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Old 11-22-2008, 10:07 PM   #211
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I just did my very first batch of beer. I used your method, Deathbrewer. I'm doing a 2.5 gallon batch since it's my first try. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Here's the recipe I came up with:

2 lbs. Pale Malt - Golden Promise England 2 Row 1.7-2.0 Lovibond
2 lbs. Pale Malt - Schreier American 2 Row 2.0 Lovibond
1 lb. Amber Dry Extract
2 oz. Argentine Cascade Pellet hops 3.2% AA- 60 mins boil
Wyeast 1056 American Ale

I mashed about 2 lbs of grain at a time in 1 gallon of water since I didn't have two large pots. Mash was about 150*F. I sparged at about 170*F with 2 gallons of water in my large pot. After I combined the contents of each pot and got the boil going, I added the dry malt extract and hops.

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Old 11-22-2008, 10:14 PM   #212
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looks like a wonderfully simple recipe...shoot, nearly all-grain with only 1 lb of extract! for your first brew, even. cheers to that!


did you just do one mash after the other? that's why this method is awesome, you can improvise with whatever equipment you have!

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Old 11-22-2008, 10:20 PM   #213
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Exactly, I mashed 2 lbs of grain, then moved it into the sparge pot. After that, I started mashing the other 2 lbs of grain.

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Old 11-24-2008, 02:00 AM   #214
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I am in the middle of my second mini mash using your method. The pictorial rocked by the way. Thanks for your hard work!

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well, this has certainly been a success. i'm glad to see it's helped out so many! tonight i'm starting a new thread after i finish my banana bread ale:

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You can all grain brew on a stove top? No need for a propane burner? I am in.

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You can all grain brew on a stove top? No need for a propane burner? I am in.
Bigger Pots + Bigger Bag = All Grain with the same methods. I do it when I'm lazy and have done mashes with 12lbs of grain with two 32qt SS pots.
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Just used your technique to do my AHS Irish Red Mini mash kit!

Learned...I need a bigger pot to sparge properly like you. I wound up using a smaller pot and ladeling the sparge water until there was enough room in the pot to do the tea bag - seemed to work just fine.

Everything went super smoothly though! Thanks Deathbrewer! I'll be getting a bigger pot (hopefully for christmas) and that will make it so smooth. I'll probably get a big enough pot to go all grain.

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Question for DeathBrewer and others successfully using this method:

When doing a partial mash using this method, what kind of mash efficiency are you getting?

All of the partial mash recipes from my LHBS are created with enough extract so that the specialty grains only have to be steeped, but not mashed.

I made the 'mistake' a couple of batches back of mashing the specialty grains in such a recipe and came out with too high of a target OG. It kind of threw my recipe off from there, but ended up being a drinkable beer.

On the other hand, I've been experimenting with some custom PM recipes set up in BeerSmith and they have been a little on the light body side lacking some mouth feel.

So, I'm trying to find a nice balance between getting the most from the grains in terms of flavor etc. and brewing true to the recipe, style, and ABV.

Thoughts?

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Question for DeathBrewer and others successfully using this method:

When doing a partial mash using this method, what kind of mash efficiency are you getting?
generally 70%+...i can easily get 75% if i take my time, hit my temps, and use enough water.

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All of the partial mash recipes from my LHBS are created with enough extract so that the specialty grains only have to be steeped, but not mashed.
steeping is entirely different than mashing. specialty grains cannot be "mashed" without the presence of base malts. What you are buying are probably "extract with steeping grains" recipes.

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I made the 'mistake' a couple of batches back of mashing the specialty grains in such a recipe and came out with too high of a target OG. It kind of threw my recipe off from there, but ended up being a drinkable beer.
didn't account for your base malt? it's hard to screw up beer, isn't it?

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On the other hand, I've been experimenting with some custom PM recipes set up in BeerSmith and they have been a little on the light body side lacking some mouth feel.
are you using this method? give me an example of one of your recipes and i could maybe help out.

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So, I'm trying to find a nice balance between getting the most from the grains in terms of flavor etc. and brewing true to the recipe, style, and ABV.

Thoughts?
consistency is key, it's hard to make a beer to style if you don't know what your efficiency is going to be. get your method locked down.

again, let me know if you would like any recipe help. i really enjoy recipe formulation and i've gotten fairly good at it...plus i use lots of references and understand what certain grains impart. experimentation with SIMPLE RECIPES is key.
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