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For boosting gravity. Also used in cider production. Buy big and save!
Hydrometer Test Cylinder
Used to hold the sample for taking gravity or proof readings. Available in plastic or glass. NOTE: If proofing spirits, you MUST use glass; the plastic can't handle high octane.
18% alcohol tolerance. A very competitive yeast that will inhibit wild yeasts. It will restart stuck fermentations because of good alcohol and sulfite tolerance. This is a very neutral yeast that will have very little effect on the varietal character of the grape. A popular strain that ferments fully and flocculates well producing compact lees. ...
Briess white wheat gives a malty flavor not obtained with raw wheat. Flavor is less pronounced than red wheat, but maintains better consistency in the mash. Flavor contributions: sweet, malty, wheat, floury, doughy. Typical Color L: 2.5. Full spec sheet here.
Riverbend Appalachian Wheat
Produced here in Asheville, this is what Riverbend has to say about this regional malt- "This malt uses a new regionally adapted variety of soft red wheat called Oakes. This variety was developed for use in the artisan bread industry, but we’ve found it makes a great malting variety as well! The aroma and flavor are more pronounced than traditi...
15.5" long, with a solid metal base and easy-to-read 3-scale readout. Packaged, with instructions, in a tube with no hanger cap. Readings idealized at 60°F. Works for beer, wine, cider, mead, and mashes. Scales: Balling: 0-38% Potential ABV: 0-22% Specific Gravity: 0.990 - 1.170
Also known as flaked corn, we have it available by the pound or in bulk. Used in certain American lagers, cream ales, and whiskey production.
Adds proteins to increase body and head retention. Great for stouts. Available in 25lb. bulk.
Riverbend Carolina Rye
This malt is produced here in Asheville using an heirloom variety called Wrens Abruzzi that has been grown in the south for over 200 years. Look for classic blend herbal spice, black peppercorn, and citrus flavor. Color 5.5L
Also called an alcoholmeter. This marvelous tool shows the proof of spirits. The presence of sugar will distort readings, so this is only for pure spirits and spirits blended with water (not juice or sugar, etc). Proof scale 0-200.
Contributes a spicy rye note and slick mouthfeel. Less spicy than regular malted rye.
Unmalted wheat. Flaked wheat adds more intense wheat flavor, as well proteins to increase body and head retention in any style, but very often used in lambic brewing.
Beechwood Smoked Malt
This smoked malt from Swaen is a traditional "rauchmalt" as used in German smoked beers. Smoke character is smooth and woody, without being earthy or ashy. May be used up to 100% Color 2.8L. Full spec sheet here.
Cherry Smoked Malt
Briess cherry-smoked "rauchmalt" has intense but smooth sweet smoked flavor and aroma reminiscent of summer backyard barbeques. It's delish! Color 5L. Full spec sheet here.
Proximity malted rye adds a distinct slick earthy spiciness. 3.7L
Amylase Enzyme (1 oz.)
Improves starch-to sugar conversion; increases alcohol yield and reduces residual gravity.
Use to ferment 13 lbs. (6kg) of sugar up to 14% ABV, however best results are achieved using mashed grains or potatoes. Alternatively, a combination of mashed grains and sugar can be used. This product contains glucoamylase for the conversion of dextrins to fermentable sugars. Makes up to 6.6 gallons of wash.Each 107.5g pack contains yeast, nutr...
Use with molasses-sugar wash fermentations up to 15% ABV. Best results are achieved using 50:50 proportions of molasses and sugar; alternatively 100% sugar can be used. Contains complete nutrient complex to ensure rapid and reliable fermentation of molasses or sugar. This product contains glucoamylase enzyme to maximize yield by converting any d...
The Lore of Stillbuilding
Primer and history of distilling. Good discussion of equipment and method.