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Old 08-21-2011, 02:04 AM   #1201
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Wow. Just picked up a bottle of Franziskaner Dunkel at my local grocery store and at first I thought they had just changed the label on it because the hefe's are normally gold/yellow. This one was red. Then I noticed it was a dunkel and picked it up, because of Deathbrewer and his awesome writeup that Ive recently discovered I normally don't do dark beers so I thought I would give it a shot...it is amazing. I'll tell you how good the smell was lol. I was messing with my fermenting chamber after I had poured the dunkel and set it on the counter. I kept smelling something awesome and thought it was coming from my fermenter, then realized it was coming from the dunkel I just poured about 5 feet away, not even kidding. Could drink this dunkel all day. I will be brewing your Dunkelweizen very soon Deathbrewer

@thedude00 I don't know how to quote so to answer your question, the 5 gallon batch I have in my fermenter is a Bavarian Hefeweizen from AHS, their mini mash kits are pretty good, yes you can partial mash just like deathbrewer does with one of those. The only problem I find with the kits from AHS is they contain about 4 lbs of dme and 3-3.5 lbs of grain. I like to get as close as I can to as much grains as my system will hold, which is about 5-6 lbs. I also like to get as little extract as possible. So I usually tweek recipes to make it fit my system, but if this is your first venture into partial mashing then by all means the recipes from AHS are great and you will not be disappointed.

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Old 08-21-2011, 02:16 PM   #1202
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Wow. Just picked up a bottle of Franziskaner Dunkel at my local grocery store and at first I thought they had just changed the label on it because the hefe's are normally gold/yellow. This one was red. Then I noticed it was a dunkel and picked it up, because of Deathbrewer and his awesome writeup that Ive recently discovered I normally don't do dark beers so I thought I would give it a shot...it is amazing. I'll tell you how good the smell was lol. I was messing with my fermenting chamber after I had poured the dunkel and set it on the counter. I kept smelling something awesome and thought it was coming from my fermenter, then realized it was coming from the dunkel I just poured about 5 feet away, not even kidding. Could drink this dunkel all day. I will be brewing your Dunkelweizen very soon Deathbrewer

@thedude00 I don't know how to quote so to answer your question, the 5 gallon batch I have in my fermenter is a Bavarian Hefeweizen from AHS, their mini mash kits are pretty good, yes you can partial mash just like deathbrewer does with one of those. The only problem I find with the kits from AHS is they contain about 4 lbs of dme and 3-3.5 lbs of grain. I like to get as close as I can to as much grains as my system will hold, which is about 5-6 lbs. I also like to get as little extract as possible. So I usually tweek recipes to make it fit my system, but if this is your first venture into partial mashing then by all means the recipes from AHS are great and you will not be disappointed.
Thanks for the info i may take a shoot at this method at try one of those kits. I feel the same way i would like to use as much grain and as less dme as i can. I heard some where that 1 pound of dme is like 1.2 pounds of grain
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:03 AM   #1203
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1 pound of grain is .6 pounds DME and .75 pounds lme .If your going for a dunkelweizen or hefeweizen use one of deathbrewers recipes if you can mash that much grain because it comes out to a perfect 3 lbs of dme and you don't have to measure out ounces for your dme. If you can't do 5 pounds of grains but only 3-4 then the ahs mini mashes can't be beat.

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Old 08-22-2011, 03:41 AM   #1204
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:28 PM   #1205
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Default Thanks for the instructions and pics! Working out great!

Wanted to thank you for your instructions on your stove top BIAB system. I live in a condo and don't have the means to brew outside with a burner. After my first 3 all extract kits, I moved to partial mash using your system. I then brewed 9 partial mash batches that all came out well. I've now moved on to all grain. People are amazed that I can brew all grain batches on my electric stove top while using a BIAB system. I'm getting excellent efficiencies. Usually between 75%-85%. I've had to adjust my recipes to account for higher than normal eff rates. Thanks again!

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Old 08-24-2011, 06:57 AM   #1206
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I will be brewing my third and fouth batches soon. These will be my first partial mashes. First I was thinking of getting the Spotted Cow partial mash clone kit (Speckled Heffer) from Northern Brewer and adding 3lbs. of organic raspberries to secondary. Thought it would be a good base for a raspberry cream ale. Any thoughts?
My 4th batch will be a Strong Dark Belgian. My first batch was an extract SDB. I like how it turned out, but am excited to see how I can improve it with a PM. Hoping to get more raisin with some Special B. If anyone could point me toward a good PM recipe for a SDB I would be grateful.

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:26 AM   #1207
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Hey Deathbrewer..Ive been browsing the forums and noticed that your AG and PM dunkelweizens looks like this

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6lbs wheat
4lbs Munich
.25 choc

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3lbs wheat
3lbs Wheat DME
2lbs munich
.25 choc.

I just wanted to see if there's any particular reason from going from 60/40 ratio all grain to 80/20 PM between the wheat/munich. Just curious if you use more of certain grains for pm vs ag. The way I have been converting recipes is to just drop 5lbs off the base grain and sub in 3lbs dme, does this sound right ? I'm sure both would make awesome beers, I actually have the PM recipe exactly from above arriving sometime tomorrow according to my tracking# I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again for all the help and advice on the forums DB.

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Old 09-04-2011, 01:21 AM   #1208
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Thanks for this idiot proof write-up. I used it last night for my Octoberfest partial mashing some Vienna and Munich malts. The only error I made was getting a little too happy with the DME doubting I did the mashing correctly. My wort finished at 1.068 when I was hoping for a 1.056'ish. Oh well another lesson learned, and great write up that works! Thanks again.

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I will be trying this method, looks very easy........1 question.....in step 6 you add extract, is that powdered? I'm a newbie and all the extract I've ever seen was syrupy.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:39 PM   #1210
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I will be trying this method, looks very easy........1 question.....in step 6 you add extract, is that powdered? I'm a newbie and all the extract I've ever seen was syrupy.
Thanks again!
Yes there are two different types of extract, liquid malt extract (LME) and Dry malt extract (DME). The dme is a little better in quality but also more expensive. To convert them over from grain DME= .6lb dme for every 1lb of grain while LME=.75 lb lme for every 1lb of grain.
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