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Old 07-17-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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This is my first post, after a long time of reading, so thanks in advance for all the help you've all given me so far.

I have a lot of cracked corn that I've used as an adjunct for my BMC brews. I'd like to try for a pure corn SMaSH to see what the flavor is on it's own. I wasn't sure if Amylase would help me get the sugar out of the dried/cracked corn, or if I'd have to continue to use it as an adjunct.

Any advice? Would fresh corn work better? It will probably be a 1 gallon batch for trying this, so fresh corn wouldn't be out of the question, but there has got to be a way to convert the cracked stuff (it's so cheap).



 
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:31 AM   #2
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You would have to cook it before you mash it. I'm not exactly sure that beer would even be in the realm of "drinkable" but it's an experiment so fire away.


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Old 07-17-2010, 12:49 AM   #3
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they brew 100% beer in south america and they call it chicha.Some areas malt the corn first and some just boil it to get the starches out.The guy on bizzare foods tryed it in the amazon on his show.They let it ferment no longer than 5 days then drink it fresh, they say it gets realy bitter if let out to long.

 
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:19 AM   #4
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Couldn't you pretty much just use corn sugar, since that's what you're trying to make anyway? I realize it wouldn't use up your stock, but it's cheap enough.

But if you used amylase, I'm sure you could convert the majority of the starches.
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:22 AM   #5
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Lautering would be a problem too, unless you use a ton of rice hulls or just did a chibuku kinda thing.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:30 AM   #6
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Thanks for the quick input, I am going to give it a try with the amylase. I will probably just give it a boil, and a rest with amylase which seems to be the chicha-type way. I'll try it in a week, and see how it gets on with age.

I was thinking willamette hops with the corn? Any hop suggestions to go with the corn flavor? No hops at all? I might try a gallon with hops, and a gallon without.

 
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:14 AM   #7
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Ended up doing it with hops, just a gallon. I tried it tonight, and it came out pretty good. REALLY mellow and light. Not much of a head on it, BMC drinkers eat your heart out. I'll post a pic in the morning.

I love corn, and the corn flavor really came through. I'll definitively be adding cracked corn to recipes later on.

 
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:17 AM   #8
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Right on!! I never thought it would come out to be a decent beer, but it sounds like you pulled it off. All I can imagine is drinking the water out of a can of corn.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:18 AM   #9
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3 lbs of cracked corn, some amylase, and a S***load of rice hulls. It lautered fine.

Poor efficiency, but oh well. It probably added to the corn flavor.

 
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:21 AM   #10
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....so a little confession... I used to drink the water out of a can of corn. The flavor of this brew might not be for everyone.



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