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Old 06-28-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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Brewed a dead guy ale clone kit this weekend. The kit was extract with about 2.5 lbs of specialty grains, so i took more of a mini-mash approach and worked hard on maintaing 150 degrees mash temp for about 45 minutes. Then strained and sparged prior to moving onto the normal extract additions and hops. The brewing went real good, and final result was an OG of 1.072. The recipe targets an OG of 1.063 - 1.064. So the question is, did my mini mash approach yeild more sugar from the steeping grains, therefore uping my gravity. And would this be considered higher mash efficiency?


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Old 06-28-2010, 01:36 PM   #2
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It depends on what the specialty grain was. If it contained no enzymatic base grain varieties, you didn't make any extra sugar. Recipe?


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Unless there were some base grains in the mix, doing a mini-mash would not have made that much of a difference.
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I'll post the recipe when I get home this evening, it was a Dead Guy Clone from the book Beer Captured.
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Here's the grains list:
13 oz belgian cara-Munich malt
13 oz German Munich malt
7 oz US 40 crystal malt

With added extracts of:
4 lbs Alexanders pale malt extract syrup
4 lbs muntons light dry malt extract
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The Munich is self -converting and would help convert the other grains, so the answer is yes.


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