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Old 05-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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Yep, I'd just add DME for this. It's the easiest way to get that gravity boost for those final few points, and in a big beer like a RIS, those few pounds of DME won't change your flavor profile as it might in a beer that requires low mash temps.
Exactly this, use the needed amount of DME to replace the base grain. Quality wont suffer one bit. I think a majority of the barleywine finalists in a homebrew competition used atleast some DME as they had the same problem you did.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:47 PM   #12
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Exactly this, use the needed amount of DME to replace the base grain. Quality wont suffer one bit. I think a majority of the barleywine finalists in a homebrew competition used atleast some DME as they had the same problem you did.
+1. I'd go with either a small batch (my personal preference) or DME. For a barleywine, there is so much flavor and odd stuff going on that you won't notice if it's a n extract batch in the least.


But if you want to try the magic wand, I think Morebeer has them. I was going to pick one up last year, but I went with a March Pump instead. Kind of regretting it now.
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You can do I believe it is called an interative mash. I did it once and was quite pleased.

Basically you divide your grain in half and mash one half to start. Use a little less water than normal. After conversion, drain this off (no extra water), and then do a small sparge. Clean out your mash tun, add the rest of the grain, and use the wort from the first half of the grain to mash in the rest of the grain. Proceed as normal.

A nice advantage of doing this is you end up with a smaller volume to boil down to hit your target SG. Your efficiency will suffer a little, but it wasn't that much when I did it.

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Scale the recipe back a couple gallons.

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