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sour mash

a blended grain mash used in the distilling of some whiskeys, consisting of new mash and a portion of mash from a preceding run and yielding a high rate of lactic acid.
Origin of sour mash
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • sour mash means that mash from the previous day is used to start the fermentation process.
British Dictionary definitions for sour mash

sour mash

noun (US)
a grain mash for use in distilling certain whiskeys, consisting of a mixture of new and old mash
any whiskey distilled from such a mash
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