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Old 02-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default heating grains before mash?

so i'm pretty awful at hitting my temperatures when mashing, so i was thinking about heating my grains by adding them to a dry vessel and placing them in heated water roughly around 154 F. i would intend on heating them without them being in contact with water to as close to my desired mash temperature as possible

any reason this wouldn't work?

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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It might, but it sounds like a lot of extra work. Are you using brewing software of any kind? Beersmith is pretty accurate and I think you can also get other software for free if you're on a budget.

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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yeah there are a lot of free mash calculators online that account for grain temperatures. They have been accurate for me.

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If those calculators the previous posters suggested still don't work for you, you can use your boil kettle to mash in. Being able to direct-fire your mash tun allows you to easily hit your desired temperature. If you don't have a screen or false bottom in your kettle, just pour the whole mess into your cooler mash tun after 60' for lautering and sparging. I frequently do this when I step mash or do a hybrid step-decoction mash, and never had any problems.

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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If those calculators the previous posters suggested still don't work for you, you can use your boil kettle to mash in. Being able to direct-fire your mash tun allows you to easily hit your desired temperature. If you don't have a screen or false bottom in your kettle, just pour the whole mess into your cooler mash tun after 60' for lautering and sparging. I frequently do this when I step mash or do a hybrid step-decoction mash, and never had any problems.
this is an excellent idea; i'm very glad you mentioned this.

how do you place the grains into your kettle? do you just dump them in? if so, do they ever burn? i have an aluminum 8 gallon kettle with no ball valve.
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