Video Tip: Mashing and Fermenting the Wash for Craft Whiskey

Distiller Justin Baier walks us through the details and numbers of mashing and fermenting a wash for single-malt whiskey at Boulder Spirits—including what sets the process apart from brewing beer.

Justin Baier Feb 14, 2024 - 1 min read

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In this course, Justin Baier, distiller at Colorado’s Boulder Spirits, guides us through the process and materials of making an American single-malt whiskey. You’ll explore equipment and design, ingredients, fermentation, distillation, barrel-aging, finishing, and more. Baier also shares details on their process at Boulder Spirits— including some similarities and key differences from brewing beer—as well as what they’re continuing to learn on their journey.

During the full-length 36-minute course, included in your Craft Spirits & Distilling subscription, Justin covers:

  • the importance of quality ingredients
  • the steps of whiskey production, and some of the similarities and differences compared to brewing
  • the two-run distillation process with a one-pot still
  • selecting wood barrels for aging and finishing
  • a holistic approach to achieving the best possible flavors

And more.