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Old 11-22-2007, 06:36 PM   #1
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I'm going to be brewing my first dry stout soon. I will be using oats and flaked barley for a total of 20% of the grain bill. The question is do I really need a protein rest? The oats and barley are flaked, therefore they are gelatinized. I was wondering what a protein rest would contribute, or if it would have any adverse affects? Most importantly how will the protein rest affect the flavor? I will be using a direct heat mash tun, so I can do a step mash.
BTW, I have done roggenbiers using 55% rye malt and wheat beers using +60% wheat malt without having a stuck sparge (knock on wood ).


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Old 11-22-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bother with a protein rest. Just go with a single infusion at around 156.


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Old 11-22-2007, 06:44 PM   #3
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I didn't think I needed the protein rest, thanks. However, 156F, isn't that a little high if I'm aiming for a dry stout? I would use that temp for a sweet stout but a dry stout, I'm not sure.
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Depends on how dry you want your stout. Personally, I like a little body to my stout, sweet or dry, so I'd mash it a touch on the high side.
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I'm with Yuri on the no need for protein rest.

I just dropped my mash temp from 154 to 150 to dry mine out some more. With 2 lbs of flaked barley I have plenty of body, just a tad to sweet last batch.

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