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Old 02-16-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hey all. Im doing some shopping on Austin Home Brew and decided to go with the Hobgoblin Clone Kit. I want to do this as an Extract Recipe which Austin says requires a Mini-Mash. Im not really sure what this is. It says I would need additional steeping as well. Not to sure what that is either. Would I need any additional equipment to pull off the mini-mash? Since this will be only my fourth batch, am I a little in over my head on this one?
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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You don't have to do that mini-mash. See "kit option." That being said, mini-mash isn't too hard, and their method just requires a large grain bag and a thermometer I think. Other mini mash methods use a cooler or extra ale pail, a false bottom, etc. But you don't need that.

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Old 02-16-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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Just buy the extract kit, and all you'll have to do is steep grains as always. That said, mini-mashing is a fun upgrade that isn't particularly difficult and doesn't require any expensive additional equipment (maybe $15 worth for a grain bag and a small 2-gallon cooler), and can help you make better beer. Do a search for mini-mash or partial mash, and you'll find plenty of threads that explain what the difference is.

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The AHS PM kits don't require a cooler. All you need is a grainbag large enough to fit in your pot and silp over the rim. I assume you have thermometer... Anyway, it's way easy and the directions from AHS are pretty idiot proof.... Go for it...it's really easy.

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I was gonna ask the same type question. I brewed a True Brew Red Ale kit for my first brew. I steeped specialty grains in a muslin bag before I got the water boiling. Is this mini mashing?

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I was gonna ask the same type question. I brewed a True Brew Red Ale kit for my first brew. I steeped specialty grains in a muslin bag before I got the water boiling. Is this mini mashing?
No, it is not.
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