Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Easy Guide to Mini-Mash?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-02-2007, 05:09 AM   #1
Rook
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Rook's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Bothell, WA
Posts: 381
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Easy Guide to Mini-Mash?

I'm going to be brewing my third batch this weekend, and I'm going to do a mini mash. I've read up on howtobrew.com and in Papazian's book, but I'm unsure if I've got it right...

Bring 1.5qts water per each .5lb of grains I'm mashing to ~150º.
Steep (mash) grains for about an hour.
Have another 6-9qts of water heated at 170º waiting.
after my hour is up, pull the grains up out of the water, in a grain bag, put em in a strainer, then pour this 170º water over them to rinse them off.
Whats in the pot is now my wort and is ready for the extract and boiling. Is that the basic gist of it?

Thanks from a noob.

__________________
Rook
Rook is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
lgtg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 199
Default From what I can tell...(being a novice myself)

To brew a partial mash (in general terms),

1. place cold water in boiling pot on stove
2. load specialty grains in grain bag, place in cold water
3. begin heating water and steeping grains (±25-30 minute duration steep time)
4. just prior to boil, remove grain bag, let drain (Palmer says "gentle squeeze")
5. add liquid malt extract (remove from heat prior to adding and stir to prevent scorching at bottom of kettle)
6. return kettle to heat and bring to boil
7. follow recipe's perscribed hop schedule
8. additives in last 15 minutes of boil
9. total boil time is 1 hour.
10. remove from heat and place in "ice bath" in tub or sink.
11. gentley stir to expose wort to cooler outer sides of kettle.
12. when wort is 70° or below (preferably 60) take hydrometer reading, record.
13. begin a whirlpooling stir to pile up sediments to venter of kettle, this also becomes your aeration cycle.
14. with strainer, pour cooled wort into fermenter, additional aeration if desired, add yeast.

That's what I can gather....

Larry

__________________
lgtg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 06:09 PM   #3
Brewsmith
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Brewsmith's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Torrance, CA
Posts: 6,259
Liked 31 Times on 29 Posts

Default

Rook, you've got it. Lgtg, you're talking about steeping grains, which is a diferent procecss than mashing. Similar procedures, different things going on in the pot.

__________________
Fermenting:#160 Apollo/Calypso Pale Ale
Kegged:#153 Old Helicon Barleywine 2013, #157 Irish Red, #158 Mosaic IPA, #159 Bravo/Delta ESB
Up Next:Brown Porter, American Stout, Imperial Stout
My Recipes
Tuba Sonata

Smith & Co. Custom Tap Handles
Brewsmith is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 07:59 PM   #4
Willsellout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Willsellout's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oregon coast
Posts: 914
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rook
I'm going to be brewing my third batch this weekend, and I'm going to do a mini mash. I've read up on howtobrew.com and in Papazian's book, but I'm unsure if I've got it right...

Bring 1.5qts water per each .5lb of grains I'm mashing to ~150º.
Steep (mash) grains for about an hour.
Have another 6-9qts of water heated at 170º waiting.
after my hour is up, pull the grains up out of the water, in a grain bag, put em in a strainer, then pour this 170º water over them to rinse them off.
Whats in the pot is now my wort and is ready for the extract and boiling. Is that the basic gist of it?

Thanks from a noob.
this is what I am doing for the first time next weekend. Up until now I have been steeping, but it isn't all that different from mashing so figured might as well try it out. Should be interesting, that's for sure. Next step all grain!


Dan
__________________
Disgrunt-Aled Brewery
Primary One-empty
Primary Two-Empty
Secondary One-Empty
Secondary Two-Empty

On Tap: Hobgoblin, Coffee Stout
Bottled: Arrogant Bastard clone, Summit IPA, Apfelwein
Willsellout is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 08:08 PM   #5
lgtg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 199
Default Just a difference in terms

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willsellout
this is what I am doing for the first time next weekend. Up until now I have been steeping, but it isn't all that different from mashing so figured might as well try it out. Should be interesting, that's for sure. Next step all grain!


