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Old 08-20-2010, 02:53 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by shortyjacobs View Post
The key in my mind is consistency.
Make sense?
I agree that consistency and learning your own rig is key. My own strategy is to trust BeerSmith temperature calculations even above my thermometer once the mash has been mixed.

My first couple batches once I mixed I was never happy I'd get a hot spot reading to high and a clump too low and be opening the lid multiple times to add hot or cold water and trying to get the right temperature and reading. Now I:
1. Use BeerSmith enter my recipe, mash volume and goal mash temperature and allow it to calculate the temperature of my mash water.
2. Dump my water into my tun about 5 degrees above that to preheat the cooler.
3. Once my temperature is at the number BeerSmith gave me add my grains and mix really well to get all the grains wet.
4. Close the lid and leave it alone.

With a calibrated thermometer I figure the calculation BeerSmith gives me must be correct in that amount a of water @ b degrees + amount c of grain @ d degrees = mash temperature and in the past I found the more fiddling I did the harder I made it on myself to hit the temperature correctly.

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Old 08-20-2010, 03:24 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by JJL View Post
If your temp is anywhere between say 145F and 170F you are mashing. Really, some reactions will occur at even lower temps than that. The difference is that lower temps will result in a lower malt more attenuative mash. Higher temps result in the reverse. You will still get conversion at lower temps. It will just change the flavor and body of the beer.
This is good to know. Thank you.

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Old 08-21-2010, 02:22 AM   #13
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i may have to use the paintmixer on a drill idea and see if that helps. thanks for the responses, as usual i learned something new from you dudes.

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Old 08-21-2010, 03:52 AM   #14
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Paint mixer works awesome. Many worry about Hot Side Aeration and only run it super slow....I gave up on that and run it fast because I'm impatient, but it works either way .
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