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Old 02-12-2009, 06:03 PM   #1
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i have a partial mash forthcoming in which i plan to include some wheat malt and carapils. i also intend on putting some chocolate malt into the recipe. my question is should I include the chocolate malt in the partial mash or still steep it as i would if it were all extract?

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Old 02-12-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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From noob to noob, I'd recommend putting it in the partial mash if you have the room. Certainly you can steep the chocolate malt, but doing it in the partial mash just makes for a much cleaner pot, and you don't lose precious wort when it gets soaked up. That's especially key for us partial boil folks. If you lose 1/2 a gallon of wort because it's sucked up in your grains and then you go to dilute with water to get up to 5 gallons, well now your gravity's all messed up.

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Old 02-12-2009, 06:12 PM   #3
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include it in the mash chocolate needs to be converted

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Mash it all together. That's how you'd be doing it if it was AG, and this is just a mini-version of AG.

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cool, that's what i thought, but i just wanted to run it by the experts first. thanks!

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include it in the mash chocolate needs to be converted
The Wiki says that chocolate doesn't need to be converted.
Chocolate Malt - Home Brewing Wiki

I thought any grain that was roasted did not need to be converted.
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It's not about "need". Once you've already got a mash going, it's advantageous and easy to do. There is still starch in there to be converted.

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i'm going to break down this partial mash into two pots so i can try a full boil. it will be a 5 gallon batch, what is the generally accepted amount that will be lost to evaporation?

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Depends on surface area and burner output, relative humidity, and elevation. Usually about a gallon per hour

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i know it's not the best way, but is it admissible to top off with water if i fall below 5 gal?

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