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Old 04-01-2011, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hi,

So as of this point Ive only ever done extracts, and steeps. Never had to mash anything, so I wanted a couple of pointers.

I want to do the popcorn beer.

I REALLY want to do the popcorn beer.

So I was thinking of using the Stovetop mash technique by DeathBrewer. But I am unsure of the amount of pilsner malt id need to also to provide the ensymes to convert the Popcorn starch.

So say i wanted to use 1 pound of pop corn (probably bigger than my pot) how much malt would I need to use for conversion?

Could also use some 2row, but I want it to be as light as possible.

Tips?

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Building a mash tun is VERY easy and should only cost about $30. That would be my best suggestion.

All you need is:
(1) cooler
(4') PVC pipe
(4) PVC elbows
(1) PVC T fitting
(1) Ball valve

I am interested in this popcorn beer your talking about though...

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:59 PM   #3
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What is this popcorn beer you speak of ?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/popcorn-172838/

But I cant build a mash tun, aside from the fact that you just cant get things at those prices in Norway SWMBO just will "not" let me do that. Any specialy grains I use I have to rolling pin cause she would crap herself If I bought a corona mill :P

So I will be limited to a duel use crab pot (which only has one use )

Just need to know the ratio of conversion, ie what extra ensyms the malt has to give.
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yes you can mash like death brewers method just fine, but the cost of a small mash tun is relatively cheap!

To try and help answer your question...I would start with 3-4 Lbs of Pilsner malt. you may need less, some one might chime in and say you need more, but thats where I'd start and I wouldnt be afraid of not having full conversion.

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Man, i was "really" hoping youd say like half a pound. Not looking forward to hand cracking 4 pounds.

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there is another thread Labeled "popcorn" if you click the New Posts tab on the top of the page...the guy that used popcorn in his recipe used 4lbs Pilsner and 3 Lbs 6-row to convert 1.75 Lbs of popcorn

you might be able to get away with less being that your only looking to convert 1 lb..check out that thread and see what you think.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/popcorn-172838/

yes I linked it further up the page. Difference is I plan to use "just barly" enough pilsner malt to convert the popcorn, then use LME to provide all the other fermentables.

6 gallon batch in all probability.

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