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Old 05-07-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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What would happen if I steeped 1 pound of 2 row pale malt with 1 pound of 10 lovibond crystal malt at 150 degrees for 30 minutes? What about 45 minutes? Will I get any fermentable sugars out of the crystal malt, or will this just result in flavors and mouthfeel? I am a beginner extract brewer and thinking about doing this steep (or minimash?) and adding it to my extract recipe. Thanks.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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Congratulations! You've just done your first partial mash! Now just up it to 10 pounds and you'll be brewing all grain! Seriously though, to get maximum conversion of the 2-row, you should steep it for at least 45 minutes in 153° water. Rinse the grains with 170° water, combine the liquid then start your boil. Making beer is pretty simple huh?

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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Awesome! How much fermentable sugar do you think I would get out of the 1 lb crystal and 1 lb 2 row?

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:41 PM   #4
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1lb of 2 row and 1lb of 10L in a 5 gallon batch would be 1.011SG...you'll obviously be adding DME but it's a good start.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:47 PM   #5
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Congratulations! You've just done your first partial mash! Now just up it to 10 pounds and you'll be brewing all grain! Seriously though, to get maximum conversion of the 2-row, you should steep it for at least 45 minutes in 153° water. Rinse the grains with 170° water, combine the liquid then start your boil. Making beer is pretty simple huh?
Not in "153°F water"...the mash ITSELF needs to be at 153 or so, so be sure to raise the temp on the water above that prior to adding your grains. I usually experience a 8-12°F drop when adding my grain, depending on conditions. Here is a good calculator to figure out your water temp:

Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators

Read through my thread on partial mashing, too:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy...ng-pics-75231/

There have been a lot of questions about mashing answered by myself and others.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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How much crystal and 2 row would you suggest I use for this experimental recipe I came up with?

Pale Ale?
5 lbs extra light dried malt extract
2 lbs rice syrup solids
1 lb 10 L crystal malt
1 lb 2 row pale malt
1/2 lb brown sugar?
1/3 oz Burton Water salts (contains papain and gypsum)
1 oz fuggles
Whitelabs American Ale Yeast blend

Too much 2 row? Too much crystal? Brown sugar? Too much rice syrup solids? Will this yeast be decent? I know either way it will be beer and it will be decent beer for me. I'm not too picky. But I do want it to be the best possible. Any suggestions?


 
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