Brewing

by | Mar 2, 2020 | whiskey

Ice Ball

Ice ball is not just an ice cube! Contrary to what you might think, whisky and ice do not necessarily go well together. At the risk of attracting the wrath of purists, ice can exalt certain aromas of whisky.

Alcoholic fermentation

Alcoholic fermentation is relatively simple: it is the sugar that is in the brew, which will be transformed into alcohol.

Malting

We are here in the first step of whisky making (see our article on this subject). Malting is the extraction of starch from cereals. We talk about barley because it is the ingredient of Single Malt but it is quite possible to malt wheat, rye or buckwheat. 4 steps for...

The different types of whisky

The types of whisky : Single Malt, Blend, Scotch … for beginners who want to come in the universe of whisky, it is not uncommon to be a little lost when you start to look at what exists in "Whisky". A little reminder on the different types of whisky and their names,...

Brewing

Brewing, if you ask the question: what is whisky? The answer is simple: it’s the distillation of a beer! Simple question, simple answer but by the way, how do you make a beer?

Gin Basil Smash

Gin Basil Smash is for lovers of gin and… basil. This very fashionable cocktail was created in 2008 by Jörg Meyer at the Lions Bar in Hamburg.

Gin and Tonic : history and recipe

Today there are a large number of relatively simple Gin Tonic derivatives and mixologists like that !

Mizuwari

Mizuwari is a mixture of whiskey, its double volume of water and ice (s). The name of this cocktail speaks volumes about its “genre” since it literally means “mixed with water”.

Why our still doesn’t look like a still

In the world of distilling not all stills are made equal. So why didn’t we go for a “traditional” copper one? Find out in this article.

Mixology, what is it?

During your evenings or even during your wanderings in trendy districts where trendy bars and clubs display the word “Mixology”.

Brewing, if you ask the question: what is whisky? The answer is simple: it’s the distillation of a beer! Simple question, simple answer but by the way, how do you make a beer?

To be able to talk to you about whisky, we will have to understand how we make a beer. This is what we call brewingbeer.4 steps to Brewing :

1 – Malting: we quickly pass on this stage for which we had devoted an entire article. You can find out by clicking here. To summarize this step, malting is barley that we will wet with water, germinate and dry. This is an essential step in the production of enzymes which will transform sugars into alcohol during fermentation.

2 – Brewing: Ah … here we come! The malt obtained will be crushed to give what is called a grist. Grist is a kind of coarse flour that will be mixed with water. We will heat all this mixture and stir it.

Did you know ? It takes 17g of sugar per liter to make a 1% alcohol.


3 – Hopping: we will skip this step if the final brew is to be used to make whisky. This is one of the big differences between a brew intended to become a beer and a brew intended for distillation. At the time of heating, we will incorporate hops and other spices, depending on the desired recipes. We will then bring this brew to a boil. If we skip this step for whisky, well it is essential for the beer which will develop its aromas at that time.

4 – Fermentation: it should not be forgotten that the distillation of spirits is first of all a distillation of alcohol! A distillery can of course manufacture its alcohol, but its core business is distillation. Fermentation is yeasts, microscopic single-celled fungi, which transform sugar into alcohol.

Your beer is almost ready since it will be necessary to carry out what is called a froth in the bottle to make it sparkling…. But that’s another story !

Another difference between a brew intended to become a beer and a brew intended to become a whisky in addition to hopping is the heating temperature of the brew. Indeed in order not to alter the aromas of future whisky well it will not be necessary to exceed and rise above 65 ° Celsius during this heating.

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by | Mar 2, 2020

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