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Old 12-08-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default Will going to a partial mash get rid of the extract twang?

I have brewed a few extract beers and have been generally disapointed in the results. My primary is empty (god forbid!) and I have seen a few threads on partial mash and am considering moving to that. I do not have the money to go AG but plan on obtaining AG equipment over time. My question is this. Can you still taste the extract twang with a partial mash? Does the quality of the beer go up a little or a lot? I'm considering doing a partial mash dopplebock and there is a lot of DME in the recipe I am looking at. I'd rather not waste the money and time if the result will still have that twang.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:53 PM   #2
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I have done only partials and they have turned out great. Not sure what you mean about the 'TWANG' I must not be familiar with that term (a noob).

You can always lower the amount of DME if you believe that it is too much.

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I have never been able to taste any kind of twang in any of my extract beers. If you are getting a twangy taste as is I doubt it will go away with a partial mash. It may get covered up a little but I would bet that it will still be there.

What do you use for your extract?

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In my experience, no. Boiling extract for any real length of time gives me that "twang". But, you can avoid it though by boiling just the results of the partial mash and top-up water, adjusting the amount of bittering hops (less) for the reduced wort concentration, then adding the extract in the last 10-15mins of the boil. You can add the aroma hops in the recipes' called-for amounts and boiling times as your wort will be full concentration in the last 15 minutes of the boil.

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yes, IMO...it vastly helped my beers when i moved to PM.

it depends entirely on the beer and your methodds, tho.

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I switched to PM & full boil at the same time and the beer quality improved quite a bit and got rid of the "twang". I think its from the full boil as much as the PM.

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At the same time I started doing partial mashes, I also started doing late extract additions. I haven't tasted that extract twang since. My beer has improved 250% from before, so yes I think it will help you.

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Thanks for the quick responses. I guess I'll be trying that PM doppelbock now......

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if you're adjusting the amount of bittering hops, do you add the rest of the bittering hops with the aroma hops at the end, or do you change the recipe completely?

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In my experience, no. Boiling extract for any real length of time gives me that "twang". But, you can avoid it though by boiling just the results of the partial mash and top-up water, adjusting the amount of bittering hops (less) for the reduced wort concentration, then adding the extract in the last 10-15mins of the boil. You can add the aroma hops in the recipes' called-for amounts and boiling times as your wort will be full concentration in the last 15 minutes of the boil.
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Can somebody please explain this "TWANG" taste? I hear twang I think of country music, I do not, I REPEAT DO NOT, want my beer tasting like country music sounds.

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