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Old 05-29-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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I am taking the plunge with my first PM and reading about it just confuses me more so I will try this route. This beer will be an Octoberfest (Ale) and my extract recipe was 3 pounds light DME, 3 pounds amber, and 1 pound caramunich steeped. I have two 5 gal pots to work with. 1st question- in beersmith, it gives me a ton of options under mash profile. So...would this be a single infusion, medium body, batch sparge?

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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Have you read through DeathBrewer's most excellent tutorial?
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy...ng-pics-75231/

I have used that for a while now and it works very well and would highly recommend trying it for your first partial mash!

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:24 PM   #3
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I'd use the single temp, medium body option. That will work for most beers.

If you make your mash settings for 1.5 quarts per pound of grain, that should also be a nice way to start.

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:28 PM   #4
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I have read it several times

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Is the mash out the sparge amount/time

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Have you read through DeathBrewer's most excellent tutorial?
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy...ng-pics-75231/

I have used that for a while now and it works very well and would highly recommend trying it for your first partial mash!
+1. I used DB's method for my first PM and it was easy. It will negate the paralysis by analysis you might be feeling.
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Question 3- it looks like there is loss of volume to evaporation and grain absorption. Is there a rule of thumb to follow for these so I can get close to my 3 gal boil?

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Question 3- it looks like there is loss of volume to evaporation and grain absorption. Is there a rule of thumb to follow for these so I can get close to my 3 gal boil?
It varies from system to system, especially with evaporation rates. Absorption loss depends, too, mostly on how patient you are in drawing wort from the mash.

I generally guessed about .1 to .2 gallons per pound of grain in absorption loss. Figure a gallon of evaporation loss for a 60 min. boil, but it's going to depend on your equipment. Go with a general number until you figure out your system.
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download a trial of beersmith, I believe they have a grain absorption area in there

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+1. I used DB's method for my first PM and it was easy. It will negate the paralysis by analysis you might be feeling.
PM is really just like steeping grain w/in a narrower temperature range to accomplish conversion, then rinsing the grain to get the remaining sugars.

Pre-boil volume is just batch size plus anticipated boil off plus losses to trub etc. If you are doing a partial boil, then your top-off water can vary. If you are running short during the boil, top off to maintain volume.

Sometimes quantifying everything is much harder than it is in practice.
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