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Old 09-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #11
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I suggest mashing with 3-4 lbs. grain. This is what I do when I brew via Partial Mash/BIAB indoors with my 4.2 gal kettle (though I have another smaller kettle that I mash in). The beers come out just right. The rest should be approx 3-4 lbs. DME and sugar which will bring you up to 1.065-1.075 OG on average.



 
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:13 PM   #12
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1 lb dark belgian candi sugar (does this actually do anything that regular sugar won't?)
In a nutshell: It is a more fermentable sugar, making it easier to lower your FG.


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Old 09-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #13
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Why is that Bob? At 1.25 quart/lb I'd be using less than a gallon of water according to Can I mash It? the water plus grain would take up 1.2 gallons of space. I have a LOT left over so why not mash more? Grain is cheaper than LME or DME. If I mashed 8 lbs of grain that would use about 75% of the available space in my pot. Not trying to be argumentative just curious why you wouldn't mash the max-ish that your pot can handle?

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:17 PM   #14
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we rarely agree on anything here. On very rare occasions, if we have a specific and simple question, we can reach a consensus with a few dissenters. Hardly a hive mind....
thatīs not true!!!!

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:13 PM   #15
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I'd also like to add that I'm shooting for an OG of around 1.100 or so

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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0.5 Lb Special B
0.5 lb Roast barley
1 lb dark belgian candi sugar (does this actually do anything that regular sugar won't?)
0.25 lb Carapils
looks good, but i'd ditch the carapils. it's not necessary, plus its already contained in your extract. depending on how much roast you want, i'd consider bringing back the chocolate or carafa. IMO, i'd go 6-8lbs grains and cover the rest with extract/sugar.

yes, dark candi syrup adds more flavor than sucrose which adds none. it'll help with the raisin character you're shooting for. don't use the rocks, use the syrup or make your own.

 
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:15 AM   #17
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How would you go about making your own? If I can avoid paying north of $6/lb that'd be a plus.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:26 PM   #18
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I don't know if this was covered yet so I will say it anyways. Only mash the Maris Otter and then steep the specialty grains per your usual methods to save room in the mash tun.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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just curious why you wouldn't mash the max-ish that your pot can handle?
As a "veteran" of all of three partial mashes, I can tell you, you'll probably use more water than you planned to hit your temperatures the first couple times, especially if you're doing a mash-out as well as the main mash. Better to start small and have room for a couple extra quarts if you need 'em than the alternative...

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:36 AM   #20
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why you wouldn't mash the max-ish that your pot can handle?
Another point is that my 5 gallon pot is right up to the rim with 5 gallons of water in it. There is absolutely no way to stir without it sloshing all over the place. I'd much rather have at least of couple inches of leeway.



 
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