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Old 11-18-2007, 08:41 PM   #1
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This was the first time I have brewed using flaked corn. A few questions came up. In the mash there were dough balls like I have never seen, Is this normal? The mash stuck once, is this typical using corn? I have never had the mush out (or sparge) stick before.

On the upshot I hit my estimated OG on the number! 1st time ever.

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Old 11-18-2007, 10:08 PM   #2
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I know using corn is kind of frowned upon here. I was trying to make a Bass Ale clone. Really just looking for confirmation of what I think I know.

 
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:14 PM   #3
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I don't think corn is frowned about- it's used in several styles. I didn't answer just because I didn't know the answer! I've used flaked corn in only one brew and it worked fine. My cream ale uses corn and I didn't notice any doughballs or anything else unusual.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:28 PM   #4
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huummm... I had soft ball sized dough balls at mash in... Honestly is have always stirred my cracked grains prior to mash in. I didn't do that this go around and this may have been my issue. Thanks Lorena !!!

 
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:54 PM   #5
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I mix my flaked corn into my grain before I dough in. It can give a sticky grist all right. I add my grain bill to my heated water. Did you add water to the grist?
That would explain the big dough balls.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:00 PM   #6
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No I always add grain to the the hot water.

 
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:02 PM   #7
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OK then. I add my grist to the water a cup at a time while stirring it. I never get dough balls with any of my mashes. I don't stir to get foam ( want to avoid HSA, lol)
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I've only used corn once, and that was at about 10%.

That said, I didn't experince any doughballs and I had rye in there too. Used rice hulls too so lauter/sparge went well.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:16 PM   #9
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Wow I have never added the grist 1 cup at the time. I have always just poured it in... I considered using rice hulls if I want to make this recipe again.

 
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:31 PM   #10
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I take my time mashing in. It's not a race. I spread the grist over the top of my strike water and stir it in. I don't lose any temperture that I don't calculate for by having the water temp a bit over.
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