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Ardbeg Production Process

Postby Single Malt Yinzer » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:03 pm

A not a ton of technical detail, but an interesting read:

https://thewhiskeywash.com/whiskey-styl ... oke-rocks/
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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby Pikey » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:23 am

Thank you for that SMY 8)

The taste descriptions are particularly interesting - Just as I find those "peaty" malts and the talk of "reflux" within the columns. The fact that Glenmorangie run 18' columns and most of the "Opposition" stop at 10'.
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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby Oldvine Zin » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:50 pm

So they are getting reflux out of a pot still, and some are incorporating a purifier (reflux condenser??) to the pot??

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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby der wo » Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:45 am

The purifier is a small thumper with return line to the boiler.
Not only Ardbeg uses reflux. Here you can see pictures:
http://whiskyscience.blogspot.de/2015/0 ... tions.html
Some even use water cooled columns.
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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby Oldvine Zin » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:33 pm

Thanks for that link der wo - it's got me thinking about some mods for my pot

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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby Prospekt » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:07 pm

I can't believe that they consider 55 hours to be a long ferment. I mean, I understand why they do it. But that's gotta be some yeasty, partly sugary wash they're running.
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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby der wo » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:15 am

I have found other numbers from Ardbeg. Length of fermentation is 66.5h or 96h (weekend). But yes, I also wonder always reading such numbers. They use much yeast and perhaps the fermentation is very warm because of the large fermenters.
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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby Ma Flodder » Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:37 am

der wo wrote:perhaps the fermentation is very warm because of the large fermenters.

And that's it. Almost none of the Scottish whisky makers use cooled fermenters. They simply can't ferment for a longer time.
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Re: Ardbeg Production Process

Postby der wo » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:04 am

Nevertheless, a FG number of a Malt Whisky distillery would be very interesting...
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