Grain, Glass, & Raw Materials Now Arriving
July 20, 2016
You might have heard through the grapevine, or maybe even seen the trucks at Old Glory Distilling Co. delivering the first round of raw materials for spirit production to begin. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of our Caribbean Molasses, our locally grown non-GMO corn, and our American Made Smooth Shine Moonshine Bottles. Those inside looks are just the beginning of the many bushels of grain and pallets of glass that have been making their way into the distillery.
In addition to our local non-GMO corn, Long Vue Farms is readying the wheat necessary for our Smooth Shine Tennessee Moonshine. Wheat is difference maker and key ingredient to what sets our Shine a step above the rest. Many are all too familiar with the harsh bite of corn and sugar shine. With wheat as our base, we’ve removed the harsh “bite” of corn and introduced the smooth “kiss” of wheat to this southern classic.
Possibly the most important, yet underappreciated ingredient to the whole process is our yeast that arrived a few days ago. Without it, we’d be a “Craft Grits Factory.” When we cook our mash, we’re essentially cooking an enormous 1000 Gallon batch of sweet southern grits. When the yeast are introduced to the batch, they eat up all the sugar in the mash turning it into 1. Carbon Dioxide and 2. Alcohol. Once their work is done, the once sweet batch of grits is now a 10% alcohol distillers “beer” ready to distill.
Over the next 2 weeks, the final pieces of the puzzle will be rolling through our doors, and the production of Clarksville’s Fine Tennessee Spirits will begin. We will not be open to the public for tours and tastings during this initial production phase, but we’ll be keeping everyone updated on our timeline to launch and where you’ll be able to pick up one of the first bottles to roll off the line. Cheers!