Originally Posted by mdf191
hmm. Im assuming dextrine malt also lacks enzymes needed? If only base malts have what i need and I did go will bit of base malt for enzyme support, do you think 1 lb would do it?
dextrin malt is already converted in the kilning process which also denatures the enzymes. So no it does not.
I would recommend 1# 6-row to 1# adjunct or 1.5# 2-row to 1# adjunct. That is probably over kill but its better than not converting and having starch haze in your beer. I don't use a conversion test so I just always make sure I have enough enzymes and give it enough time to convert.
A large grain bag in a bottling bucket, or better a cooler is a cheap way to get starter.
For a few $ more you can create a MLT with a cooler, a drilled rubber stopper, a short piece of copper tubing and a steel braid from a toilet/sink supply line. I built mine including the new cooler for about $30. However I did eventually upgrade to a bulkhead and ball valve.