Before every batch, 1500 kg malt is opened and sieved, and dirt and stones are removed by blowing air in from underneath. The malt is collected and allowed to fall to Floor 5.
gravity distillery - floor by floor
The eco-friendly Gravity Distillery in Mackmyra Whisky Village was completed in 2011, becoming the company’s second full-scale distillery. At the back of the distillery are two large silos each filled with around 40 tonnes of malt – one holding Mackmyra’s smoked malt and one containing unsmoked malt. The first phase of production sees the malt raised to the top of the 35-metre tall distillery. Harnessing the force of gravity between the different phases of production, the ingredients are then transported downwards, undergoing a new phase on each level. During five stages, malted barley, yeast and water are processed into a finished new make spirit.
THE PROCESS - FLOOR BY FLOOR
FLOORS 7 & 6 – CLEANING AND SIEVING
FLOOR 5 – ROLLER MILL
After sieving, the malt is milled in a roller mill in for different milling grades: fine malt, medium-milled, semi-coarse and coarse. After the stage the milled malt falls to into milled-malt pockets.
FLOOR 4 – MASH TUN
FLOOR 3 – FERMENTATION ROOM
When our barley is harvested it is transported to Viking Malt in Halmstad in southwest Sweden, where it is malted.
After malting, the malt itself is delivered into the distillery and brought to the top of the building with the of aid of scoop elevator from where it falls into one of the two silos.
The smoked malt we use we malt ourselves onsite, close to the distillery.