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View Poll Results: Mash - Which comes first?
I mix the grain into the water 51 85.00%
I pour the water into the grain 9 15.00%
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:17 AM   #11
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Sep 2010
South Elgin, IL
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I do the same as many others have said.

Heat water above strike temp.
Dump the water into the Mash Tun to heat it up.
Once the water is down to strike temp I start pouring in the grain.

Depending on the amount of grain and the amount of adjuncts (corn & rice in particular), I will sometimes put in about half the grain in, stir well, then add the other half and stir it very well to get rid of any dough-balls.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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In my non-brewing life activities this is like making powdered hot chocolate. If you add the hot milk first and then the powder it easily mixes together with maybe one or two tiny clumps. Any time I have put the powder in the mug and then poured the hot milk on top I have problems getting rid of big clumps (doughballs).

I guess this is why I have always added strike water first.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:48 PM   #13
Mar 2011
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My technique may be due to not having my setup dialed in perfectly, but I always add water to grain so I can monitor the temperature constantly. I've had wildly different temp swings in summer vs winter, so I use the amount of strike water I add to stabilize my mash temps.

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:20 PM   #14
Feb 2011
Seattle, Wa
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If you pour hot water into the grain, you have to worry about loss of heat during transfer. If you put hot water (above strike temp) into your tun first and let it cool a few degrees by stirring, you are assured of having a relatively consistent temperature throughout the mash and you can easily hit your rest temperature.

edit: After reading through this, I'm pretty surprised at how many other people do it grain to water like me. Most videos I've watched about brewing shows the traditional HLT pouring hot water into a mash tun full of grain.

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:22 PM   #15
Jul 2012
Lynchburg, VA
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I had been doing water to grain recently, but I think this thread has convinced me to switch to grain-to-water. I like the idea of overheating the water then letting it cool before adding the grain - I'll have to give that a shot on the next brew day.

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