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Old 10-24-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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Default Can I do an all wheat mash?

I am currently living in a place where there is nothing available, as far as I can tell but wheat. Now I have 7.5lbs of crushed wheat, and I'm not sure if it's malted or not. I know that I need the enzymes of someting malted to help break down the wheat so all that I could find was 2 lbs. of Malted Wheat Flakes. Will that be enough or does my mash require malted barley?


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Default Need some enzymes

From what I have read, you cannot do an all-wheat beer. If I recall correctly, it is recommended to have no more than 50% wheat as the grain bill. You will need some malted barley to give you the enzymatic action that is needed. (Please correct me if I am wrong). I hope that this helps.

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I am currently living in a place where there is nothing available, as far as I can tell but wheat. Now I have 7.5lbs of crushed wheat, and I'm not sure if it's malted or not. I know that I need the enzymes of someting malted to help break down the wheat so all that I could find was 2 lbs. of Malted Wheat Flakes. Will that be enough or does my mash require malted barley?
Well, 100% malted wheat beers have been done successfully... but I can't speak to your ingredients. Why not try it and let us know how it turns out?!
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I believe malted wheat can self-convert, so a 100% wheat beer is theoretically possible, but probably not a good idea. I'm sure someone has done it. I know the folks at Basic Brewing did a 100% rye beer.

Unless you have a load of rice hulls or are doing BIAB, you'll never be able to sparge. I've gone as high as 60% wheat with no issues (doing BIAB).

In this case, i don't know if wheat malt can convert other grains, so if the other wheat you have hasn't had something done to convert it already i don't know if it'd work. Plus if you can't get a lautering aid (rice hulls etc) or do BIAB you're guaranteed a stuck sparge.
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I believe malted wheat can self-convert, so a 100% wheat beer is theoretically possible, but probably not a good idea. I'm sure someone has done it. I know the folks at Basic Brewing did a 100% rye beer.
They're also the guys who do a 100% wheat beer
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I am currently living in a place where there is nothing available, as far as I can tell but wheat. Now I have 7.5lbs of crushed wheat, and I'm not sure if it's malted or not. I know that I need the enzymes of someting malted to help break down the wheat so all that I could find was 2 lbs. of Malted Wheat Flakes. Will that be enough or does my mash require malted barley?
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If your wheat isn't malted, you will have to add amylase enzyme.
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I thought malted wheat actually had more enzymes than 2-row malted barley, but I could be wrong. I don't think 2 lbs of malted wheat flakes will be enough to convert 7.5 lbs of unmalted wheat though. I'm not even sure if the enzymes would still be there after the flaking process. If the 7.5 lbs of wheat are actually malted then there won't be any conversion problems, but sparging will still suck.
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You can definitely do 100% malted wheat mashes.
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I believe malted wheat can self-convert, so a 100% wheat beer is theoretically possible, but probably not a good idea. I'm sure someone has done it. I know the folks at Basic Brewing did a 100% rye beer.

Unless you have a load of rice hulls or are doing BIAB, you'll never be able to sparge. I've gone as high as 60% wheat with no issues (doing BIAB).

In this case, i don't know if wheat malt can convert other grains, so if the other wheat you have hasn't had something done to convert it already i don't know if it'd work. Plus if you can't get a lautering aid (rice hulls etc) or do BIAB you're guaranteed a stuck sparge.
Unless you have a load of rice hulls or are doing BIAB, you'll never be able to sparge. I've gone as high as 60% wheat with no issues (doing BIAB).

What is a BIAB?


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