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Old 10-23-2007, 09:12 PM   #1
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Just curious if you use/think multi rest mashing is absolutely necessary? The multi rest method seems like a real pain with the cooler style mash tun, and I was wondering if the benefits of a multi rest mash really outweigh the hassles.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:14 PM   #2
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Depends on the beer. The only multi-step mashes I have done have been when I've done decoctions. Acid and protein rests are nice for hefeweizens, and I did a protein rest with the bock. For 98% of recipes with today's highly modified malts, they're unneccessary.

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...For 98% of recipes with today's highly modified malts, they're unneccessary...
That's why I avoid that other 2%.

My only recipe that would use it because of ingredients, is my blue-balls belgian.

But then again...it's a wheat beer so no need.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:30 PM   #4
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Baron got me hooked on the acid rest for a hefe; the batch I made had a real nice tartness as a result. Not too much, just right.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:32 PM   #5
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Baron got me hooked on the acid rest for a hefe; the batch I made had a real nice tartness as a result. Not too much, just right.
Hmm, I may have to try that next time. What's your process?
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:49 PM   #6
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On a related note, are they really necessary for lagers? I've been reading through recipes in BYO's clone mag and a lot use a multi-rest.

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Old 10-24-2007, 06:24 PM   #7
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multi rest not necessary? i really depends on what you want to achieve. i personally subscribe to palmers schedule of 40,60,70. although i tend to fluctuate the last 2 by a few degrees.

i guess its not necessary if you really dont want to experiment with flavor and abv.

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i guess its not necessary if you really dont want to experiment with flavor and abv.
I'm not sure I would agree with that particular sentiment... what kinds of malts are you using? If you're malt is highly modified and you're doing a protein rest, you're risking killing your body and head retention. I listen to Jamil pretty regularly, he's a pretty strong advocate of single-infusion for almost all beer styles, and there are certainly plenty of other variables to work with.
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I like to do multi step on some beers. Kind of adds something to the brew day. I will say the beers I have done decoctions on have been my best beers. Might be other factors, I really don't know.

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Just curious if you use/think multi rest mashing is absolutely necessary? The multi rest method seems like a real pain with the cooler style mash tun, and I was wondering if the benefits of a multi rest mash really outweigh the hassles.

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I just did a wheat from the BYO clone issue that had three temp rests plus a mash out. Check into the steam heated mlt thread. Was pretty easy to do with the steam.
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