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Old 08-20-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to brew a wit recipe with white wheat malt and I've read that a protein rest is recommended for this malt. Problem is I'm using a 5 gallon cooler for my mash, making it difficult to do multi-temp mashes. Is this really helpful? If so, is it possible to do this protein rest seperate from the rest of my grain "pre-mash"?

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Old 08-20-2007, 08:35 PM   #2
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I never do one with my wit, last time I got 80% efficiency and the beer comes out crystal clear. I would not worry about it.

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Old 08-20-2007, 08:42 PM   #3
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I'm getting ready to brew a wit recipe with white wheat malt and I've read that a protein rest is recommended for this malt. Problem is I'm using a 5 gallon cooler for my mash, making it difficult to do multi-temp mashes. Is this really helpful? If so, is it possible to do this protein rest seperate from the rest of my grain "pre-mash"?
As it's technically a wheat beer, I wouldn't worry about it. I never do a protein rest for my Blue Balls (Wit that is) and I use 50% flaked wheat.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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For what malt, its less of an issue. I'd reccomend the protein rest for unmalted wheat (flaked or otherwise), but wheat malt is fairly well modified at this point.

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Old 08-20-2007, 09:37 PM   #5
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Does the protein rest do anything other than improve efficiency?

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Does the protein rest do anything other than improve efficiency?
If used on well modified malts, it can break down proteins and give a thinner beer with poor head retention.
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