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Rye grass seed

Postby Lawfish » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:51 am

OK, I have to call this one on myself. I've read everything in the required reading section and have almost a year of regular whiskey-making under my belt. My standard recipe is 10 lbs. of cracked corn and 5 lbs. of scratch mix in 8 gallons of water done with the pintoshine method. Virtually every whiskey recipe I've seen includes rye in some small percentage, so I decided to try adding a little rye to a batch of whiskey. I bought a 40 pound bag of rye grass seed and added 2 lbs. of that in place of 2 lbs. of scratch mix.

Obviously, it didn't take long to do some further research to discover that rye grass and cereal rye and two different things. It took some digging on other sites and this site to confirm that. So I have 4 quarts of whiskey made with rye grass seed. It's been on wood for about 6 weeks and I got into the first jar last night. It does have a spicy kick to it, but obviously not the taste I was looking for. So I'll be drinking this weird whiskey for a while.

Fortunately, I have 8 chickens, so I've been spreading that seed outside to make fodder. The seed won't go to waste.

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Re: Rye grass seed

Postby thecroweater » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:10 am

I think that is kind of cool, I was stating at some rye grass just this very afternoon wondering if anyone ever made whiskey out of it.
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Re: Rye grass seed

Postby Appalachian spirits » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:33 pm

A lot of people use the seed so i guess its ok? I like the organic river rye on amazon. Its pricey but high quality so 10% in your mash gives it a nice rye spice
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Re: Rye grass seed

Postby Hilltop » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:10 am

You ain't been watching the moonshiners show have ya? I see that's what those idiots use. On a side note I know a guy who loves this type of whisky, i been meaning to try a snort of his as he claims it's damn good!

I have planted lots of rye grass for deer. Rye grass looks like a smaller version of rye grain. Remember this, everything you feed a chicken gets planted in there poop. Your gonna look outside come fall and wonder where all this green grass come from! lol!

Who else has used rye grass seed. Fess up. Does it, well taste like cereal rye?
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Re: Rye grass seed

Postby Appalachian spirits » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:57 pm

I have to agree hilltop, grass seed just doesnt seem to be a good option to me. It must work because a lot of people do it but i do know that the high quality cereal works very well.
And yeah i havent learned a damn thing from "moonshiners" either. I hate to think of how many people watched that show and tried to base their first still project on it. Almost a 100% guaranteed failure for sure.
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Re: Rye grass seed

Postby Hilltop » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:15 pm

Appalachian spirits wrote:I have to agree hilltop, grass seed just doesnt seem to be a good option to me. It must work because a lot of people do it but i do know that the high quality cereal works very well.
And yeah i havent learned a damn thing from "moonshiners" either. I hate to think of how many people watched that show and tried to base their first still project on it. Almost a 100% guaranteed failure for sure.


The stills on it are legit, it's little things like the gauges that show 220 degrees that show it's fake. Josh's steamer rig is an expensive show enough still and Chicos doubler rig sure is pretty. Any trained monkey can run a still, the art is in the mash.
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Re: Rye grass seed

Postby seamusm53 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:27 am

I think one can brew with any seed since they pretty much all have at least some starch/sugar to fuel germination. But cereal rye has a lot more available for brewing - a side by side look at the grass and cereal rye seeds makes that obvious. The cereal rye seed is much fatter. The following article compares the two different species without mention of OUR particular interests.
http://ryegrasscovercrop.com/portfolio-view/arggrowin/
Interestingly, I had no idea both are used for winter cover. Here in Texas many commercial properties use rye grass to keep their lawns green and purty instead of ugly brown.
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