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Old 05-11-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Enough 2 row in my mini mash?

Hello all! Quick question, im wondering if my grain bill below has enough 2 row to make the mini mash worth while. I dont really want to go any higher (heavier) since i'll already be down to 1qt/lb in the smaller pot i have which will fit nicely into my oven to mash.

2.5# 2 row
.75# Chocolate
.25# Black
.25# Flaked oats
.25# Flaked Wheat

FWIW, its for a porter, ill be using 4.5-5# Lt LME as well for the rest of the sugars.

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Old 05-11-2011, 09:08 PM   #2
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A rule of thumb for diastatic power is that the recipe's weighted average should be 50+. Let's say you have a 2-row with 150 DP. You could make a recipe with as little as 33% 2-row and up to 66% non-enzymatic malts, and still get decent conversion.

Some 2-rows have lower amounts than others, so it's a good idea to check the typical malt analysis for your base malt. Your LHBS or wherever you bought the malt from should be able to provide you with that info.


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Yes, that's plenty.

Just a note. When doing a mini mash, I recommend using as much grain as possible. The bigger the grain bill, the easier it is to keep the temperature stable.

Also makes the beer cheaper and better.
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Good to know! Looks like anything 60% or higher seems to be enough.

I wish i could do more, but my equipment is holding me back and dont reeeeally want to purchase additional (bigger) pots or a MLT (im using an oven to mash). I've found i can do 4lbs which will cut my cost down by about 9 dollars (20-25% depending on the beer).
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