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The Importance of Mash Thickness


Harry Mittermaier — Baden bei Wien, Austria asks,

Thanks for your recent BYO+ video on mash thickness. According to some German brewing literature the question of mash thickness is treated differently for pale and dark beers, where a thicker mash and more sparge water are recommended for dark beers and vice versa. The underlying idea is that a thorough sparge with more water aids to extract more body and “graininess” from the grist. Is that more of a German myth?

Nice to know that our readers are also watching our video content online. Mash thickness is one of those things that many a brewer takes for granted because it simply lacks many