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Old 09-06-2008, 02:40 AM   #1
Aug 2008
Atl, GA
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ok i'll be batch sparging and was reading up on this, but i've seen two diffrent ways to mash, well to start the mash. one has the grain int he MLT first and then you pour yoru strike water onto/into it and stir. the other is to haev the strike water int he MLT already and slowly add in the grain. so which is it? grain the water or water then grain? 0_o

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Old 09-06-2008, 02:42 AM   #2
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Add the water first then the grain. If you add grain first and miss your temp with the water sucks for you. But if you add water first and temp isn't quit right then you can fix it.
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so barley is a leaves of hops? or barley is a different plant? and blend with hops? I need that to be cleared thanks..

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Old 09-06-2008, 02:43 AM   #3
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You will see it written both ways. The majority will say water first, then grain. The reason is that you can stir while adding the grain avoiding "dough balls" if the grain clumps together, which will affect efficiency. I always add the water first.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:56 AM   #4
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There are proponents for both methods. Like McKBrew, I prefer water first.


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Old 09-06-2008, 03:20 AM   #5
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I did my first batch sparge following palmers directions he says " you want to add the water to the grain not the other way around" and this has always worked really well for me, and i also followed his temp calculation of TW=(0.2/ratio of water to grain)(the temp you wanna mash at-the temp or your grain)+the temp you mash at. It has came out good every time.

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