Pot Ale Syrup

Pot Ale Syrup

Pot Ale Syrup is a co-product liquid of the malt whisky distillery process that contains a highly nutritious blend of carbohydrates, yeast residues, proteins and minerals. It is highly palatable, enhances forage intake and provides a valuable source of dietary protein and energy for farm livestock.

A co-product from the manufacture of malt whisky, Pot Alt Syrup comprises mainly yeast cells and residues from malted barley after alcohol is distilled off the fermented wort by high temperature in copper stills. At several distilleries, Pot Ale Syrup is mixed back with the spent grains (Draff) resulting, after drying, in the production of Distillers Dark Grains.

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Typical Analysis

Solids % 43-44
Protein % 25-35
DCP 25-35
ME MJ/kg 14.2
Crude Fibre 0.4
Oil (EE) 0
Ash 10
NDF 0.7
Starch 1.3
Sugar -
Starch & Sugars -
FME 14.2
ERDP g/kg 266
Salt 0.2
Calcium 0.2
Total Phos 2.1
Av Phos N/A
Magnesium 0.6
Potassium 2.4
Sodium 0.1

Analysis Glossary


  • A high energy easy to handle liquid
  • Low pH so has excellent keeping qualities
  • Available in full arctic loads
  • Improves palatability and intakes

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Pot Ale Syrup is a 100% natural liquid with all the benefits of Scottish distillery syrups including high energy and protein. Due to naturally occurring copper, Pot Ale Syrup can present a nutritional hazard when fed to sheep, especially continental/lowland breeds.

Limits to Usage

Unless specifically recommended, Pot Ale Syrup should not be used in sheep diets because of the risk of copper poisoning. DO NOT FEED POT ALE SYRUP TO HOUSED SHEEP.

Physical Properties

Viscosity (cps at 20°C) 500
Litres per tonne : 80

Storage / Processing

Stores well for up to one year.

Material to have been stored in compliance with DEFRA code of practice for the control of salmonella.


Feeding rates are estimates, and other factors, such as animal health and environment, can have a greater impact on how animals perform. There is no guarantee that animals will perform as expected if fed the suggested rates. Rations should be balanced to provide enough energy and protein for animals, and they should include enough forage to keep the rumen healthy. Animals also need access to fresh water at all times.