Dan
Not a pro here, but what Rook calls "Mini-Mash" is sounding like a watered down All Grain or Full Mash process, which is cool. In the future, that would be how I plan to see the process for the first time without being intimidated by tuns. There are some cool articles on the web on how to do all grain recipe's that take the fear out of it for a new guy...here's one I found the other day

http://www.classiccitybrew.com/homebrew.html/

The routine is for a three gallon batch but I'm sure that it can be modified easily enough?
__________________
lgtg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 08:11 PM   #6
lgtg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 199
Default Oh, my bad...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brewsmith
Rook, you've got it. Lgtg, you're talking about steeping grains, which is a diferent procecss than mashing. Similar procedures, different things going on in the pot.

Brewsmith, I see what you're saying. I misunderstood. Although, I've seen the term used differently. How does "mini" play into this? Is steeping called a "partial mash" ?? I understand the difference in processes, it's just the correct way of saying what that process is....
__________________
lgtg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 08:18 PM   #7
Willsellout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Willsellout's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oregon coast
Posts: 914
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lgtg
Brewsmith, I see what you're saying. I misunderstood. Although, I've seen the term used differently. How does "mini" play into this? Is steeping called a "partial mash" ?? I understand the difference in processes, it's just the correct way of saying what that process is....

I think what he is describing is either called a "mini mash" or a "partial mash". Although it gets kind of confusing because AHB call their steeping grain kits "mini mash". I call it a stepping stone to AG, as soon as I make my tun (I'm going to the plumbing supply today) I will be going AG. I can't wait, but it is a bit daunting. No matter how much I read, it still feels like I'm going to mess something up. Although this board and the How to Brew website really helped clarify things for me.


Dan
__________________
Disgrunt-Aled Brewery
Primary One-empty
Primary Two-Empty
Secondary One-Empty
Secondary Two-Empty

On Tap: Hobgoblin, Coffee Stout
Bottled: Arrogant Bastard clone, Summit IPA, Apfelwein
Willsellout is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 08:19 PM   #8
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,853
Liked 69 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 30

Default

Steeping is soaking speciality grains to remove flavours and colour along with sugar in the grain and is generally not done to add fermentables to a wort.

Mashing is soaking base malts at specific temperatures to convert starches into sugars and usually speciality grains are added at the same time to steep them (they do not require mashing)

Mini Mashing
is done with a smaller amount of grains and the rest of the fermentables is added as malt extract. Partial mash is the same as Mini Mash
__________________
GET THE GOBLIN
Have a beer on me.
Orfy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 09:07 PM   #9
Willsellout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Willsellout's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oregon coast
Posts: 914
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by orfy
Steeping is soaking speciality grains to remove flavours and colour along with sugar in the grain and is generally not done to add fermentables to a wort.

Mashing is soaking base malts at specific temperatures to convert starches into sugars and usually speciality grains are added at the same time to steep them (they do not require mashing)

Mini Mashing
is done with a smaller amount of grains and the rest of the fermentables is added as malt extract. Partial mash is the same as Mini Mash
Thanks, that clears it up!
__________________
Disgrunt-Aled Brewery
Primary One-empty
Primary Two-Empty
Secondary One-Empty
Secondary Two-Empty

On Tap: Hobgoblin, Coffee Stout
Bottled: Arrogant Bastard clone, Summit IPA, Apfelwein
Willsellout is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2007, 10:09 PM   #10
JnJ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 835
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willsellout
Although it gets kind of confusing because AHB call their steeping grain kits "mini mash".
Dan
I don't know about that. I order my kits from AHB most often. Their "Extract" kits come with specialty grains which must be steeped, then they have an option for a Mini-mash that includes base grains and must be mashed. I'll be doing my first mini mash from them this weekend.
__________________

Töpperwein Brewery

JnJ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mini mash vs. All grain - Mini Mash wins Grinder12000 General Beer Discussion 48 03-30-2010 12:22 PM
Mini-mash in cooler mash tun stuck dmako Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 12-31-2008 11:39 PM
easy mini mash ? nosmatt General Beer Discussion 3 11-18-2008 01:58 AM
Concise partial-mash guide? Torchiest All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 02-24-2007 12:34 AM
Guide to Mash Temperature Effects bobbyc All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 3 09-18-2006 03:28 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS