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Best Louisville Bars for your Repeal Day Celebration

Happy Repeal Day friends! On this very day in 1933, the United States voted to ratify the 21st (and our personal favorite) Amendment, thereby repealing Prohibition once and for all and declaring the 18th Amendment null and void after 13 years! Elated Americans rushed to previously boarded up bars and distillers began to shake the dust off their beloved stills. Alcohol production became regulated again as the business crawled out from its underground hiding places. The beverage industry was ...
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CGB and Brooks Grain Mill Coming Soon

A new milling and bagging facility update.
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Distilling 101 – A Moonshine University Experience

It’s the beginning of my second week in my new role as a Sales Professional for Brooks Grain.  As a newcomer to the industry, I’m excited (and, admittedly, a little nervous) about the week ahead.  I’m about to begin the six-day distillers course at Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky! Moonshine University brings together the “who’s who” of the distilling industry to teach professionals, enthusiasts, vendors, and entrepreneurs an all-inc...
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USDA/FAS Grain: World Markets and Trade Report, January 2014

A link to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and FAS (Foreign Agriculture Service) updated information on the markets and trade of grain worldwide.  For rye, see pages 31-33.
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Production Process

The typical grain mixture for bourbon, known as the mash bill, is a minimum of 51% corn, with the remainder being wheat, rye, and/or malted barley.[1] A mash bill that contains wheat instead of rye produces what is known as a wheated bourbon. The grain is ground and mixed with water. Usually, though not always, mash from a previous distillation is added to ensure a consistent pH across batches, and a mash produced in that manner is referred to as...
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Bourbon Defined

Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey – a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name of the spirit derives from its historical association with an area known as Old Bourbon, around what is now Bourbon County, Kentucky (which, in turn, was named after the French House of Bourbon royal family). It has been produced since the 18th century.[1] While it may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, and Kentu...
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Bees and Agriculture

“Bees are essential to agriculture – now we can watch them at work!”At the ribbon cutting of the USDA Headquarters People’s Garden in April 2010 plans were already in place to install a beehive on the roof of the Whitten Building as well as a “bee-cam” so anyone anywhere could learn about bee activity. click here for full article
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Rye Update – March 2014

Rye out of Canada is going to be harder and harder to come by at a historically reasonable price. A producer/farmer will make the best financial choice with their land – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she will look solely at dollars earned per acre. Input costs are an obvious factor when making cropping choices, and in Canada, logistics/logistical options are becoming more important as the overall crop (all grains) has been steadily increasing. What is the incentive to ...
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Lending is a People Business

The tradition of the American family farm is the original small business venture.  Producers put their soul into their business with the goal of building something larger.  Farming is truly the backbone of America and is a major contributor to our success as a nation.Lending Still a People Business (from AGR Financial Services)In my youth, a popular TV show hosted by Art Linkletter was called “Children say the Darndest Things”. Oftentimes on the show, youngsters would come ...
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September Rye Harvest Notes

Harvest in Canada is wrapping up, albeit a bit slower than average.  This past (2013-2014), we have seen rye exports out of Canada decrease by 38%.  Domestic usage in Canada has also decreased by 19%.  Because of these decreases, the carryout from this past crop year is now projected to be 49,000 metric tonnes.  Movement of rye into the US is very slow, albeit steady.  And despite weakness in the overall grain market, rye prices remain steady due to a continuing low...
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