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Old 09-21-2007, 07:44 PM   #1
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Can someone explain the process used in the Mini-Mash Kits from
AHBS. I have never ordered from them before and wasn't sure to stick with the extract
or use the MM recipe.

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Old 09-21-2007, 08:03 PM   #2
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Do a search. Here is a couple of links to get you started

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=29961
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=33323

BTW...partial mash is the same as mini mash

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Their mini-mash kits are not like a normal PM, they instruct you to simply steep all the grains like an extract kit with specialty grains. Very easy, I say go for it.

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Great, the way they listed the base grains and specialty grains threw me for a loop and made me question the process.
I'm glad to see some extract clones, since I don't have the time or money right now to upgrade to AG.

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Mini Mash is basically steeping the grains at a more specific temp, then sparging for sure. Easy and make the beer much cleaner. Read up, then go for it.

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Kayos, i have steeped grains before, but for the sparging do you basically pour more hot water (168-170 deg) over the grain bag to extract more starches/sugars out?

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Exactly. Ladle hot water slowly and gently over the grains. Do this until you reach your boil amount. Aim for 170 degree water for the sparge. Mash at 154.

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My first PM was a AHS kit. The instructions were excellent!

Without typing the entire thing, here is the jist:

Put crushed grains in grain bag. Soak in 2.5 gallons water at 155 for 45 minutes. Discard grains. Bring water to a boil, add extract. Etc.

Just like extract recipes with steeping grains, except more precise on timing and the grains had 2 pounds of 2 row in it. I lined my bottling bucket with an enormous mesh bag and did my mash in it and then a sparge of 170 degree water. Very good instructions and I think they even tell you to order a grain bag if you don't have one. Of course, if you have a mash tun you don't need a grain bag, but I didn't have one then.

If you can do extract with steeping grains, you can do an AHS mini mash.

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ya, like I said, AHS MMs don't go into sparging, it's really just steeping.

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Thanks everyone for the input.
On my way to order!
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