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Old 11-17-2006, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default What are the basic steps and pitfalls in simple mashing?

I am fairly new to brewing, but making all grain batches intrigues me. I realize that I will have to start with partial grain, but I don't know much beyond crush the grains, steep in hot water for some period of time, and then sparge with hot water. Can someone set me straight on the basic steps please? Also, what is the purpose of these steps (in other words, what does it do to the grain)?

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www.howtobrew.com

This is probably the best reference material on the web and will answer those questions and more.


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I am fairly new to brewing, but making all grain batches intrigues me. I realize that I will have to start with partial grain, but I don't know much beyond crush the grains, steep in hot water for some period of time, and then sparge with hot water. Can someone set me straight on the basic steps please? Also, what is the purpose of these steps (in other words, what does it do to the grain)?

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converts starch to sugar and if you are going grain go all grain. It is pretty easy.
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I am fairly new to brewing, but making all grain batches intrigues me. I realize that I will have to start with partial grain, but I don't know much beyond crush the grains, steep in hot water for some period of time, and then sparge with hot water. Can someone set me straight on the basic steps please? Also, what is the purpose of these steps (in other words, what does it do to the grain)?

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I'm new as well, and even though I should probabily be mashing as well because those are my favorite flavors.......its far too complicated to just jump into......

I've looked at this realistically and I can't honestly say that I would even attempt this without a couple years experience under my belt.......

Here are some things to just get your feet wet....

http://www.18000feet.com/minimash/page1.htm
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=8805

Basically, I cant explain the steps, step by step and why you do them but from the reading I have done your extracting the flavor and natural sugars from the grains so that you have a base before you add your extract and stuff.....
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Mashing isn't that hard, really. It CAN be really complicated, but for most beers a single-infusion mash (just holding one temp for an hour), along with a batch sparge, gets the job done. You might not want to do it on the first batch, but no reason you can't start some mini-mashes fairly early on.

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The stupid 'Beer at Brian's' videos currently mentioned in this forum, while not exactly 100% the best way to do things, do give a pretty good overview of the mashing process.


Don't take the process as the best way to do it, but if you watch it all as a good overview of what's involved in all grain brewing, it can be helpful.
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Mashing isn't that hard, really. It CAN be really complicated, but for most beers a single-infusion mash (just holding one temp for an hour), along with a batch sparge, gets the job done. You might not want to do it on the first batch, but no reason you can't start some mini-mashes fairly early on.
Ok, complicated, I'll go with that.....
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The stupid 'Beer at Brian's' videos currently mentioned in this forum, while not exactly 100% the best way to do things, do give a pretty good overview of the mashing process.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XgtnJwEktw

Don't take the process as the best way to do it, but if you watch it all as a good overview of what's involved in all grain brewing, it can be helpful.
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Ok, complicated, I'll go with that.....
What is so complicated?

You put grains in.

Add water

Wait 60 minutes

drain water and add more water

Wait 10 minutes

drain

It is easy.

I think if you are going to buy parts to do a partial mash you should just do a full mash.
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What is so complicated?

You put grains in.

Add water

Wait 60 minutes

drain water and add more water

Wait 10 minutes

drain

It is easy.

I think if you are going to buy parts to do a partial mash you should just do a full mash.
Well, its more complicated then anything i've done.......but like I said, I'm still just starting......


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