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Old 10-02-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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Hey all, I've been reading up on this new mini mash idea called countertop partial mash and was wondering if anyone out there has done this? I have a2 gallon cooler so im going to try it, if you have tried it did you do a full boil?

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Old 10-02-2007, 11:26 PM   #2
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I did it and to me it is not worth the hassel. Just move up to all grain full time and you will be much happier, or at least I was.


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Old 10-02-2007, 11:39 PM   #3
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I've done it, and I like it better than straight extract. It gives me much more flexibility until I can go all grain (which would necessitate having access to larger amounts of grain than I can afford to have shipped.)
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I have been doing Mini Mashes/Partail Mashes now for about 2 years. No, I do not do a Full Boil. I Batch Sparge enough Wort to equate to what the recipe calls for to use in Water. Example. My Red Ale that I brewed this past Saturday night called for 2.5 Gallons of water to for my Boil. So, I batch soarged enough Wort to make 2.5 Gallons of Wort then I followed the recipe from there adding DME as needed.

Mini Mashes are a great way to check out the All Grain Brewing without haveing to really worry about your Mash Efficiency as most of your Fermentables will be coming from the DME. I am slowly building my AG system now and with the Mini Mash stuff I have, I am almost their.
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I did one partial mash (a.k.a. mini-mash) before deciding that All grain was the way to go.

it the same process, just way more grain. some guys have an insulated pot for a mash tun and direct fire it to heat it up...I find the cooler route with a separate hot liquid tank works well for me.

If you can do a full boil, I'd go all grain. you get such better beer IMO.
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i can't do all-grain due to lack of space, carpeted floors, and the fact that i would probably burn my apt down if i tried to use a burner on my deck.

i do a "pseudo-mash." I basically mash, then pour through a colander and do a half-ass sparge by pouring 170 F water over the grains. my colander will only hold four pounds of grain, so that's all i can mash. i usually end up adding a lot of extract, but i magically get 70-75% efficiency using this method.

every batch i've made using this method has turned out great. of course, most of my extract/steeping grains are pretty good too.

that being said...if i COULD go all-grain, i would and as soon as i have the capability, i WILL!
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yeah thats the thing, i currently dont have to the room to go all grain, trust me when i do i will be there in a heart beat. but i want more flexability and was hoping this woud be a good start in that direction. If this workks out then great, i hope i can make some truely awesome beers!
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Well i did my partial mash today and everything went of well, Hopefully i will taste of be able to tell a difference in this beer compaired to fll extract brews!!!
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Great! I've had AG capability for years, but I do PM frequently. If I'm really in a rush, I'll do them partial boil as well. I find them much faster and easier than AG. Probably the best way to improve your brew when you're cramped for space, money or time.


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