For the analysis experiential I decided to visit a distillery called Kings Country Distillery on 299 Sand St, Brooklyn, NY 11205. “Kings County was founded in 2010 and makes handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys out of the 119-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard” (Kings County Distillery).
To make whiskey they use corn and barley. The first thing they need to do in order to make whiskey is to cook the corn and barley with water in the mash tank for many hours. When its cooks Lia Niskanen tour program manager said “that it looks hot oatmeal”, they separate the solid from the liquid and the liquid is transfer to the another machine. She stated that the solid that is left is use for compos or for animal feed.
The color of the liquid when they take out in to be fermented is yellow because of the corn. They transfer the liquid to be fermented into the barrel The liquid will stay there for about 3-4 days and it becomes a distiller beer and is not for drinking.
Then they will bring the beer into a still whiskey color cooper and they will still two times one still bigger and the other smaller. The beer is heated and the still bring to boiled. Lisa stated “boiled is about 200 and alcohol 173, alcohol boils first. Copper is popular material for still and are good for heat.
This two stiller bellow absorb the liquid from the cooper still and the one to the right is made to produce the “heads, hearts and tails” and the distiller job is to take the heart.
One part that the small still made is the heart which is the best part, the head is to strong and tail is to watery. In order to known what part is the heart, they need to know the timing, watch volume, and how fast the distillate will come. They will do that procedure again. In order to get a moonshine they will add purified water to the head and put in a bottle.
Bourbon will go to the oak barrel. No climate control, which produces expansion and contraction in the barrel. They will use the barrel for aging only one time and send barrel to other place. Lisa said that for Irish whiskey they will use the same barrel for aging.
Then they age the whiskey for approximately 2 years or 5 years. When the whiskey start aging the color change, the color came from the oak.
Bourbon left is age for about 4 years and the middle is age for 2 years. In the spirit competition, the American crafts awards in 2018 gave 4 gold metals and the two Bourbon won 2 gold metals.
The moonshine can be mix with natural ingredients with no sugar. This moonshine are used for cocktails they will not need aging.
I really recommend that you visit this place Lisa was nice explain every step clear and answer every concern that I have, I really enjoy this tour I was able to learn new things and try the moonshine and bourbon.
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