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Old 11-19-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
Jan 2012
Denver, Colorado
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So I am just getting into All Grain, building my system but I am at a cross roads.

Are there certain styles of beer that have to be step mashed? I might go with the RIMS set-up only to do an efficient step mash. But if it isn't needed, then HERMS I go.

Gotta figure this out so I can start buying equipment.


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Old 11-19-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
Aug 2011
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I don't think there are any styles that require a step mash. In fact, many craft breweries do a single infusion mash for all of their beers. Some might say that a step mash is preferred for a particular style, but I can't think of any styles that you couldn't brew because you aren't able to step up the mash temperature. I hope this helps. Good luck with your build.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
Jul 2011
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With today's highly modified malts step mashing IMO/IME is really not necessary. That being said I know wheat style beers that use a large percentage of wheat may benefit from a two or three step mash but it's not necessary.
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