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Best variety of corn for mashing

Best variety of corn for mashing

Postby Boomtown » Sat May 02, 2015 4:01 am

Have been researching corn variety for a while, and am not finding much in the way of advice.

Would anyone be willing to nominate a variety for use in making whiskey? I've a farmer willing to plant a few acres of my choice of variety, but I'm at a loss as to what would be best.

If you'd rather, you can PM me with your recommendations.


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Re: Best variety of corn for mashing

Postby sup-bro? » Sat May 02, 2015 10:39 am

Before planting try a few varieties.
From what I have read and some research on Uncle Jesse Simple Sour Mash.
The flavour is also affected by the alcohol content.
The higher the alc % the lower the corn flavour.

From memory you don't want to go above 9%

Let us know how you go. :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Best variety of corn for mashing

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Sat May 02, 2015 3:40 pm

"Best", all by itself, is a hard call. Do you want the most ethanol,the least flavor, the most flavor, the most flavor you like, the easiest to grind, the easiest to separate the wash from the corn solids or will you be distilling on the grain? There's just no end to the variables, and then add in opinions and it really gets complicated.

First off, what do you like to drink or want to make? That's always a good place to start.
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Re: Best variety of corn for mashing

Postby res » Sat May 02, 2015 4:47 pm

It's been suggested that white corn has a higher sugar content, so if everything else was equal you'd go for that. However I'd bet many of the factors Zymurgy Bob mentioned would quickly outweigh the modest sugar boost. It's safe to say the major produces have done all the leg work on yield vs flavor, so if you just want something reliable follow in suit.
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Re: Best variety of corn for mashing

Postby FullySilenced » Sun May 03, 2015 1:43 am

i have been able to get some FREE CORN so far its the best i have ever gotten .... :grin:
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Re: Best variety of corn for mashing

Postby Bushman » Sun May 03, 2015 5:41 am

FullySilenced wrote:i have been able to get some FREE CORN so far its the best i have ever gotten .... :grin:

Anyway to find out what type?
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