the uniqueness and versatility of our ingredients….

Wheated Bourbon

  • 70% Cumberland Corn Malt
  • 15% Southern Select
  • 15% Appalachian Wheat

Products like our Cumberland Corn Malt introduce all kinds of flavor possibilities in a bourbon.  The process of malting adds a rich, earthiness to the corn which is not present in its raw form. Our Southern Select adds subtle biscuity, bready notes to this spirit and the Appalachian Wheat softens the spirit and allows the corn sweetness to shine through.

American Single Malt Whiskey

  • 60% Southern Select
  • 30% Light Munich (10L)
  • 10% Dark Munich (30L)

This grain bill really showcases the unique house flavor of our malts.  The Southern Select is our take on the English pale malt style and serves as the base for this recipe.  The edition of our Munich Malts provide rich, dark fruit character to the distillate that only grows more complex with time in the barrel.

Rye Whiskey

  • 70% Carolina Rye
  • 20% Cumberland Corn Malt
  • 10% Base Camp

Malted Rye (in our opinion) contributes a more fruit-forward character than raw rye.  This grain bill is designed with that in mind and includes our Cumberland Corn malt to sweeten the distillate a bit.  Our Base Camp is a neutral base that adds some interesting bready notes, and allows the Carolina Rye do the talking.

Ready to Get Started?

Get in touch to talk about which of our standard malt flavors best fits your distilling project, or to start working with us on your own custom malt.

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