Grain Spirit

Ingredient List:

  • Grain spirit
  • Water
  • Sugar (if used)
  • Colour: plain caramel

Grain Spirit (35%)Nutrition information

58 Kcal / serve30ml 240 kJ

193 Kcal / 100ml  801 kJ

Grain Spirit 35% vol. 30ml Per serving size 100ml
Energy 58 Kcal
/ 240 kJ
193 Kcal
/ 801 kJ
Fat 0 0
Saturates 0 0
Carbohydrates 0 0
Sugars 0 0
Protein 0 0
Salt 0 0

Production Process

Grain spirit is a spirit produced only from cereals, including barley, maize, oat, wheat and buckwheat.  The cereals are soaked in water, then dried and crushed.  The crushed cereals are washed through hot water with the aim of extracting their sugars and the sweet liquid is then fermented using yeast before being distilled.

The distillate must retain the organoleptic characteristics of the cereals.  For a grain spirit to bear the name ‘grain brandy’ it must have been distilled at less than 95% vol..

Strength

Grain spirit sold to consumers has a minimum alcoholic strength of 35% vol., although “Korn” has a minimum strength of 32% vol.

Permitted

The addition of caramel to adapt the colour and the addition of sugar to ‘round off’ the taste. (2 years after the new spirits regulation takes effect, i.e. around spring 2021, the addition of sugar will be limited to a maximum of 10g / litre of grain spirit. At the same time, if only one cereal is used to make the grain spirit / brandy, the name of that cereal will be allowed to replace the word ‘grain’.)

Not allowed

The addition of any other alcohol and the use of flavourings.