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cell 10-26-2009 01:49 AM

Partial mash vs extract brewing
 
Why do people switch from extract brewing to partial-mash brewing? Is partial-mash cheaper? Does it make better beer?

Parker36 10-26-2009 01:53 AM

Partial mash is kind of an in between step between extract and AG. Some people use it as a way to learn the AG methods, others don't have the space or equipment for AG so its the closest they can get.

You can make great beer with either method, but partial mash gives you more freedom and control over what goes into it

SavageSteve 10-26-2009 02:00 AM

I'm a partial masher who started as an extract brewer. I do it for four reasons (in no particular order):

1. To learn mashing/sparging/lautering techniques on a small scale
2. To add a "fresher" malt flavor to my beer (this could be debated)
3. To use grains that must be mashed, for which there is no extract available
4. To feel a bit more connected to the brewing process instead of just dumping ingredients together.

On the whole, I like it, but it is a bit more work and lengthens the brew day compared to extract brewing.

-Steve

peripatetic 10-26-2009 02:06 AM

Partial mash is simply extract brewing with one extra step -- you steep a bag of grains at the beginning. Everything else is the same. With the wide variety of specialty grains available, adding this one very simple step (requiring zero extra equipment) can give you a lot of flexibility in terms of the flavor of your beer.

It really is a small leap. In fact, my very first kit was an "extract kit" with a bag of grains to steep. I didn't even know at the time that I was technically doing a "partial mash."

WIP 10-26-2009 02:09 AM

I didn't know until now that I am a partial mash brewer. lol

The least grains I have used is 2 lbs.

jldc 10-26-2009 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peripatetic (Post 1632813)
Partial mash is simply extract brewing with one extra step -- you steep a bag of grains at the beginning. Everything else is the same. With the wide variety of specialty grains available, adding this one very simple step (requiring zero extra equipment) can give you a lot of flexibility in terms of the flavor of your beer.

It really is a small leap. In fact, my very first kit was an "extract kit" with a bag of grains to steep. I didn't even know at the time that I was technically doing a "partial mash."

PM is more than Extract with steeped grains. It requires steeping at controlled temperatures and using grains with diastatic power (the enzymes to cleave starches into simple sugars).

peripatetic 10-26-2009 02:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jldc (Post 1632838)
PM is more than Extract with steeped grains. It requires steeping at controlled temperatures and using grains with diastatic power (the enzymes to cleave starches into simple sugars).

Well, yes. You have to use the right grains, and you have to steep it correctly. That goes without saying (I thought). But it is correct to say that it only adds one step to the process, and shouldn't be seen as anything to be intimidated by. That was my main point.

Parker36 10-26-2009 02:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peripatetic (Post 1632860)
Well, yes. You have to use the right grains, and you have to steep it correctly. That goes without saying (I thought). But it is correct to say that it only adds one step to the process, and shouldn't be seen as anything to be intimidated by. That was my main point.

I think you are confusing steeping grains and a partial mash. They are different and although not overly difficult, PM does involve more

WIP 10-26-2009 02:36 AM

Ok, so maybe I am not doing a PM. Anyone have a good link to a partial mash writeup to clarify?

jldc 10-26-2009 02:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peripatetic (Post 1632860)
Well, yes. You have to use the right grains, and you have to steep it correctly. That goes without saying (I thought). But it is correct to say that it only adds one step to the process, and shouldn't be seen as anything to be intimidated by. That was my main point.

OK, I agree with that.


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