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grainstoglass 02-22-2012 01:44 PM

My Wife Thought She Was Being Helpful!
 
I brewed up a batch of Pale Ale the other night and my wife decided she wanted to play the role of assistant brewer. I had filled my brew kettle with the appropriate amount of strike water, Unfortunately while I was getting some things ready in the other room, my wife decided to heat up the strike water and dump in the grain before it was even close to mash temperature. When I came back into the kitchen I was like what the hell are you doing? She replies "I was just trying to help." Any ideas on what I should expect from this flaw in the process? Will the beer just be super dry?

Once I got it to temperature I mashed at 154 for 45 minutes. Its fermenting away now and smells amazing, but I am a bit concerned about the result the improper mashing will have on the beer flavor and mouthfeel.

Anyone have any experience with this?

ArcaneXor 02-22-2012 01:45 PM

It's no problem - many people do step mashes that start at temperatures in the 110s to 130s. If it does end up being too thin/dry, you can always add maltodextrin to boost the body.

grainstoglass 02-22-2012 03:13 PM

Thanks for the advice I'm just happy to hear that its not going to be a complete waste of time and money.

Homercidal 02-22-2012 03:23 PM

I could make a joke about this, but you really should be encouraging her to help.

It doesn't sound like it will ruin the beer if you got it up to 154 in a reasonable amount of time.

pernox 02-22-2012 04:23 PM

If it's no good, you need to get a couple foot massages out of her.

...But it'll be fine. As stated, mashing at a lower temperature before your final saccarification rest is a normal practice.

NervousDad 02-22-2012 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Homercidal (Post 3816447)
I could make a joke about this, but you really should be encouraging her to help.

It doesn't sound like it will ruin the beer if you got it up to 154 in a reasonable amount of time.

+1 I would love it if my wife would help me out... Or at least complain less about the smell when I brew :)

jester5120 02-22-2012 04:27 PM

Your wife has secrectly mastered brewing and was trying to teach you how to step mash

HopHeadGrady 02-22-2012 04:31 PM

Accidental protein rest? LOL

Im sure it will be fine. I mucked up my first mash that I did when brewing a mash extract much the same as you have. I tasted it after two weeks and almost honked. Cracked one last night after 6 weeks in the bottle and it's awesome. Upon finishing 1 liter, I promtly took 6 more from storage and popped em into the fridge. It's shaping up to be a good weekend :)

Overall, a small price to pay to have your wifes support.

bessieflames 02-22-2012 04:37 PM

At least she didn't heat it up to 180* and dump it in.....

LowNotes 02-22-2012 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bessieflames (Post 3816774)
At least she didn't heat it up to 180* and dump it in.....

Hehe, or "Oh, the water is boiling, must be time to add the grains"


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