Originally Posted by bneshe01
Bumping this. Considering making some myself. Anyone ever do the saliva on cornmeal method to convert the star ches?
All corn or corn and barley? If you use all corn you need something to convert the starches to sugars and your saliva is one method. If you use some barley in the mash, it has excess enzymes that will do the converting for you, no saliva required. It takes at least 1/3 by weight of barley to provide enough enzymes and even then it depends on the way the barley was malted. Check the specifications of the barley to be sure it has enough. If you do all corn, you can also purchase enzymes.