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Old 04-16-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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I'm trying Jamil and Palmer's wittebrew for my second all grain batch. The mash schedule in the book has dough-in at 122f, with direction to gradually raise mash to 154 after a 15 min protein rest at 122.
I'm planning to use 2 infusion steps to get to 154 instead of decoction techniques. My mash tun is a modified 48 qt ice cube cooler, so i can't apply direct heat without something like yuri's steam system. Does this plan sound reasonable? Will the two steps cause me to miss some temperature range i should more slowly ascend through?

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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I think you'll be allright

Like me, All I can do is single infusion and I don't even worry about protein rest

Your not going to make exactly the same beer that Jamil makes but it will still be a good one!

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If you want to try stepping with infusion, start off with a thick mash of only 1qt/lb.

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If you want to try stepping with infusion, start off with a thick mash of only 1qt/lb.
Thanks, that's actually the thickness i plugged into brewtarget mash calculator. Dough-in was calculated to just over 3 gallons, for a 12 lb grain bill, so it looks like i'll be right in that range.
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Make sure to report back how this one goes - I was just discussing something similar with a friend.

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Brew day went well. I hit all of my target temps and gravity with the volumes and water temps from brewtarget. I ended up with a 7.5 minute rest at 139 as the intermediate step between 122 and 154, but I really don't know that I accomplished anything useful by doing this. I might have to try this again with a single step from 122F to 154F to see if I wasted my time with an intermediate infusion step.

Lautering was easy, even with 6 lbs of flaked wheat and flaked oats (i can only assume this is due to the rice hulls, since i have not done an AG batch with oats/wheat yet.) Pleased with the Wit so far. Beautiful color and smelled great.

Will try to report back in a few more weeks when bottling time comes around.

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