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Old 09-28-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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Default Where did the term "strike" come from in "strike water"?

Historically speaking, where did the term "strike" come from in "strike water"?

Is it because we "strike" the grain with the water when it's time to mash?

(Just one of the silly things that keeps me up at night... brewing terms drive me nuts).

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Old 09-28-2011, 02:30 AM   #2
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Great question Thanks it will probably keep me up all night. How about historical terms? Strike it rich. striking the mother load or rich. Could it be because we hit the temp with our water? We wanted 152 and once we struck it. We then proceeded to mash our grains. Best I could pull out of my posterior

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Old 09-28-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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Maybe it's something to do with baseball (pitching strikes).

or doesn't a blacksmith strike something hot?

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Old 09-28-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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Probably an americanization of a german brewing term (i.e., der Schtrikzewader, meaning "the hot water"). (I made that up )

Kaiser might know, but he hangs out at the AHA forum now.

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I'll toss in my .02. How about the fact that we're striking a balance between the temp of the water and the temp of the grain in order to achieve a desired final temp?

I as well, just made that up

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Old 09-28-2011, 08:35 PM   #6
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The older meaning of "strike" was "pass over lightly, stroke, smooth, rub" - not to hit something as it means today. It comes from the Latin word strigil which was ancient tool for scraping the skin after a bath.

My guess is that one is "smoothly stroking" the sugar out of the grain.

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Probably an americanization of a german brewing term (i.e., der Schtrikzewader, meaning "the hot water"). (I made that up )

Kaiser might know, but he hangs out at the AHA forum now.
Dammit. You had me!
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Doesn't anyone else imagine their grain entering the strike water like a comet hitting the earth and exploding beer goodness into the atmosphere? Anybody? No?

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It's a great question. I can guess... but I'm looking forward to hearing the answer.

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The older meaning of "strike" was "pass over lightly, stroke, smooth, rub" - not to hit something as it means today. It comes from the Latin word strigil which was ancient tool for scraping the skin after a bath.

My guess is that one is "smoothly stroking" the sugar out of the grain.
While I have been known to to smoothly stroke my wife, I've never struck her. I say this one is a stretch.

[now, where's that wife.... ]
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