Dried Distillers Grains

Moisture Content Dictates Quality

Dried Distillers Grain (DDG) moisture is important when it comes to the distillation process of ethanol from crops such as corn, sorghum or barley. DDG – Dried Distiller’s Grains – are produced as cereal byproducts. They are mainly used as fuel sources, animal/livestock feed, pet food or fishing bait.

Moisture content is an essential aspect when conditioning feeds because during conditioning the most common target moisture range at conditioner discharge is between 15-17%. Too much moisture can plug the pellet mill so tt is suggested that pellets need to achieve final moisture content below 13% in order to be safe for storage.

Proper conditioning prior to pelleting has several potential benefits:

  • including increased pellet durability index
  • increased starch gelatinization and protein structures, which improves the binding of the ingredients
  • potential pasteurization
  • destruction of some insect eggs

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Unsurpassed in performance, our sensors can accurately measure  moisture within tenths of a percent of most applications


MoistTech sensors withstand the test of time and are low to zero maintenance


Rely on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors to never drift or need re-calibration


A moisture measurement system is essential for the production process and in some cases will pay for itself in less than 30 days

Installing Success

The durable IR-3000 moisture sensor can be installed at conveyors, in down chutes, or in storage bins. The sensor should be positioned directly over the product for continual automatic readings or instantaneous manual readings. It is delivered pre-calibrated for your specific application. For installation instructions, including the use of the option base and stand, please consult the IR-3000’s complete installation instructions.

Efficiency is a top of the line priority for manufacturers and the dryer can drain a lot of that. Measuring the moisture before and after the dryer allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change the productivity levels.

MoistTech Provides the Solution

MoistTech is recognized as the world leader in NIR (Near-Infrared) moisture measurement technology and unlike competing instruments, a few unique features of the IR3000 include:

    • monitoring the product even with small gaps in product flow
    • unaffected by ambient light without impacting the accuracy
    • Insensitive to material variations such as particle size, material height & color
    • provide continuous, reliable readings with zero maintenance
    • requires a one-time calibration
    • manufactured with a non-drift optical design allowing operational personnel to make immediate process adjustments based on real-time data
    • typical accuracy is about ±0.1% moisture
    • typical analog range is 0-10% moisture and up to as much as 40%, subject to application
    • Outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring moisture will be the most crucial and beneficial. Identify how you will use the moisture measurement data for improvements and if it will tie into your PLC.

Remember this could involve more than one installation point!


A closed loop process is achieved by incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process. Developing a proactive solution to moisture control will avoid costly downfalls. 


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application with lab tests, calibrations and accuracy results to ensure our equipment will peform for you. All of our sensors are pre-calibrated prior to being shipped to create a plug-and-play operation for the end-user.


We offer service and support throughout the world for our moisture measurement sensors and would be happy to connect you with a rep in your area. Contact us today for more information!

Understand the Process

Spent grain is a waste product of the brewing industry. It comes from grains like wheat, barley, corn, and rice that are used in the production of alcohol. Once the grain is fermented and the alcoholic solution drawn off, the material left over is called spent grain. It is usually very wet with 80% to 85% moisture content.

By mounting sensors from MoistTech Corp. above your assembly line, you can tell when spent grain moisture content is out of bounds. We have developed the IR-3000 which is a new state-of-the-art technology sensor that can exceed your expectations. Save rework, downtime, and all the costs associated with it by being alerted when things start to go bad. Make the necessary adjustments and continue without incurring huge cost