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Old 09-11-2006, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Please help me understand

I am very new to brewing. I have my first extract batch in the secondary and plan to brew my second batch this weekend. I have also read John Plamers book cover to cover, but I am still confused with what the difference between partial and mini mash.

Could someone please clear this up for me?

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Old 09-11-2006, 01:21 PM   #2
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No difference. They are both names for the same technique where you mash a few pounds of grain (2 Row and specialty) but still add extract during the boil.
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Old 09-12-2006, 04:08 PM   #3
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Typically in a mini-mash you are using just enough 2-row to convert the specialty grains, but people rarely make a distinction. I think of a partial as a high gravity ale, like a barleywine, where I have to use some extract to bring it up to the target gravity. This is because my equipment is sized for my typical (1.035-70) batch and I'm not willing buy/build bigger gear.
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