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To lauter or not to lauter

I am producing fruit brandy now but plan to reconfigure my distillery for whiskey.

(Malt, bourbon, and rye). I was reading the comments about the hammer mill vs the roller mill, and noticed Eric's comments in the last thread that "phenol issues or the chance of bacterial influence" can come from distilling without lautering. I had not planned to lauter, thinking that it would be a real convenience to skip added step of removing the grain. My still can handle beer or the whole un-lautered mess. Is there a concensus on what produces a better whiskey, or what is more efficient, lautered or not-lautered?

Tom


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Hey Tom,

If you have a proper mashtank and the right enzymes you can save the lautering.

Give me a call and I'll explain what I mean in more detail.

All the best,

Robert

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I am producing fruit brandy now but plan to reconfigure my distillery for whiskey.

(Malt, bourbon, and rye). I was reading the comments about the hammer mill vs the roller mill, and noticed Eric's comments in the last thread that "phenol issues or the chance of bacterial influence" can come from distilling without lautering. I had not planned to lauter, thinking that it would be a real convenience to skip added step of removing the grain. My still can handle beer or the whole un-lautered mess. Is there a concensus on what produces a better whiskey, or what is more efficient, lautered or not-lautered?

Tom


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Some believe that a higher content of malt solids (husks, etc.) increase the vanillin content of the whisky produced. But leaving the husks in will also increase your chances of burning solids during the wash distillation. Tom is right, of course, about the loss of capacity. In general, you'll be able to produce more new make whisky in any given setup with a mash tun than without even if you consider the extra time it takes to lauter.


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Where do you think you'll lose capacity if you are distilling mash?