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Old 02-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-22-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice I'm just happy to hear that its not going to be a complete waste of time and money.

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Old 02-22-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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