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Old 12-20-2007, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Interest in countertop partial mashing...

After my first semi-successful extract brew, I read and collected two BYO stories about countertop partial mashing and also “mini” mashing.

I am tempted to try it, as opposed to do another extract.

Searching around here I found some who did. I liked what Yooperbrew wrote -the bottling bucket and bag method.


Any others who like or liked the method?

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Old 12-20-2007, 12:39 PM   #2
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I say go for it. It really isn't that hard.

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:18 PM   #3
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I started partial mashing with a simple 2-gallon MLT based on this DIY article:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=19413
It was very easy, a lot of fun, and when I finally went all-grain, I just bought a 5-gallon rubbermaid cooler for $16 and swapped the "guts" directly into it.

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:29 PM   #4
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Do whatever you're comfortable with, just get started! You will thank yourself once you're doing AG.

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I started partial mashing with a simple 2-gallon MLT based on this DIY article:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=19413
It was very easy, a lot of fun, and when I finally went all-grain, I just bought a 5-gallon rubbermaid cooler for $16 and swapped the "guts" directly into it.
+1 on that. although i haven't tasted the first partial mash beer yet, the hydro samples are tasting good. i won't be going AG for a while so this is a rewarding stop along the way!
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:23 PM   #6
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I've been doing PM in a 5 gallon cooler for several months now. It's easy and the beer is much better.

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I like partial mashes, they're much faster than all grain. Maybe 40% of my brews are PM.

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I really like the idea of going to PM after a few extract brews as a stepping stone up to AG. I still want to get the hang of the extract brews first, but I will keep an eye on this thread.

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My last several beers have been AG, but I'm "going back" to PMs and Extract batches for some of my brews. I want to brew more than once a month and with two small kids and a full calendar of weekend activities that means brewing on weeknights so AG is not as attractive.

For my PM batches, I put the crushed grains in a large grain bag, heat the strike water (1.25 qts per pound) in a 13-qt stock pot on the stove, drop the grain bag in and mash on the stove top for about 45 minutes. For sparging, I heat enough sparge water in a separate pot to make 2.5 gallons total and add it to the main mash. Swish the grain bag around for 10 minutes or so and call it good.

This is my main boil, to which I add the hops. In the last 15 minutes I add the extract. Then cool (ice bath in the kitchen sink), pour into the fermenter, add top off water, aerate, pitch yeast, and still have time to catch the evening news before bed.

I don't do a full boil, or bother with my MLT or immersion chiller. If I'm going to do any of those, I may as well just do AG.

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Old 12-20-2007, 06:54 PM   #10
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Definitely go to PM. I made the jump a few batches ago. If you go the cooler route, like I did, just a suggestion but buy the larger cooler. The article pointed out doing it in a 2 gallon cooler, but I suggest buying the 5 gallon so you can move onto all-grain someday without buying another cooler

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