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Seeking a Crisp Finish


Jim Williams - Mount Prospect, Illinois asks,

One thing that I have noticed throughout the beers that I enjoy the most is that they have both a lot of flavor and they also finish rather crisp. What is the best way to brew a beer that has a medium to full body but also finishes crisp? I know that the higher temperature you mash at, the more body you will have. The only way I have heard to get more crispness to beer is to mash at lower temperatures. Any ideas?

Ah, in search of that wonderful crisp finish. I too prefer beers that do not linger on the palate and have a certain zip to them, and I have spent a fair
Response by Ashton Lewis.