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Whiskey Recipe Optic Barley

By 2023-03-25No Comments


  • 70% Scottish Optic barley
  • 20% Canadian wheat
  • 10% Scottish wheat
  • Scottish spring water
  • Distilamax MW yeast


  1. Mill the Optic barley and the two types of wheat into a coarse flour, known as grist.
  2. Heat 4-5 gallons of Scottish spring water in a large pot to around 63-64°C (145-147°F).
  3. Add the grist to the pot, stirring continuously for around an hour, to convert the starches in the grains into fermentable sugars. This process is known as mashing.
  4. Strain the liquid, known as wort, from the solid grains and transfer it to a fermentation vessel.
  5. Allow the wort to cool to around 20-24°C (68-75°F) and add the Distilamax MW yeast.
  6. Ferment the wort for around 2-4 days, until the yeast has converted the sugars in the wort into alcohol, creating a beer-like liquid called wash.
  7. Transfer the wash to a still and distill it twice, using a pot still or a combination of pot and column stills. The first distillation will produce a low-proof spirit called low wines, while the second distillation will produce the final spirit.
  8. Age the final spirit in oak casks for a minimum of three years, although many Scotch whiskies are aged for much longer.

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