North America is known for the production of different
styles of whiskies.
More information is available about regulation and
categories for USA :
and for Canadian Whisky : laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/C.R.C.,_c._870/section-B.02.020.html
A wide diversity of cereals wheat, barley, rye, corn, etc. malted or un-malted can be used for the production of whisky. This diversity offers the craft distillers the opportunity to produce a diversity of styles of Whisky: Canadian Whisky, Tennessee Whisky, Bourbon, etc.
Commercial enzymes, nutrients and selected commercial yeasts are allowed in the production process.
Production : The process is based on 7 steps:
- milling to expose the starch
- cooking (if un-malted cereal is used) / mashing to gelatinize the starch
- liquefaction : to break down the long starch chains
- saccharification (can be simultaneous of the fermentation, in this case it is the SSF process): to convert dextrins into fermentable sugars
- fermentation to synthesize the ethanol and flavours
- distillation of the wort to produce new make spirit (NMS)
- aging in new barrels or in used barrels.
Whatever the type of whisky you want to produce, the first key point is to efficiently convert starch into fermentable sugars; the role of the enzymes at this level is crucial it is why Lallemand Craft Distilling proposes DistilaZyme which are selected alpha-amylase and gluco-amylase for the production of whisky.
According the cereal you use and the whisky you want to produce, we propose yeast suitable for each application:
Distilamax HT and DistilaMax DS to produce light grain whisky;
DistilaMax GW to produce aromatic whisky from unmalted grain only or from a mix of malted and unmalted grain;
DistilaMax MW to produce more complex whisky with a Scottish style, this strain is also very interesting on rye;
DistilaMax XP fermenting malted and unmalted grain and which works very well at high temperature.
Even if on grain the lack of vitamins and minerals is not usual, we recommend to use a dedicated nutrition of the range DistilaVite in the rehydration and in fermentation in order to get a clean end of fermentation , a good kinetic of fermentation and the expected aromas.
If you have any question, please, do not hesitate to contact our Technical Team who will be happy to assist you.
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