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Using grain wash in distilling moonshine is a more complicated process than using sugar wash. This is due to the fact that grain wash requires additional steps in order to transform it in a form that can be consumed by the yeast. In actuality, there is a wide array of grains that can be used in making moonshine. Most of these grains are also the ones that are used to produce commercial alcoholic beverages. Some of the most widely used grains are rye, barley, rice, corn and wheat. The combination of wheat and barley are most popular among distillers.
In essence, grains are also called seeds. It is usually formed by parent plant so that it can reproduce. It has the appearance that resembles a food wrapped in a protective coat while some seeds hold an embryo. In the fermentation process, it is usually the food reserve that is in target. Yet, in grains, the food reserve is enclosed within the seed and takes the form of starch. Starch is a form that cannot be consumed by yeast. This is because the food reserve enclosed in the grain is stored in a form that stops bacteria and yeast from eating it. And in the process of germination, the food reserve such as starch cannot be used by the plant embryo so enzymes are released in order to aid the process. The enzyme that s released by the germinated seed functions to convert the starch into fermentable sugar such as maltose. This sugar is then used to come up with a liquid that is rich in sugar content ready for fermenting.
Due to this, using grain to make moonshine can take much effort on your part. Yet, learning how to do this makes us more skilled in beverage making. As mentioned, enzymes are released in the germination process which converts the starch in grain into consumable sugar. One example of this enzyme is called Amylase. It takes two forms namely: Alpha- Amylase and Beta-Amylase. Out of these two, Alpha- Amylase is more beneficial because it is the enzyme that is produced once the germination has commenced. This enzyme together with protease acts to make the conversion of starch to sugar possible. Read more…
These enzymes can be produced by natural means, but there are also commercially available enzymes that you can use. It can be bought through a brew supplier in your locality in extensive stock if needed. In some countries, home distillers make use of peptic blend that contains high amounts of amylase. It is a product that is widely used as a digestive aid. However, most home brewer chooses to malt and mash the grain which is the natural way to extract the enzyme that will convert the starch into fermentable sugar.