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Old 11-22-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Quick question regarding how to mash. I have a 5 gallon recipe for a Honey Wheat beer. I am going to be attempting to brew tomorrow. Do i put 5 gallons of water in my mash ton? then after my 60 min, i drain into my brew pot and measure then add water back into the brew pot to make 5 gallons?

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Quick question regarding how to mash. I have a 5 gallon recipe for a Honey Wheat beer. I am going to be attempting to brew tomorrow. Do i put 5 gallons of water in my mash ton? then after my 60 min, i drain into my brew pot and measure then add water back into the brew pot to make 5 gallons?
No. What you want to do is use 1.5 quarts of water per pound of grain in the mash, and then drain that off after 60 minutes. Measure that, and then add whatever volume of water you need back into the mash tun with the grain. Stir well, then drain.
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Based on your understanding of mashing, I would highly recommend watching a couple YouTube videos.

You should try and get an understanding of controlling your mash temperature and sparging.
There are some great videos that will help you out.

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Based on your understanding of mashing, I would highly recommend watching a couple YouTube videos.

You should try and get an understanding of controlling your mash temperature and sparging.
There are some great videos that will help you out.
What he said. I am fairly new to this hobby too, and am still trying to learn about mashing, YouTube has been my best friend in this process.
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Quick question regarding how to mash. I have a 5 gallon recipe for a Honey Wheat beer. I am going to be attempting to brew tomorrow. Do i put 5 gallons of water in my mash ton? then after my 60 min, i drain into my brew pot and measure then add water back into the brew pot to make 5 gallons?
List the ingredients of your recipe and we can help steer you.
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Yea, i have been watching Youtube videos for a few days. I just completed my first batch of beer yesterday. Tasted decent!

I got a firm grasp on the grain method. I am sure it will be a learning process. I am not concerned with making a great batch of beer. I am just learning.

The Youtube video i just watched said 1.25 Qt per pound of grain.

White Wheat 4lb
Flaked Wheat 1lb
Belgian Pilsner 3lb
Honey Malt 1lb

1.25 x 9 equals 11.25 Qt or 2.81 Gallons of water @ 152-154Degrees

Will set for Aprox 60 min...

Drain into brew pot after vorloft of course...

Batch sparge with 170 Degree water for 5 Min... (to make my 5 gallons)

Vorloft again...

Drain into brew pot...

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You might also want to check out this website, in addition to YouTube:

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/index.html

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With all that wheat I would recommend almost a pound of rice hulls and a thinner mash, maybe 1.5 to 1...the wheat has no husk and it is easy to get a stuck sparge since it can get rather porridge-like.

What are using for a mash tun?

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a big cooler i modified with PCV. I drilled 1/4 holes into the PCV that drain into a stainless steel valve. Its a nice set up so far. I wanted a better strainer however. I may have some get through tomorrow but i have a fine strainer i am going to use just in case. I think the grain bed will get thick and i hope it wont come through.

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I agree with the comment about thinning it out and adding rice hulls. You also need to add hotter water to get to your 153 temp. With your numbers the Mash Tun water should be 164. When mashing, I make sure the water is at the correct temperature and volume before adding the grain. That means I add more and hotter water than needed and get it correct. There is a great app on the iphone called brew math. There are other programs that will calculate it for you. Beer Smith can help you a lot and it is very little. Normally your sparge volume = your mash volume. You can then top off your brew kettle with plain hot water. Remember you will lose some volume in the boil. I have some light DME that I add if I miss my OG (When we started All Grain, we still have the DME but have not used it except for starters in a while).

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