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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
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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