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Old 03-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default mash tun vs lauter tun

Can someone give me a basic difference... a luater has some sort of stirring mech? thanx... found the wiki, but need a lamens approach. :-)
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Lauter means to separate the grains from the wort, after mashing. So a lauter tun is simply the vessel in which that happens. In many cases, the functions of the mash tun and lauter tun are combined, and so a MLT (mash/lauter tun) is created.

Mashing is the process of mixing grains and water to make the wort, while lautering is simply the separation of the grains and wort.
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When it comes to homebrewing, they're often the same thing. Mash tun is where you mash, lauter tun is where you lauter. I do it all in the same cooler! You'll see it abbreviated as MLT (mash-lauter tun) around here a lot.

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so I have a mash tun, but when I am DRAINING it into a BUCKET, the bucket is my lauter tun? or they are one in the same...

I see that some lauter tuns, professionally, have mixing fins or blades... Do they run all the time... Thanx all
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Mashing="cooking" (conversion)
Lauter=straining(seperating wort from grain)
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You're over thinking it man. There are numerous ways to make a mash/lauter tun, but they all do the same thing. Grain and water go in, wort comes out. Just like making vegetable soup. Water and vegetables go into the pot, vegetable soup comes out.
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lol... I thought I was... Thanx for the kick in the right direction... Knowing is half the battle as they say... :-)
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so I have a mash tun, but when I am DRAINING it into a BUCKET, the bucket is my lauter tun? or they are one in the same...

I see that some lauter tuns, professionally, have mixing fins or blades... Do they run all the time... Thanx all
The mash tun is also the lauter tun in this case because it is the vessel that is separating grain from the wort.

Idk anything about commercial mash/lauter tuns.
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You're over thinking it man. There are numerous ways to make a mash/lauter tun, but they all do the same thing. Grain and water go in, wort comes out. Just like making vegetable soup. Water and vegetables go into the pot, vegetable soup comes out.
Its a little more like making a Stock. Water goes into a pot with a whole bunch of chicken parts, ya cook it up, and then strain out the broth with out all the chicken.

Your wort is a delicious sweet broth, but you dont want any of the stuff you used to make the broth in there, thats lautering
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Its a little more like making a Stock. Water goes into a pot with a whole bunch of chicken parts, ya cook it up, and then strain out the broth with out all the chicken.

Your wort is a delicious sweet broth, but you dont want any of the stuff you used to make the broth in there, thats lautering
That's true, I could have picked a better analogy. But, the OP got the point.
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