Observations On The Quality Of Rye For Distilling

The best rye for distilling is that which is thoroughly ripe, before it

is cut, and kept dry till threshed; if it has grown on high or hilly

ground, it is therefore to be preferred, being then sounder and the

grain fuller, than that produced on low level land--but very often the

distiller has no choice, but must take that which is most

convenient;--great care however ought to be observed in selecting sound

rye, that has been kept dry, is clean and free from cockle, and all

kind of dirt, advantages will result from fanning it, or running it

through a windmill before it is chopped.